Hi, I’m Sam Dylan Finch. Looks like you found my blog!
Created in July 2014, Let’s Queer Things Up! is my personal blog that chronicles my journey as a mentally ill, non-binary trans person. Known for being vulnerable and real, some people say that there’s a lot of “oversharing” on LQTU.
Well, I say that those people should get off my lawn! *shakes fist*
I created this blog as a way of sharing my experiences in a world that, too often, erases the stories of people like me and communities like mine. Six million views and hundreds of articles later, LQTU is holding space for nuanced conversations around queerness, mental health, and feminism.
Since its founding, the content you find here has been read in over 180+ countries worldwide, translated into multiple languages, and used as an accessible resource in universities and organizations all over the globe. Pretty cool, eh?
If you’re new here, here are some articles I’d recommend checking out:
- Debates About My Gender Have Convinced Me Of One Thing: It’s Time To Get Louder
- When Your Violin is Supposed to Be a Cello
- 3 Transition Obstacles I Never Expected as Mentally Ill and Transgender
Okay, so who exactly am I?
I’m Sam! I’m a genderqueer writer and editor, working in digital media with the hopes of changing the conversation around trans/queer identity, mental health, and social justice.
As someone who struggles with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and complex PTSD – as well as moving through the world as a queer and transgender person – connecting with people who share my experiences has been a very important part of my journey.
But it’s been difficult to find myself represented in the media I consume, to say the least. I created Let’s Queer Things Up!, then, as a safe haven for myself and others in my community. Since then, I’ve dedicated my career to complicating the narratives around mental health and LGBTQIA+ identity.
From 9-5, I’m an Editor/Writer on the Content Collaborations team at Upworthy. And almost every other waking hour, I’m publishing here on the blog or on other platforms like Rewire, The Establishment, Everyday Feminism, and even the New York Times.
I’m an insufferable optimist courtesy of antidepressants, and a feminist killjoy thanks to that dang liberal arts degree. I’m a recovering Midwestern suburbanite enjoying city life in the San Francisco Bay Area, with my partner Ray and my adorable cat, Pancake.
And needless to say, I’m queer as hell.
What makes you so qualified to talk about this, anyway?
Besides my lived experience as mentally ill, non-binary, and queer…? 😉
I have two degrees in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies, as well as a certificate in Writing in the Public Sphere. I’ve also worked closely with platforms like Everyday Feminism, The Body Is Not An Apology, and Upworthy to really hone my knowledge around progressive social issues and the landscape of digital media.
In other words, it’s stuff that I’ve lived, studied, and committed my career to (though, to be honest, I’m pretty sure living it is the most important part).
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!