Let’s Queer Things Up

Both a blog and a companion Facebook page by Sam Dylan Finch. The blog includes this biography:
Sam Dylan Finch is a queer activist and feminist writer, based in the SF Bay. He is the founder of Let’s Queer Things Up!, his blog and labor of love. With a passion for impacting change through personal narrative, Sam writes about his struggles and triumphs as genderqueer and bipolar with the hopes of teaching others about his identity and community” and describes the site as a “personal blog that chronicles my journey as a mentally ill, non-binary trans person.

Being trans, gender-creative, non-binary or any (or all) of the various ‘non-(modern western society)-traditional’ identities is not inherently a sign of mental illness. The process of discovering, understanding, and declaring one’s true Self to be as rich and fascinating as we are does often bring us into conflict with the aforementioned modern western society. I’m hardly the first person to say that being aware of one’s truest nature (to be woke, conscious of the matrix that surrounds, or whatever analogy you prefer) is to be non-conforming to this society’s view of mentally healthy. To be queer*.

And, just being non-conforming does not mean we are exempt from actual mental illness; bio-chemical imbalances and trauma(s) may impact us as well. There is so much great material here; but to get a real sense of Sam I suggest you start with the Crazy Talk advice column. And then check back on a regular basis.

*Queer (adj) 1. differing from the normal or usual in a way regarded as odd or strange,
(Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition 2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd.)

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