Your Audio Selfie — Nathan Manske on Being Honest with Others

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 6:08am
Photo by Lily Percy

Your Audio Selfie — Nathan Manske on Being Honest with Others

by Lily Percy (@lilmpercy),  Senior Producer

“If I can’t tell people why we are doing this, how can I expect others to share their stories?”

Nathan Manske is the founder and executive director of I’m From Driftwood, an oral history project that collects written and video stories from members of the LGBTQ community. He started this endeavor in 2009 after seeing a photograph of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., holding a sign that read, “I’m From Woodmere, N.Y.” (Manske grew up in Driftwood, Texas.)

A year after starting I’m from Driftwood, Manske launched a Kickstarter campaign that supported a four-month-long, 50-state tour to collect stories from small towns and cities all across America — not just the major metropolitan areas like New York, L.A., and Chicago. He wanted to prove that LGBTQ people were everywhere.

For our fledgling Your Audio Selfie project, we ask one question. I asked him how collecting these stories changed him. He tells this story about visiting a small town in Oklahoma, confronting his fears, and coming to terms with being honest and open about his project with others he encountered on the road.

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Lily Percy is senior producer at On Being.

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Loved this story!
Great project!

I really enjoyed Mr. Manske's audio selfie. I don't know whether to congratulate or salute or thank him, or perhaps all three, but it's nice to know he's enjoying his summer and project.

Best of luck -- and if you are in Northern Virginia or DC, we'd love to meet you!

Thank you Nathan! Loved your selfie.
Blessings to you.

So glad for this! We should all be able to tell the story of our authentic self, whatever that story may be.

Thanks for sharing. People are not aware of how much & often members of the LGBTQ family have these little moments of self edits. Inspiring to hear an alternative tactic on dealing with these interactions with one's own internalized homophobia. Many thanks.