Sam is a GLAAD Media Award-nominated journalist and essayist who covers LGBTQ+ life, entertainment, astrology, and health and wellness. Her work has appeared in more than a dozen digital and print publications, including Cosmopolitan, them., Vice, Queerty, SheKnows, and MTV News. Below, find some selections from their portfolio.

🚨 Sam is based in Brooklyn and currently available for assignments, producing opportunities, or part-time editing roles. If you’d like to work together, please email her: samantha[dot]manzella[at]gmail[dot]com.

LGBTQ+ life & culture


How Fletcher Became Her Own ‘Girl of My Dreams,’ MTV News

Mimi Zhu Is Not Afraid of Love, them.

Muna Are Holding Space for All Your Gay Feelings, MTV News

Fun’s Some Nights Redefined Pop-Rock—And Reintroduced Jack Antonoff, MTV News

Remi Wolf Recorded Juno In Isolation. Now It’s Time To Party., MTV News

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Is Still on the Right Track, 10 Years Later, MTV News

Love Synth Pop? Thank Wendy Carlos, the Trans Woman Who Invented It., Logo

Screw Making Nice: The Chicks Are Ready for Change, Logo


Roberta Kaplan on the demise of Roe v. Wade and what’s next for LGBTQ equality, Queerty

Jill Gutowitz on Her Memoir, Gaylor Theories, and ‘Euphoria’ Season 2, Logo

Karen Braitmayer on the Future of Accessible Architecture in the U.S., Hunker Home

The ‘L Word: Gen Q’ Stylist on Reinventing the Lesbian Power Suit, Logo

essays & culture criticism

Candles and Queer Culture, Explained, Apartment Therapy

To All the Queer Haircuts I Loved Before COVID-19, Logo

How One Tattoo Helped Me Overcome a Lifetime of Insecurity About My Physical Deformity, Healthline

When the Dykes Come Marching In, Logo

Iced Coffee as Gay Culture: An Exploration, Logo

‘Are You Bald By Choice?’, Vice