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.