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The I'm From Driftwood Podcast

I'm From Driftwood, Alex Berg, Anddy Egan-Thorpe, Phil aka Corinne

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I’m From Driftwood is an LGBTQIA+ storytelling nonprofit whose aim is to increase empathy and empower individuals by creating an apolitical forum for LGBTQ stories from every age, race, gender identity, background and culture. Since 2009, IFD has filmed and published over 700 video stories that have accrued over 35+ million views on its YouTube Channel. The I'm From Driftwood Podcast brings its queer storytelling to a new medium. Each episode will feature the audio clips from stories from the I’m From Driftwood archive, and the stories and subject matter will be discussed by the two podcast hosts. Topics discussed will range from bi-inclusion, childhood crushes, and gender identity, to love, race, and drag culture. The Podcast will be produced by Anddy Egan-Thrope and hosted by Alex Berg and Phil aka Corinne. Anddy is a Made in NY Fellow, the producer of the podcast “Queers From the Crypt”, and creator, producer, and host of “Fruit Basket”, a podcast about queer comedy. Alex, a “loud and proud bisexual femme” is a journalist covering national news, women’s issues, and LGBTQ culture. Phil is the creator, producer, and host of the podcast “Transition of Style” whose mission is to “help gender non-conforming people bring forth their most authentic, confident and true selves by providing professional styling.”
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Rural Stories

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01/20/22 • 32 min

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Which is a better place to live for queer and trans folks - the city or the country? Turns out it depends on who you ask. Rae thought that the rural Appalachian town they grew up in would be hostile to LGBTQIA+ folks and opted to live in Austin for a decade before realizing they missed the mountain air and wanted to increase queer visibility back home. Levi, meanwhile, realized that his hometown - which had an active KKK - wasn’t the right place for a queer man and so instead relocated to a more urban city where he could find the supportive community he needed. In this episode, Phil and Alex listen to Rae and Levi’s stories and discuss how both urban and rural locations can be queer-friendly (or not), their shared belief that people should ultimately go where they can find the fullest version of themselves, and touch on a little bit of queer and trans rural culture.
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01/20/22 • 32 min

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Coming Out

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08/06/20 • 22 min

When Robyn heard homophobic comments as a child, she had no idea how her grandmother would react when she eventually came out as trans as an adult. Similarly, Courtney wasn’t sure if he would be accepted for being gay after his father made a disparaging offhand remark about two men kissing in a music video. Would they be accepted? Or would their fears be proven true? In this episode, Phil and Alex discuss Robyn and Courtney’s coming out stories, share their own coming out stories, and the importance of allies speaking up when they hear homophobic or transphobic remarks.
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08/06/20 • 22 min

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Bi-Inclusion

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07/02/20 • 17 min

As LGBTQ+ people, we’ve long sought equality, representation and inclusion in the broader community. But are we extending the same respect to each other? Listen to the stories of Evonna McDonald and Amelia Meigs, two women who repeatedly had biphobic encounters with people from the broader queer community they assumed would be natural allies. In this episode, Phil and Alex discuss these stories and the pervasiveness of biphobia within the queer community, as well as Alex’s own personal experiences with biphobia.
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07/02/20 • 17 min

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07/23/20 • 28 min

When Don Bell came of age as a gay man in college, the United States was engaged in a disastrous war in Vietnam. Were it discovered that he was gay, he would’ve surely been kicked out of school and drafted into the military, a dangerous outcome at a time when Black servicemembers were disproportionately serving - and dying - overseas. We had a chance to hear these and other stories when we filmed Don back in 2017. In this episode Phil and Alex catch up with Don about his parents, the history of Chicago’s famous gay district, the parallels is our country’s social justice movements, and what his own future holds.
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07/23/20 • 28 min

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Substance Abuse & Addiction

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07/16/20 • 18 min

Substance abuse and addiction do not discriminate. In fact, in the LGBTQ community, it sometimes feels like we are hit harder with dependency issues than any other community. In this episode, Alex and Phil discuss the stories of Ashley and Vernon, two people who turned to substances to help deal with their queer identities.
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07/16/20 • 18 min

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Immigration

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07/09/20 • 20 min

While being queer in the United States poses life-threatening risks and dangers for far too many, the U.S. represents a beacon of hope and safety for many living in other countries. In this episode, Alex and Phil discuss the stories of Ilo from Venezuela and Adrian from Jamaica, whose lives were in jeopardy in their home countries simply for being queer. Both Ilo and Adrian were granted asylum with the help of local resources and organizations.
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07/09/20 • 20 min

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HIV/AIDS & Healthcare Discrimination

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07/30/20 • 23 min

Before his transition, Teo was repeatedly dismissed by healthcare professionals when he realized he’d contracted HIV from an ex-girlfriend. Doug, meanwhile, was kicked out of a hospital room by a doctor because he wasn’t related by blood to his boyfriend, who was living with HIV at the time. Different people, different walks of live, but both shared a similar experience: culturally incompetent healthcare. In this episode, Phil and Alex explore the discrimination in healthcare and the evolving conversation around HIV/AIDS and prevention.
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07/30/20 • 23 min

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Celebrity Interview with Sherry Vine!

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06/25/20 • 18 min

Back in 2014, I’m From Driftwood sat down with Keith Levy, the creative genius behind drag queen extraordinaire, Sherry Vine, where he told us about his reluctant entrée into drag and the benefits he reaped once he dived into it full-throttle. In this episode, Phil and Alex look back at his story and catch up with Keith on where he is today, the current state of drag, and why it’s important to enjoy what you do.
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06/25/20 • 18 min

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Outward Appearance

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06/25/20 • 16 min

Most people care about how they present themselves to the world. This is especially true for Charlie and Oliver. Both stories involve a simple yet deeply important haircut. For Charlie, a trans man, his haircut in a men’s barber shop in Italy represented a rite of passage. For Oliver, who is non-binary, the “cool slick masculine haircut” they got helped them finally align their appearance with their identity. In this episode, we’ll listen to these two stories and hear Phil and Alex discuss their own experiences with appearance and expression and the role it plays in their lives as queer people.
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06/25/20 • 16 min

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08/13/20 • 32 min

Pearl Bennett transitioned later in life. While she was preparing to head back to NYC from Fire Island, she was going through her regular routine of taking off her women’s clothing to present as a man. “But Pearl came out of me,” Pearl explains, “and said ‘I’m not taking them off.’” That’s when her life changed forever, allowing her to live a fuller, more authentic life as a woman. In this episode, Phil and Alex talk to Pearl about her transition journey, her family, and what she’s up to today.
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08/13/20 • 32 min

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How many episodes does The I'm From Driftwood Podcast have?

The I'm From Driftwood Podcast currently has 48 episodes available.

What topics does The I'm From Driftwood Podcast cover?

The podcast is about Lgbt, Society & Culture, Lgbtq, Lesbian, Storytelling, Documentary, Podcasts, Gay, Relationships and Queer.

What is the most popular episode on The I'm From Driftwood Podcast?

The episode title 'Rural Stories' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on The I'm From Driftwood Podcast?

The average episode length on The I'm From Driftwood Podcast is 27 minutes.

How often are episodes of The I'm From Driftwood Podcast released?

Episodes of The I'm From Driftwood Podcast are typically released every 7 days.

When was the first episode of The I'm From Driftwood Podcast?

The first episode of The I'm From Driftwood Podcast was released on Jun 22, 2020.

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