“Sam, Where Have You BEEN?” (Life Updates & Other Things You’ve Been Asking About!)

Alright, so I'm apologizing in advance if this is a really boring blog entry, but it seems kind of necessary at this point! As you might have noticed, the amount of content I’m putting out into the world has decreased pretty noticeably. Some of you have been asking if I’m doing alright, and if the [...]

Visibility Matters: Why Sharing Our Stories Will Change the World

Around this time last week, I was a procrastinating graduate student, managing a small blog, with a following of wonderful friends and friends-of-friends who found my writing to be interesting. As I write to you this week, I’m a writer with a blog that has readers from over 180 countries around the world, and 2.4 [...]

Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness

Internet, we need to have a talk. I’ve had a number of readers ask why I’ve neglected to write about Amanda Bynes this last year. It’s simple, really. I don’t believe that celebrities are “fair game,” and that, when they have very human and very difficult struggles, I should capitalize on those things by writing [...]

What You’re Actually Saying When You Ignore Someone’s Gender Pronouns

It can't be emphasized enough: Coming out as transgender or any variation thereof is downright terrifying. It is often met with criticism, resistance, and invalidation. When I came out to friends, it felt like the world was crashing down all around me. And by far, the worst part was the resistance I faced when asking [...]

10 Things That “Hella” Surprised Me About the SF Bay

Having been born and raised in a quiet, Midwestern suburb, I should have known that the Bay would be a whole different animal. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but California is not, in any way, remotely similar to Michigan. For laughs, I figured I'd share some of the ridiculous, more trivial things that [...]