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Samantha has written two books: Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States (Little, Brown; 2019) and Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories, 2018). You can find her books on AmazonGoodreads, and Audible.

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Samantha was previously a senior reporter for The Daily Beast covering LGBTQ stories. You can read her Daily Beast articles, columns, and essays on her author page. In 2019, her Daily Beast article “Workplaces Need to Prepare for the Non-Binary Future” was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article.

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In 2016, Samantha was a Sex + Life writer for Fusion (now called Splinter), where she wrote several longer features on LGBTQ and women’s issues. Her Splinter piece on the cultural erasure of bisexual men won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article in 2018. All of Samantha’s Fusion features are linked below:

1.04.17 – “Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” (recipient of the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article)

12.05.16 – “Meet the Makeup Vloggers Who’ve Been Told They’re Too Old For YouTube”

11.29.16 – “Seriously, Though: Why Hasn’t Male Birth Control Happened Yet?”

11.9.16 – “President Trump is a Disaster for Transgender People”

11.3.16 – “Every Time Candidate Trump Insulted A Woman’s Appearance During His Campaign”

10.31.16 – “How the Next Generation of Doctors is Learning to Treat Transgender People”

10.25.16 – “How I Learned to Orgasm after Sex Reassignment Surgery”

Samantha’s writing has also been published widely by outlets like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, CNN, Themand Out. She has covered topics as diverse as cuddlingJack Donaghy’s hair, and the surprising LGBTQ Bachelor fandom. You can find more of her work on NewNowNext, Crosscut, XtraPaste, The Daily Dot, Jacobin, Mic, Salon, xoJane, The Advocate, Hello Gigglesand HuffPost. Samantha’s most recent freelance writing is listed below in reverse chronological order:

October 2019

10.11.19 – “Coming Out on TikTok Is Chaotic, Weird, Hilarious, and Heartwarming” – Them
10.11.19 – “6 Key Highlights From CNN’s ‘Equality in America’ Town Hall” – NewNowNext
10.8.19 – “LGBTQ Rights Are On The Brink and in the Spotlight This Week” – CNN
10.3.19 – “Seen: The Power of Seeing a Queer Woman Take Up the Late-Night Mantle” – Them

September 2019

9.26.19 – “How Transparent Changed Hollywood” – NewNowNext
9.21.19 – “7 Takeaways from the LGBTQ Presidential Forum” – NewNowNext
9.20.19 – “Neon is A Symbol of Seattle’s Past. What Will Illuminate its Future?” – Crosscut
9.17.19 – “How Hugh Grant (Seriously) Is Bringing Subtle, Moving Queer Characters to Life” – Them
9.11.19 – “At This Atlanta Bar, Jesus, Karaoke, Bizarre Art, and Queer Family Collide” – Them

August 2019

8.23.19 – “You Can’t Pigeonhole Patti Harrison” – Paste
8.21.19 – “How to Be an LGBTQ+ Ally While Traveling” – Condé Nast Traveler
8.16.19 – “The Secret Trans Narrative in Midsommar – Them
8.14.19 – “Meet Valentina Sampaio, Victoria’s Secret’s First Transgender Model: ‘This Is Just the Beginning’” – The Daily Beast
8.2.19 – “With Euphoria, My Wife and I Finally See Our Love Story on TV” – NewNowNext

July 2019

7.23.19 – “Meet the Queer Queen of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’” – NewNowNext
7.17.19 – “I Miss Disney’s Queer-Coded Villains—But The Next Generation Won’t” – New NowNext
7.15.19 – “Alan Turing belongs on the UK’s £50 note; now put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill” – CNN

June 2019

6.28.19 – “50 Years On, The Radical Promise of Stonewall is Still Unmet” – Crosscut
6.21.19 – “Borne Out of Love and LSD: Pride Flag Creator Gilbert Baker Tells All In New Memoir” – NewNowNext
6.18.19 – “Why Has Mississippi’s Most Extreme Anti-LGBTQ Law Flown Under the Radar?” – NewNowNext
6.17.19 – “Coming Out and Coming Home to Mormon Country” – Xtra
6.12.19 – Pose Revels in Transgender Joy” – CNN
6.10.19 – “New York City’s Unofficial Gathering Spot For Pickle Lovers” – Condé Nast Traveler

May 2019

5.31.19 – “How the Iconic Trans Pride Flag Came To Be, According to Its Designer” – NewNowNext
5.30.19 – “The State that is a Strange and Deeply Imperfect LGBTQ Pioneer” – CNN
5.30.19 – “How the #TransPizza Hashtag Warms Hearts—And Fills Dinner Plates” – NewNowNext

April 2019

4.25.19 – “Navigating a Red-State Book Tour: A Week in the Life of Samantha Allen” – Lambda Literary, for their “The Banal and the Profane” series

May 2019

A blurb for “What is the Greatest Act of Courage?” in The Atlantic’s “The Big Question” series

March 2019

3.13.19 – “How ‘Real America’ Became Queer America”The New York Times
3.7.19“How This Small Town Queer Bar Thrives in Pence Country”Out

February 2019

2.28.19 – “‘I’m A Person, Not The Harbinger Of Some Cultural Apocalypse’: Traveling in Texas While Trans” – Buzzfeed
2.19.19“LGBTQ Teens Don’t Need to Leave Red States for College”Seventeen

December 2017

12.28.17 – “Transgender America: 10 Best and Worst Moments of 2017”Rolling Stone

April 2017

4.28.17 – “Jack Donaghy’s Hair Ranked by Season” – Paste

January 2017

1.13.17 – “Political Comedy is Killing the Absurdity of Late-Night” – Paste
1.3.17 – “Jen Kirkman Explains the Finer Points of Jen Kirkman Livin'” – Paste

December 2016

12.5.16 – “SNL Can’t Just Mock Donald Trump—It Has to Humiliate Him” – Paste

December 2015

12.10.15 – “The 5 Best and Worst Trans Moments of 2015” – Rolling Stone

July 2015

7.16.15 – “Lane Moore on Tinder, Twitter, and Staying Earnest” – Paste

June 2015

6.13.15 – “Let’s Stop Buying the LGBT Rainbow” — The Daily Beast
6.13.15 – “Why Do Men Like the Brazilian? Science” — The Daily Beast
6.11.15 – “Why Did WNBA Stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson Annul Their Marriage?” — The Daily Beast
6.9.15 – “Caitlyn Jenner is Pissing Off Feminists and Bigots—Good For Her” — The Daily Beast
6.9.15 – “Marital Rape Is Semi-Legal in 8 States” — The Daily Beast
6.3.15 – Inside Amy Schumer S03 E07 — Paste
6.2.15 – “Caitlyn Jenner’s Beauty Should Not Obscure The Reality of Trans Lives” — The Daily Beast
6.2.15 – “Polygamy Is More Popular Than Ever” — The Daily Beast

May 2015

5.27.15 – Inside Amy Schumer S03 E06 — Paste
5.26.15 – “Will Parole Keep Her From Transitioning?” — The Daily Beast
5.24.15 – “Cate Blanchett and the Hollywood Closet” — The Daily Beast
5.21.15 – “Today’s Bad Idea: ‘Frexting,’ The Sexts You Send Friends” — The Daily Beast
5.20.15 – “How Facebook Exposes Domestic Violence Survivors” — The Daily Beast
5.20.15 – Inside Amy Schumer S03 E05 — Paste
5.14.15 – “David Letterman’s Top Ten Remote Segments” — Paste
5.13.15 – Inside Amy Schumer S03 E04 — Paste
5.11.15 – “Family of Georgia Black Man Found Hanging From Tree Wants Answers” — The Daily Beast
5.5.15 – Inside Amy Schumer S03 E03 — Paste
5.4.15 – “Why Do Bi Women Smoke So Much Weed?” — The Daily Beast

April 2015

4.28.15 – “How to Tell a Bruce Jenner Joke: Late Night’s Subtle Transition” — The Daily Beast
4.28.15 – Inside Amy Schumer S03 E02 — Paste
4.27.15 – “Inside the Fear of Being Gay” — The Daily Beast
4.22.15 – Inside Amy Schumer S03 E01 — Paste
4.21.15 – “The Lost Art of the Late-Night Remote” — Paste
4.18.15 – “Pretentious is Not a Sexual Orientation” — The Daily Beast
4.17.15 – “The Dumbest Abortion Debate Yet” — The Daily Beast
4.14.15 – “What’s So Gross About Madonna? Getting Older, It Seems” — The Daily Beast
4.9.15 – “Ivy League Stiffs Its Female Profs” — The Daily Beast
4.9.15 – “‘Real Housewives’ of Silicon Valley?” — The Daily Beast
4.7.15 – “In Defense of One Big Happy: It Gets Better” — Paste
4.3.15 – “Exploding Head Syndrome is Real” — The Daily Beast
4.1.15 – “Is Trevor Noah Too Young to Host The Daily Show?” — Paste

March 2015

3.31.15 – “Millenials Are the Gayest Generation” — The Daily Beast
3.30.15 – “Don’t Boycott Indiana, Boycott Bigots” — The Daily Dot
3.25.15 – “We Should Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Surgery Honesty” — The Daily Beast
3.21.15 – “No, A ‘Semen Facial’ Is Not a Good Idea” — The Daily Beast
3.18.15 – “Broad City’s Growing Pains” — Paste
3.18.15 – “Georgians Rally Against Oppressive Religious Freedom Bill” — The Daily Beast
3.16.15 – “Don’t Trust the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Why the B—- in Apt. 23 Was Better” — Paste
3.15.15 – “Inside the Strange World of Sneeze Fetishes” — The Daily Beast
3.13.15 – “Working at Pink House, Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic” — The Daily Beast
3.5.15 – “You’re So Vain: Men are More Narcissistic than Women” — The Daily Beast

February 2015

2.25.15 – “On Death Row, Women Want Salad for Last Meal” — The Daily Beast
2.24.15 – “Does the South Need an LGBT School?” — The Daily Beast
2.14.14 – “Bisexuality’s Watershed Political Moment” — The Daily Beast
2.11.15 – “Silicon Valley’s Sex Workers are Being Priced Out of the City by their Own Clients” — The Daily Beast
2.5.15 – “Calling BS on Our ‘Plus Size’ Obsession” — The Daily Beast
2.5.15 – “These D-List Celebs Are A-List on Twitter” — The Daily Beast
2.2.15 – “Growing Up Groundhog: The Horror and Fantasy of Groundhog Day — Paste

January 2015

1.29.15 – “Serious Question: Would We Really Buy the Apple Watch?” — Hello Giggles
1.28.15 – “The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade” — The Daily Beast
1.27.15 – “The Mysterious Way Uber Bans Drivers” — The Daily Beast
1.20.15 – “Separating the Art from the Artist With Woody Allen: The Stand-Up Years — Paste
1.17.15 – “‘Consensual Incest’ is Rape” — The Daily Beast
1.15.15 – InTouch Puts Transphobia on its Cover with Bruce Jenner Photoshop” — The Daily Beast
1.14.15 – “The South’s Billboard Holy War” — The Daily Beast
1.13.15 – “Japan’s ‘Vagina Kayak’ Artist Fights Back Against Obscenity Charges and Misogyny” — The Daily Beast

1.9.15 – “Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships is Homophobic” — The Daily Beast
1.9.15 – “Sooooo Trans People in Russia Are Not Allowed to Legally Drive Now?” — Hello Giggles
1.7.15 – “Why It’s Time to Pull the Plug on the Worst Awards Show in Hollywood” — The Daily Dot
1.3.15 – “Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women” — The Daily Beast
1.2.15 – “The Secret to Chelsea Peretti’s Greatness” — Paste
1.1.15 – “Your Husband is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism” — The Daily Beast

December 2014

12.26.14 – “Old School Myths about Women that Need to be Retired, Like, ASAP” — Hello Giggles
12.23.14 – “11 Ways 2014 Was the Biggest Year in Transgender History” with Nico Lang— Rolling Stone
12.19.14 – “To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show” — The Daily Beast

12.18.14 – “All the Things We’re Going to Miss Most about the Colbert Report — Hello Giggles
12.17.14 – “Covenant of the Wing” — Rachelle Abellar’s Self Care Zine: Food
12.16.14 – “It’s Time to Learn How to Write about Transgender People” — The Daily Dot (republished on The Kernel)

12.12.14 – “Fraternities in a Post-UVA World” — The Daily Beast
12.10.14 – “How to Be a ‘Perfect’ Rape Victim” — The Daily Dot
12.8.14 – “Abortion Complications are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says” — The Daily Beast
12.8.14 – “Today in Amazing: The First Black Female Swimmer to Win a World Title” — Hello Giggles
12.6.14 – “Was 2014 the Year Science Discovered the Female Orgasm?” — The Daily Beast
12.5.14 – “Why Girls are Dealing with Puberty Earlier than Before” — Hello Giggles
12.4.14 – “5 Weird Ways to Get a Guy’s Attention and What They Mean” — The Daily Dot
12.3.14 – “Mona Lisa Touch: The Laser That Could Save Women’s Sex Lives” — The Daily Beast
12.1.14 – “Online Harassment is Going to the Supreme Court and Here’s Why That Matters” — Hello Giggles

November 2014

11.27.14 – “7 Amazing Black Friday Deals that will Blow Your Mind” — The Daily Dot
11.25.14 – “This Little Girl’s Face Sums Up Exactly How We Feel about Gendered Toys” — Hello Giggles
11.25.14 – “Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months” — The Daily Beast
11.24.14 – “Another Way to Breathe” — The Yearbook Office
11.20.14 – “The Problematic Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene'” — The Daily Beast
11.20.14 – “OKCupid’s New Gender and Sexuality Options are a Really Big Deal” — Hello Giggles
11.17.14 – “I Tried Cosmo’s New Lesbian Sex Tips” — The Daily Beast
11.13.14 – “Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List is Sexist and Racist” — The Daily Beast
11.12.14 – “Super Strange Anti-Woman Laws that Somehow Still Exist” — Hello Giggles
11.10.14 – “Scroguard, Galactic Cap, and More: Will Anyone Wear Normal Condoms in the Future?” — The Daily Beast
11.7.14 – “If Twitter Won’t Handle Its Massive Harassment Problem, These Women Will” — The Daily Beast
11.6.14 – “Why We’re Thrilled Victoria’s Secret Got the Memo and Changed its ‘Perfect Body’ Campaign” — Hello Giggles
11.4.14 – “Will White Feminists Finally Dump Lena Dunham?” — The Daily Beast

October 2014

10.31.14 – “San Francisco’s Gay Culture is Dying” — The Daily Dot
10.29.14 – “Your Sex Confession is Her Screenplay” — The Daily Beast
10.27.14 – “How Halloween Became the Gay Christmas” — The Kernel
10.21.14 – “Barbie is Out, Monster High is In” — The Daily Beast
10.15.14 – “Don’t Be Fooled By Apple and Facebook, Egg Freezing is Not a Benefit” — The Daily Beast
10.11.14 – “Now is the Time to Come Out” — The Daily Beast
10.10.14 – “The Beautiful Newlywed Who Made the Right Change its Mind on Physician-Assisted Death” — The Daily Beast
10.10.14 – “An Undocumented Filmmaker is Generating Serious Oscar Buzz” — Mic
10.10.14 – “It’s Time to Let Pluto Be a Planet Again” — The Daily Dot
10.6.14 – “The Internet’s First Abortion Class” — The Daily Beast
10.2.14 – “Laughter Will Be The Legacy of Viagra” — The Daily Beast
10.2.14 – “5 Things We’d Believe About Gender If Only We Listened to this Fall’s Sitcoms” — Mic
10.1.14 – “Why I Lost My Faith in Apple” — The Daily Dot

September 2014

9.26.14 – “Ello, Is it You We’re Looking For?” — The Daily Beast
9.25.14 – “What Disney Movies Taught Me About Being Gay” — The Daily Dot (republished on xoJane and The Frisky)
9.25.14 – “The 3 Biggest Myths about Porn, Debunked by Belle Knox” — Salon (originally appeared on The Daily Dot as “Debunking the 3 Biggest Myths About Porn,” also republished on xoJane)
9.23.14 – “Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight they Deserve” — The Daily Beast
9.17.14 – “So You’ve Racially Profiled Someone—Now What?” — The Daily Dot
9.16.14 – “Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disorder but Eight” — The Daily Beast
9.12.14 – “The Best Reason to Love Friends is the One We Never Realized at the Time” — Mic
9.12.14 – “7 Things Reddit Should Do with the Money it Made Off Celebrity Nudes” — The Daily Dot
9.9.14 – “Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017” — The Daily Beast
9.9.14 – “7 Things that Would Be Better if Women Ran Them” — The Daily Dot
9.8.14 – “5 Things You Can Do To Counterprotest Michael Sam Trolls”— The Daily Dot
9.8.14 – “The Fall Television Season is a Major Moment in the Transgender Movement” — Mic
9.3.14 – “How to Find Your Vagina Without Using Yahoo Answers” — The Daily Dot
9.2.14 – “Jennifer Lawrence Shouldn’t Laugh Off Her Nude Photo Hack” — The Daily Beast
9.2.14 – “5 Simple Rules for Commenting on a Woman’s Appearance in Public” — The Daily Dot

August 2014

8.28.14 – “Will the Internet Ever Be Safe for Women?” — The Daily Beast
8.28.14 – “3 Tips for Talking to Other White People About Racism” — The Daily Dot
8.26.14 – “Why Modern Family‘s Fifth Emmy Should Be its Last” — Mic
8.22.14 – “We Need to Talk About Silicon Valley’s Racism” — The Daily Beast
8.22.14 – “It’s Time to Free the Nipple from its Social Media Prison” — The Daily Dot
8.19.14 – “19 Things that are Cheaper than Raising a Child in 2014” — The Daily Dot
8.18.14 – “Why it Matters that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a Feminist” — The Daily Dot
8.14.14 – “The Most Revolutionary LGBT Series Since Orange is the New Black is Coming to Amazon” — Mic
8.13.14 – “Stop Blaming Christy Mack: Porn Stars Don’t Deserve to Be Beaten” — The Daily Beast
8.13.14 – “The Trouble with Thought Catalog” — The Daily Dot
8.12.14 – “The Artificial Womb Will Change Feminism Forever” — The Daily Beast
8.12.14 – “Do Redheads Make Us Hungry?” — The Daily Dot
8.7.14 – “5 Signs You’re Dating a Reddit Troll” — The Daily Dot (republished on xoJane)
8.6.14 – “Why it Took LEGO So Long to Get the Memo: Girls Like Science, Too” — The Daily Beast
8.5.14 – “7 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Transgender Person on OKCupid” — The Advocate (originally published on The Daily Dot)
8.5.14 – “It’s Time for a Female-Led Marvel Movie” — The Daily Dot
8.1.14 – “Tim Ferriss is Bro Culture’s Anti-Masturbation Crusader” — The Daily Beast

July 2014

7.31.14 – “Lana Del Rey Makes Me Wish I Were Straight” — The Daily Beast
7.30.14 – “I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips and They Were Terrible” — The Daily Beast
7.25.14 – “Your Hatred of Kim Kardashian Only Makes Her Stronger” — The Daily Dot
7.24.14 – “Hollywood’s LGBT Characters Are Doing More Harm Than Good” — Mic
7.24.14 – “How YouTube is Helping Us Have a Better Conversation About Periods” — The Daily Dot
7.18.14 – “Going Down the Uncanny Valley of Robot Fellatio” — The Daily Dot
7.16.14 – “For Women on the Internet, it Doesn’t Get Better” — The Daily Dot
7.15.14 – “In Defense of the BFF” — The Daily Dot
7.10.14 – “The ‘Princeton Mom’ Doesn’t Understand How the Internet Works” — The Daily Dot
7.7.14 – “Lessons from a Bad Bra Fitting” — The Advocate

June 2014

6.25.14 – “Women Can Change the Mormon Church by Leaving It” — The Daily Dot
6.13.14 – “How Orange is the New Black Tokenizes Transgender People” — The Daily Dot
6.9.14 – “What Life is Actually Like in the Orange is the New Black Prison” — Mic
6.4.14 – “No, Kevin D. Williamson, Sex is Not a Biological Reality” — The Daily Dot (republished on xoJane)

May 2014

5.30.14 – “Why Encouraging Intimacy Between Men Might Save Lives” — The Daily Dot (republished on xoJane)
5.19.14 – “Expanded Gender Options Won’t Fix OKCupid’s Binary Problems” — The Daily Dot (republished on xoJane)
5.6.14 – “3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Write about Privilege” — The Daily Dot

April 2014

4.16.14 – “How Not to React When an LGBT Teacher Is Fired” — The Advocate (originally published on The Daily Dot)
4.4.14 – “Instagram, I Want To See Your #presexselfies” — The Daily Dot
4.3.14 – “At the Trans 100, Honorees Aren’t Just Heroes—They’re People” — The Daily Dot

March 2014

3.25.14 – “It’s Time for Women to Take Back Armpit Hair” — The Daily Dot
3.24.14 – “What Does Your Favorite Buzzfeed Quiz Say About You?” — The Daily Dot
3.5.14 – “Why Gay Check Online Misses the Point” — Huffington Post Gay Voices
3.3.14 – “What We Can Learn from the Jared Leto Transgender Backlash” — The Daily Dot

November 2013

11.30.13 –  “(Be)coming”— the first issue of Adult Magazine.
11.20.13 – “Transgender, Dead, and Forgotten” — Jacobin: A Magazine of Culture and Polemic
11.12.13 – Contributed to “Selfies as Self Care” in Rachelle Abellar’s Self Care Zine.

August 2013

8.27.13 – “A Letter to Chelsea Manning” — Jacobin: A Magazine of Culture and Polemic
8.12.13 – “Plugged In: Sexual Fetish Communities (1970s to the Present)”— Kinsey Confidential

July 2013

7.10.13 – CounterPunch and the War on Transgender People” — Jacobin: A Magazine of Culture and Polemic(republished on Salon as “The Hate Group Masquerading as Feminists”)

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