Who the heck is Sam Dylan Finch?

Screen Shot 2019-09-02 at 4.38.26 PMThat’s me, hi! I’m Sam.

I’m a 27-year-old writer and editor, living in the San Francisco Bay Area in sunny California. My pronouns are he/him.

I like iced coffee, tattoos, sparkle emojis, self-help books, bodies of water, fall weather, androgynous fashion, the color pink, and interior design.

And cats! I can’t say this enough. I love cats.

I’m an optimist helped along with antidepressants, an extrovert with a short attention span (thanks, ADHD!), and if I were a dog, I’d be a labradoodle.

I started this blog in 2014 to share my journey in mental health, as well as my gender transition. I felt isolated as an LGBTQ+ person living with mental illness — so I chose to share my story.

I have OCD, ADHD, and an eating disorder, as well as being a survivor of trauma. My lived experience alone has given me a lot of insight into recovery.

And as a self-professed geek and frequent visitor to the psychology and self-help sections of every bookstore in my city, I’ve learned a lot. (This is probably why my therapist once referred to me as “the closest thing to an unlicensed psychologist I’ve ever seen.” Whoops.)

While I’m not a therapist by any stretch, I’m an avid researcher and a journalist by trade. I write about what I’ve learned with the hopes of supporting others in their own journeys! Clinicians aren’t the only ones with perspectives worth sharing, you know. 🙂

When I’m not blogging, I’m cat dad to two very precious cats (Pancake and Cannoli) and loving spouse to a badass non-binary person.

You’ll often find me complaining about something on Twitter, drinking a lot more coffee than I should, and working full-time as the Editor of Mental Health and Chronic Conditions at Healthline.com.

However… I am just one voice among many in the queer community.

This is why I hope you’ll join us on Facebook as I amplify other essential LGBTQIA+ voices and organizations, deepening our understanding of the nuances and intersections that exist outside of my own experiences.

While this is my personal blog, I remain committed to partnering with other multiply-marginalized activists and communities to expand our conversations around these issues!

Feedback? Contact me – I don’t bite!