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2020 LAQC Keynote

Sam Brinton (they/them)

Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project


Sam is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of ending the practice on minors. They have co-chaired the National Center for Lesbian Rights #BornPerfect Advisory Committee on conversion therapy and have spoken before the United Nations and Congress as well as testified on legislation to protect LGBTQ youth across the country. They have been featured in numerous media including a recent New York Times op-ed as well as The Washington Post, Playboy Magazine, TIME Magazine, USA TODAY, MSNBC, PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, and CTV in Canada. Sam uses they, them, or theirs as their pronouns as a genderfluid person.

Sam will discuss LGBTQ mental health through the lens of ending conversion therapy in the South. They will provide the historical context of conversion therapy, their own personal experiences as a survivor, and the truly exciting success of more than twenty states passing anti-conversion therapy laws in the past few years. From history, to storytelling, to best practices in advocacy - this will be a powerful LGBTQ mental health conversation in Louisiana.

Sam Brinton standing with orange background