Sam Elkin


Sam Elkin is a writer, lawyer and radio maker.

His essays have been published in Antithesis Journal, Bent Street and Overland, and he is the co-host of the podcasts Transgender Warriors and Transdemic.

In 2019 he was a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter fellow, and is currently at work on a collection of autobiographical essays.


Beware the funky murals

GR OnlineYet increasingly murals are rolled out by local government with the aim of rapid redevelopment and gentrification of traditionally working-class areas... The broader function of officially sanctioned public art like this is to make a place more attractive to developers...and middle-class home buyers.

Detachable penis

Non-fictionThree years into my transition during the 2021 lockdowns, my online shopping habit became a full-blown addiction. One of the weirder things that I purchased was a petite crocheted penis and testicles, hand-stitched by a crafty ‘bear’ called Devon. Each package was made-to-order, so I could choose everything from the shaft length to colour and testicle size. I could’ve even added ball hair. 

The sad stats

EssayIN 2018 I was hired to work as Victoria’s first dedicated LGBTIQ outreach lawyer, to be based at a queer health service. I had just started transitioning, and the opportunity to leave the large city law firm where I worked...

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