About Sam

Who is Sam Dylan Finch?

Hi, it’s nice to meet you! I’m Sam, and this is my little corner of the internet. Make yourself comfortable!

I’m a 28-year-old writer and wellness coach, living in the San Francisco Bay Area in sunny California. He or they pronouns are fine by me!

I started Let’s Queer Things Up! six years ago, hoping to empower LGBTQ+ people to take command of their mental health, share their stories, and uplift one another. LQTU! is equal parts advice blog and personal journey; I’ve written about everything from body image, to ADHD hacks, to the simple joys of life “after recovery.”

I’ve always had an affinity for self-help books and all things woo, but felt they were too often detached from my experiences as a queer and trans person with mental health struggles. Writing my own story has helped me to find meaning in the everyday — and I love to support others in carving out their own paths, too.

Once described as having a “PhD in self-care,” I’ve since embraced my geeky nature, sharing what I’ve learned both as a mental health journalist and a positive psychology nerd. While I’m not a therapist by any stretch, I truly believe that people with lived experience have valuable contributions to make when we’re talking about mental health.

When I’m not blogging, I’m cat dad to two very precious cats (Pancake and Cannoli), drinking lots of taro milk tea, and amassing an obscene number of houseplants. I’m an unapologetic optimist, bisexual witch, and the human equivalent of a labradoodle. I’m basically what happens when you put Leslie Knope and Steven Universe into one human being.

If you’re interested in coaching or working together, take a look at my website for more about what I do. Thanks for stopping by!

Feedback? Contact me – I don’t bite!