Whether they are walking the halls of Congress to help educate the Hill on 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 is 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 legislation banning the practice. They have spoken before the United Nations, Google Headquarters, and Congress, and has also been featured in interviews with the New York Times, TIME, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Washington Post, 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 chat on preconceptions is right up their alley. Whether it’s on technical topics or social issues like supporting LGBT survivors of conversion therapy, Sam is always willing to have the tough conversations with an open mind.