Profile: Sam


You can call me… Sam.

I identify as… Genderqueer! I’m a strange blend of things, my own kind.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … ze and hir make me feel most comfortable and at ease. I’m too scared to ask for it, it seems so complex and so much to expect of others.

I’m attracted to… any beautiful, spiritual presence. Someone who loves forests, umbrellas, postcards. I dated a biological male for a long time, and I’m not so sure that it was ever right for me.

When people talk about me, I want them to… maybe be inspired by the passion I possess, the vision I have for a socially just and liberated world – equality, celebration, holistic health, freedom of expression, blah blah blah. I am sometimes the idealist that makes you roll your eyes. Other times, I am the pessimist, crippled by the obstacles that stand before us. All of the time, I am overwhelmed and dizzy with love.

I want people to understand… it wasn’t until I read Judith Butler and was given the vision of an “open coalition,” did I realize that, by accepting and validating my gender identity, I am engaging in a radical act. When we imagine, invent, and embrace fluidity – when we dare to express and be ourselves – we are creating not merely a space for ourselves, but a safer space for others to do the same. The greatest form of liberation may not actually be celebrating any particular label we have, but rather, questioning all of them, constantly uncovering new meanings and new ways to define ourselves. Being queer means that for me. It opens up new territory to better express, understand, and celebrate myself.

About Sam
Hi, my name is Sam! I am a third-year college student, majoring in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies. I am a passionate activist, writer, and musician. I love learning, creating, and listening. I spend a lot of time laying in the grass and thinking too much.

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Posted by on May 11th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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One Response to “Profile: Sam”

  1. Aleksandr

    You seem like a really cool person! I think you’re an original, one of a kind. The kind of person that makes others say, ‘Wow, I bet ze’s going to do some extraordinary someday.’


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