Sam Dylan Finch is on a mission to ‘queer things up.’

rh41lqn_400x400 (1)Writer. Editor. Advocate. Media Strategist.

Sam Dylan Finch is a leading advocate in LGBTQ+ mental health, having first gained international recognition for his blog, Let’s Queer Things Up!, which went viral in 2014.

Over seven million views later, LQTU! remains a vital community resource, driving the conversation around mental health for queer and transgender people.

Since then, he’s worked with leading social impact platforms like Upworthy, GOOD, and Everyday Feminism, championing LGBTQ+ equality and mental health awareness. Since 2011, Sam has worked as an editor, writer, and content strategist, taking on roles in nearly every aspect of digital media.

A storyteller at heart, Sam has used his unique voice to empower diverse communities. Whether it’s a breakdown of anti-trans legal tactics, a harrowing personal essay about being psychiatrically hospitalized, a compelling profile on fat activist and author Jes Baker, or consulting experts on the impact of complex trauma on memory, Sam is driven to find new and ambitious ways to tell stories for good — and just damn good stories.

Drawing from his background in self-publishing and digital media, Sam now works as a media strategist, advising non-profit organizations on how to expand their digital impact.

Sam holds a BA in Anthropology with a focus on public health, a BA in Women’s & Gender Studies, and a certificate in Writing from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He also pursued postgraduate studies in Creative Non-Fiction at Mills College in Oakland, CA.


Listen to Sam’s recent interview on ‘Giving Voice to Depression’:


  • He is a ray of light. Not sunshine — Sam’s light is more complicated than that. It comes from somewhere else, somewhere that is delicate and ferocious and vulnerable and courageous all at once. We don’t have a word for it in English either. I think the closest we can get is transcendent. That’s Sam, and the light he shines on his little corner of the world — a corner that is getting bigger and bigger everyday.

    Jenni Berrett

  • Sam Dylan is an incredibly thoughtful and insightful writer. His work is purposeful and important and he puts his soul into everything he does . . . I read almost anything Sam Dylan writes, because he takes great pride and care in his work, and puts in the effort to make sure to write about complex, stigmatized and difficult topics with such a compassionate voice.

    Alaina Leary