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International Speaker

Sam Killermann

Keynoting. Storytelling. Comeding.


Meet Sam Killermann

Sam Killermann

Sam Killermann is a multi-disciplinary artist who puts his gifts to work to achieve global justice as the Director of Creativity for hues. Sam is also the person behind It's Pronounced Metrosexual, the comedy show performed at colleges and universities, as well as the online resource, which has educated millions of readers on themes of social justice, gender, and sexuality.

Killermann's work (that he uncopyrighted in 2013) has been downloaded by hundreds of millions of people around the world who utilize it to bolster their educational and advocacy efforts toward equity. His version of the Genderbread Person, a model for understanding and teaching gender and sexual diversity, has been translated into over a dozen languages.

In 2014, Sam designed an all-gender restroom sign that he gifted to the commons, which is now being implemented on three continents, is featured in the White House, and is becoming the standard for dozens of communities around the U.S. and world.

Sam is the co-author of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation and the author of A Guide to Gender. A Guide to Gender opened as the #1 bestseller in gender on Amazon, and as a reflection of Sam's commitment to access as a core social justice value, he's given away over 15,000 copies of the book. He gave a well-received TEDxTalk that has over 200,000 views called "Understanding the Complexities of Gender", where he distilled the themes of the book into a few minutes of fun, energetic, and easily-digestible speech.

Sam is the co-creator of The Safe Zone Project, a free online resource for LGBTQ and Ally training materials. The open source curriculum they published is being used by over ten thousand educators in at least 100 countries.

Outside of his key initiatives, Sam is a frequent keynote speaker, makes political shirts for EveryShirtIsPolitical, co-facilitates FacilitatingXYZ, was named a “Person We Love” by Yes! Magazine, Austin “Changemaker,” and is always dreaming up new social good projects. When he’s not on the road, he likes to spend at least a few hours a day bicycling around sunny Austin, TX, where he counts himself lucky to live.

Three-time TEDxTALKer

Sam's given TEDxTalks about Dreams, Gender, and Activism. Watch his rhymey, short, and info-packed "Understanding the Complexities of Gender" talk.

A General Keynote

While no two keynotes are the same, the recipe Sam follows looks something like the following.

  • 70%
    Facts & Data
  • 35%
  • 85%

Following in the wisdom of Mary Poppins, Sam believes that a little sugar (in the form of humor and stories) helps the facts-based-medicine go down.

A Few Key Details

If you're bringing Sam in to speak at your event, some of these may come in handy.

  • Homebase: Austin, TX
  • Favorite Airline: Southwest
  • Hotel Preference: AirBnB or Local
  • Fees: Gift Economy (ask and we'll explain)
  • Check Made Out To: hues (100% of Sam's speaking benefits hues)


Keynotes Delivered


Monthly Readers Across Sites


Websites and Free Online Resources


(Over a Billion) Edugraphic Downloads


Schools, Orgs, & Conferences Spoken At


Emails Received in 2016

What types of things does Sam do?

The short answer: lots. Below are the types of talks he's most known for, and the themes into which his various offerings align.


What does Sam speak about?

Below are Sam's favorite talks to give (updated regularly), that are organized by ideal audience and the ways they can be delivered.

Title Audience Type
100 Common Mistakes: Gender & Sexuality Professionals
Applying a Social Justice Lens to Your Work & Life Professionals, College
It's Pronounced Metrosexual HS, College
Meeting Your People Where They Are Professionals
Speaking of Identity... Professionals
The "-Ness" of Gender Middle School, HS
The Platinum Rule Middle School, HS
Understanding the Complexities of Gender HS, College, Professionals

Reactions to Sam's Talks

We'll let these kind words speak for themselves.


Headshots & Images for Promotion

Feel free to modify and use the high-resolution images below to promote your event in whatever ways work best for you.

Sam has a mailing list.

It's called his "Brain Trust". He doesn't send a lot of emails, but when he does they have links to things he's made or written, and updates on his tour schedule.


We'd Love To Hear From You.