If you know me from the interwebs, it’s likely through one of my social good projects, my book, my gender-y TED Talk, or something else I co-created via hues. But I wanted this site to stand as a remaining bastion of quasi-personal space where I can explore ideas and share things away from the limelight that has become most of my other sites. That said, below are a few disclosures about me.
I have a whole website that serves as my virtual curriculum vitae, so if you wanna know about me and my work, head over to samuelkillermann.com and click around. You can start here to learn what I’m up to right now.
Oh, you haven’t clicked? You just wanna learn about me here? Okay. I see. I’ll abide.
Some brags and history, in [auto-]biographical format.
The following is based on my generic bio that I send to people when they hire me to do a thing and need to include a thing that tells people at the thing why I was asked to do the thing. For the most updated version, go here.
I am a comedian, author, and award-winning activist. For about a decade, I've traveled the world performing comedy shows and giving talks on themes of social justice, gender, and sexuality.
My work (that I uncopyrighted in 2013) has been downloaded by hundreds of millions of people around the world who utilize it to bolster their educational efforts toward global equity. My versions of the Genderbread Person, a model for understanding and teaching gender and sexual diversity, have been translated into over a dozen languages.
In 2017, I was profiled in National Geographic’s documentary “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. In 2014, I designed an all-gender restroom sign that I gifted to the commons, which is now being implemented on [at least] three continents, was featured in the White House, and is becoming the standard for dozens of communities around the U.S. and world.
I’m the author (and co-author) of several books, including A Guide to Gender, which is an exploration of gender from a social justice perspective, with humor and comics sprinkled in. The book 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, I’ve donated over 25,000 copies of the book. I’ve done three TED talks, including “Understanding the Complexities of Gender,” which has over 370,000 views, where I distilled the core themes of the book into a few minutes of fun, energetic, and easily-digestible speech.
I’m the co-creator of TheSafeZoneProject.com (with Meg Bolger), a free online resource for LGBTQ+ and Ally training materials. Our open source curriculum is being used by over 30,000 educators in at least 150 countries.
Outside of my key initiatives, I’m a frequent keynote speaker (I’ve done about 100), I make political shirts for EveryShirtIsPolitical, co-facilitate FacilitatingXYZ, and I was named a “Person We Love” by Yes! Magazine and Austin “Changemaker.” When I’m not on the road, I’m mostly cuddling my pups, and I like to spend at least a few hours a day bicycling around sunny Austin, TX, where he counts himself lucky to live.