I’m a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and coffee fiend, in no particular order.

I work as an Editorial Assistant at Logo’s NewNowNext, where I manage daily administrative tasks, strategize for social media, and report on LGBTQ news and culture. I’m an American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) internship alum and an Outstanding Graduate from the SUNY New Paltz Department of Digital Media and Journalism. My work has appeared in print or online at Yahoo Lifestyle, The Huffington Post, The Riveter, Chronogram, Hudson Valley Magazine, and more. When I’m not writing or editing, I can usually be found chugging iced coffee in Crown Heights or getting tattooed in Williamsburg.

Drop me a line at samantha.manzella@gmail.com. And while you’re at it, follow me on Twitter (@slmjournalist.) I’m funnier there.

Selected Work


Logo: Young Leaders 2018: 6 Fearless LGBTQ Activists Who Refuse to Settle for the Status Quo

Logo: Letter to Myself: Words of Wisdom From 10 Inspiring LGBTQ Activists, Politicians, and Celebrities


NewNowNext: My Extremely Gay Adolescence, As Told Through Tegan and Sara Songs

Yahoo Lifestyle: I’m a heavily tattooed woman, but I’m still entitled to my personal space

NewNowNext: It’s 2018. Why Are We Still Calling Ourselves “Gold Star Gays?”

NewNowNext: “The Atlantic” Tried to Explore Trans Issues—And Totally Missed the Mark


NewNowNext: Meet the Gay Couple Shaking Up the Fine Art Market

NewNowNext: Wildfang CEO Emma McIlroy Is Queering Fashion and Changing Lives

NewNowNext: Meet Danielle Skidmore, a Transgender Activist on the Cusp of Making Political History in Texas

NewNowNext: Our Lady J on Why “Pose” Is Revolutionary

VISITvortex Hudson Valley: Meet the Owner: The Forsyth B&B

The Riveter Magazine: The Fierce Feminist Academic Behind “Graffiti Grrlz”

Hudson Valley Magazine: Putting Play to Work With the Progressive Movement Method

The Cost of Compassion