I'm From Driftwood is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit forum for true lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories. Founder and Executive Director Nathan Manske and two companions successfully completed a four-month, 50-state "story tour" collecting LGBTQ stories from towns and cities across the country. They're pulling some of the most relevant, important, and sometimes just enjoyable stories from their archives and sharing them with The Huffington Post.
D'yan Forest was born 79 years ago and raised in a conservative suburb of Boston. After graduating from college, D'yan did what everyone else seemed to be doing: She got married.
I married a nice Jewish boy, a lawyer. I was miserable. It was boring. The sex wasn't that good. In those days you didn't really know what sex was. He wanted to have babies, and I wanted to go skiing and travel.
After getting a divorce, D'yan traveled to Paris and had lots of new experiences. One in particular changed her life. She met a man who took her to a party where people could have sex if they chose to.
And for this girl from Boston, this was mind-blowing. So he says, "Do you want a woman to touch you?" I said, "OK." The women touch me, men touch me. My husband always called me a cold fish. I was no cold fish that night. I became a new woman.
After becoming aware of her bisexuality, D'yan now had a new unexpected challenge: the gay community.
I have hid from straight people for years that I'm gay. Now that I've come out, that I'm bisexual, I find out that the gay community is not accepting of me. So now I hide from the gay people that I'm bisexual. I hope that in 50 years this will all be resolved, that you can be gay, bi, transgender, transsexual, do anything you want, and you're just accepted.
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