Whether they are walking the halls of MIT discussing the differences in advanced nuclear reactors or belting out their favorite tunes with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, it is hard to miss Sam Brinton’s passion for changing the world – and potentially their stilettos.

Sam got their advocacy start as an ardent activist against the dangerous and discredited practices of conversion therapy. Their work sometimes takes the form of conversations at universities across the country to share their experiences and to educate on how to pass local or state legislation banning the practice. They have spoken before the United Nations, Google Headquarters, and Congress, and have also been featured in interviews with the New York Times, Playboy Magazine, TIME Magazine, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, PBS, the Washington Post, Politico, The Guardian, and many others.

You might not expect a nuclear engineering graduate from MIT to be strolling through the White House in stilettos, but that is part of the reason Sam does it. Having a conversation on preconceptions and the ways we can work together despite differences in appearance is right up their alley. Whether it’s on technical topics or social issues, Sam is always willing to have the tough conversations with an open mind – and a killer pair of stilettos.

Stay in touch with Sam:
Facebook – Samuel Brinton
Twitter – @sbrinton

10 thoughts on ““I am living proof that what conversion therapy can try to destroy, self-acceptance can save.” – Sam Brinton

  1. Website looks great! It’s very awesome to see all the progress you’ve made in all areas of your life. Very inspiring in the sense of always moving forward and changing the world one life at a time. Proud of you!


  2. Hi Sam
    I am a psychologist and am part of a women’s political action group in Maryland called WISE. We are working with HRC and Free State Justice on a bill to ban conversion therapy in Maryland. I read your story in Salon magazine and wanted to reach out. Any guidance you can offer our group would be appreciated. We are also looking for survivors in Maryland to join our efforts. If you know of any organizations or individuals who may know of survivors in MD, could you please let me know? Thank you so much.


  3. I heard you speak earlier at the R.I.S.E. LGBTQ Youth Summit and I was so moved. I am so sorry for the pain that you had to endure and that your family still doesn’t see your immeasurable value in this world. Thank you so much for continuing to fight for others! You are amazing and you make this world a better place!


  4. Saw you in a zoom over a year ago and have watched you rise while learning about your work and the possibilities with nuclear management. Thank you for being an inspiration and illustrating practical and creative solutions to our generation within the nuclear industry. I look forward to seeing what you do next and can only hope my path toward economics and streaming has us meet and convene. -KMC


  5. It was a pleasure to meet you at Salem State University and you are a absolute gorgeous person inside and out. I wish you the best of luck in the future and hope on day to see you again.


  6. Just read an article where I learned that people are trying to tear you down. While I hadn’t heard of you until that article (live in Germany), I just wanted to share that you seem like an awesome, admirable and all-around wonderful person and I’m really sorry that idiots think they have any right to criticize you or tell you that you’re wrong the way you are. You seem more than alright to me 🙂


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