VIDEOS: I'm From Driftwood's new interviews depict LGBT life in the South

The LGBT Story Archive, "I'm From Driftwood" posted three new stories of LGBT Southerners with whom GLAAD met during GLAAD's Southern Stories Summer Tour earlier this year. The stories spotlighted by I'm From Driftwood send a simple yet powerful message to LGBT people everywhere: you are not alone.

Through the power of storytelling, I'm From Driftwood (IFD)  aims to create a world for LGBT people in which every LGBT person feels understood and accepted, and every non-LGBT person is an ally. I'm From Driftwood's intentionally shares videos and media that portray diverse stories and experiences of LGBT people. After meeting on GLAAD's Souther Stories Summer Tour, GLAAD has worked with Nicole, Cody, and Alexa to amplify their voices and connect them with I'm From Driftwood. 

Watch some of the latest IFD videos to see these three LGBT folks discussing their place in the South:

Nicole
"Big cities like New York, Los Angeles may have opportunities. Places like Mississippi are just as important and those opportunities to be who we are, and understanding will grow over time," says Nicole discussuing transitioning in Mississippi. Nicole attributes video games in helping her embrace her identity.

 

Cody
Cody talks about his HIV status while still living in the South stating, "Being HIV-positive is not a death sentence. That’s the main thing, you will live."

Alexa
"Hopefully students will feel a lot more comfortable, any students that are maybe struggling with sexual identity that they can see that they can come to me, I’m an ally I’m someone that they can speak to." Alexa discusses her experiences dismissing homophobic language as a teacher.

Visit imfromdriftwood.com to discover more about I'm Driftwood and its mission as an LGBT Story Archive.

In late 2014, GLAAD commissioned Harris Poll to measure attitudes towards LGBT Americans. What we found is that even though 2015 has been (and is poised to continue to be) an historic year for the rights of LGBT Americans, beneath legal and policy progress lies a layer of uneasiness and discomfort. While the public is increasingly embracing LGBT civil rights and equal protection under the law, many are still uncomfortable with having LGBT people in their families and the communities where they live. Within these numbers we find that Southerners feel significantly more discomfort about their LGBT family, friends, and neighbors than is found in other regions of the country.

Americans' attitudes and behavior on LGBT equality are not just influenced by what they see and hear, but who they know. GLAAD's Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBT people and their allies in the South to create a cultural shift towards LGBT acceptance and understanding in the region.

To learn more about how GLAAD is creating change and accelerating acceptance in the Southern United States with its Southern Stories program, visit www.glaad.org/southernstories.