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Let’s Queer Things Up! is a personal blog exploring queer/trans identity, mental health, self-care, cats, and whatever else pops into my brain. By sharing my own experiences, I’m hoping to educate, empower, and (maybe?) make you feel a little less alone.

LQTU! was created back in July of 2014, and since then, it’s become a pretty special corner of the internet.

We’ve got readers in over 180 countries, and have amassed over 7 million (this still trips me up) page views. But more importantly, we’ve got a stellar community of readers who care an awful lot about making the world a little better.

Let’s Queer Things Up! is a blog about living thoughtfully — whether it’s learning to support one another in community, or reflecting on how to better take care of ourselves.

You might be here for all of it, or maybe my life is just interesting to you. Either way, welcome aboard!

Here are some of the more popular articles on this blog, to give you a small taste of what I’m doing here:

Who the heck is Sam Dylan Finch?

46144242_2165526267035329_6676959727479422976_nThat’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. I like iced coffee, tattoos, sparkle emojis, self-help books, bodies of water, fall weather, androgynous fashion, and IKEA.

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, and that geeky friend that probably would’ve been a student forever if debt weren’t a thing. If I were a dog, I’d be a (really gay) labradoodle.

I’m also transgender! I began my gender transition about six years ago (and started testosterone three years ago).

While I identify as a genderqueer gay boy, more or less, I have pretty mixed up feelings about the binary — and my sense of self is always shifting. But I happen to think that’s what makes gender pretty cool!

You’ll notice that I write about mental health, too. That’s because I live with obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, and complex PTSD.

Suffice to say, I’m a lot of fun at parties.

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 a journalist and media strategist.

My life is hectic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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!