Hey, hello, hi! My name is Sam Dylan Finch, and I am the founder of Let’s Queer Things Up!
LQTU! is a blog that tackles political issues and pop culture from a queer, feminist perspective. It is a unique site, visited by readers from over 180 countries around the world. Together we unpack interesting and, at times, controversial topics ranging from gender identity to mental health in a way that is deeply personal, honest, and accessible.
With four million page views in this last month alone, the blog has grown beyond what I ever imagined. What started as a blog to express my passions has now become an educational resource in universities, a community for folks with marginalized identities, and a place to find fresh and exciting articles that challenge the status quo.
This website has been a labor of love, and in my perfect world, it would be my full-time job. However, there’s rent to be paid, and as a graduate student, tuition is incredibly expensive. I am currently relying on student loans, which ultimately mean scraping by every month. I would love to commit more time to LQTU!, posting even more content and a wider variety of media, but the financial strain ultimately means that I must focus my energies elsewhere.
With your donations, I could post articles more frequently, including book reviews and feature articles, where I can create greater visibility for other marginalized artists and activists; I could make videos, hire a comic artist, and expand this platform to include other writers.
Best of all, I could also begin to pay our amazing staff. Let’s Queer Things Up! has a team of awesome volunteers that help moderate comments, design illustrations, edit the writing, and ensure that everything is running smoothly. Unfortunately, because I’m broke, I can’t compensate them for their time.
Donations could alleviate the financial barriers that prevent me from investing more time, more energy, and more money into making this website a greater resource and a larger platform.
Similar to a Kickstarter, Patreon allows you to donate however little or much as you’d like on a monthly basis. In exchange, I’ll be offering different rewards for folks who donate. Click around and check it out!
You can also donate via PayPal if you’re interested!
Any donation, however small, helps us expand and grow, reaching a greater audience and ultimately changing lives. Let’s Queer Things Up!, at its core, has always been about shining a light on the issues that matter, and the people who are affected by them. I’m honored to be doing this work, and I’m hoping that you’ll join me.