LGBT Activist Promotes Site
Manske told the crowd that he was inspired to create a website of true LGBT stories after seeing an image of Harvey Milk, one of the United States’ first gay elected officials. Milk, Manske described, was riding on the trunk of a car holding up a sign that stated, “I’m from Woodmere, NY.” It was then that Manske realized that there were lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people all around the world and that he wanted to give each person an opportunity to share their own, true stories. He made it clear that the stories on his website were not “coming out” stories; they were just stories of first dates, crushes, or any other meaningful experience in an LGBT person’s life.
During his presentation, Manske showed many videos of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women. Manske also talked about how he and his team embarked on a 50 state story tour during the fall of 2010 to the winter of 2011. During that tour, Manske collected LGBT experiences from every state. He noted that the most important idea he learned on the tour was the “importance of sharing stories.” He added, “It all goes back to that one moment—this is what I’m doing; this is who I am.” Manske also mentioned that his experience at Dickinson has “been great” and, although he was not in town for long, he called his time “pretty fun.”
Erica Gordon, an Assistant Director of Student Life and the event coordinator, was very happy with how the event turned out. According to Gordon, The event was organized in matter of days and was not very difficult to put together. Gordon “was approached by a student, Peter Shapiro, with the idea of bringing Nathan to campus.”