Sam Dylan Finch is a writer, blogger, editor, and queer activist, currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sam is best known for his powerful writing about mental health and LGBTQIA+ identity, an intersection he occupies as a gay, mentally ill, and transgender writer.
Sam currently works as an Associate Editor and writer at RESIST, a new platform for marginalized voices that supports radical movements for social justice and liberation. He also develops online curriculum for Social Justice U, including an upcoming course on self-love and mad pride for mentally ill people.
In 2014, Sam founded Let’s Queer Things Up!, a blog written from a queer and feminist perspective. LQTU has readers in over 180 countries, and has been used as an educational resource in communities and universities across the country.
In 2016, Sam worked as the Editorial Coordinator at Everyday Feminism, one of the most popular digital feminist magazines in the world. Through his work at this magazine, Sam has written powerful and accessible articles on a variety of topics, including mental health, suicide prevention and awareness, transgender rights, queer identity, and much more. His articles have been widely viewed and shared around the net.
Sam also served as an Editorial Assistant at The Body Is Not an Apology in 2015. TBINAA is an online magazine aimed at promoting radical self-love and social justice, for which Sam has contributed both as a writer and editor.
His work has also appeared in print, including an essay in the widely-praised book Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, in which he explores trans masculinity and body image, as well as writing the foreword for the book You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery. His work will also appear in an upcoming anthology that examines lived experiences of violence in transmasculine communities.
In addition to his work as a writer and editor, Sam is also an engaging speaker who travels to universities around the US to share his experiences as a transgender and psychiatrically disabled person. As a member of the Everyday Feminism Speakers Bureau, Sam’s appearances have included a keynote at the University of California-Irvine – where he spoke about mental health stigma from a feminist perspective at the 2015 Mental Health on College Campuses Conference, founded by Active Minds – and a lecture at Princeton University, discussing self-love and neurodiversity.
Born and raised in Michigan, Sam earned two bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn – graduating summa cum laude and with high honors – as well as receiving a Certificate in Writing with a focus on Writing in the Public Sphere.
Sam currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he can often be found dancing to embarrassing pop music and plotting for the imminent queer takeover (shhh, we’ve already said too much).