Sam Killermann is a half-comedian, one-hundred-percent-metro social justice advocate (read why) who travels the country talking to students and writing articles about snap judgments, identity, and oppression. But in a totally funny way.
Sam loves and appreciates all people, and hopes to someday live in a world where everyone shares those views and we all stop being jerks. He uses humor as a social lubricant (not in a gross way) to ease people while confronting difficult issues, drawing on his master’s education in college student development from Bowling Green and his eight years of experience as a working stand up comedian for guidance.
Sam Killermann is a dedicated ally and advocate for social justice. Ultimately, Sam would prefer shows and websites like “It’s Pronounced Metrosexual” to become unnecessary and irrelevant, even at the cost of his dream job. Unfortunately, we have a long way to go before he has to worry about that.
Check out Sam’s most recent TEDx Talk, “Understanding the Complexities of Gender” for a taste of how he social justice comedes:
Sam Killermann Generic Bio
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 over a million readers on themes of social justice, gender, and sexuality.
Sam’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 college campuses and cities around the U.S.
Sam is the author of 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, he’s given away over 10,000 copies of the book. He gave a well-received TEDxTalk that has over 150,000 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 TheSafeZoneProject.com, 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, the comedy half of S.E.X., writer & performer of InTolerance, head elf at Socially Just Cards, co-author of the forthcoming A Guide to Facilitation, 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.
How’d he end up doing this?
There is no college major to end up being a “social justice comedian,” as many of his peers have labeled him. But believe it or not, he draws deeply from his education when writing and performing.
I use my education (both undergrad from Purdue and master’s from Bowling Green) more than I ever thought I would. Sociology + Student Development + Social Justice (I took a lot of multicultural/SJ electives at both schools) = It’s Pronounced Metrosexual. The only two influences I needed that were unrelated were stand up and theatre, both of which I got started on while I was at Purdue. The hardest thing was to overcome the feeling that I was disappointing people I cared about by not taking the traditional post-grad route with my work. Luckily, I had a good excuse (there weren’t many jobs available when I graduated), so I was nudged to take a blind leap into this life.
You can hear him talk more about his career, and his thoughts on careers and life and dreams in general, in his TED talk “The Cost of Dreams.”
More than just metro.
While It’s Pronounced Metrosexual is Sam Killermann’s main public-facing gig, he dabbles in a lot of things. You could call him a “Jack of all Trades,” but he prefers the term “Renaissance Sam.” He also likes the phrase “making rent.” He photographs, designs, develops code, paints, draws, and writes from third-person perspective to enhance SEO (like he is now!), and those are just the things he gets paid to do. If you’d like to read more about that, check out his personal homepage, Samuel Killermann, Person for Hire.
He loves living in Austin, TX, a city that has a perfect mix of progressive thinking, weird (but awesome) people, and unfreezing winters. He spends his days dreaming up ideas, working on one of his dozen projects, or coming up with silly little jokes to perform on stage. He super enjoys spending time with his partner, who has no problem checking him and helping to keep him sane. Well, sane-ish.
Always up for a thoughtful conversation.
If you are the kind of person who can’t get enough of thought-provoking, deep, this-stuff-actually-matters kind of conversations, you should get in touch. Sam loves meeting new people, particularly interesting people with distinct points of view. Particularly when they are excited to share them.
If you want to get in touch with Sam personally to talk about something you read on the site here, a project he is working on, or to provide him a slice of your life, don’t hesitate:
- Email: samuelkillermann [at] gmail [dawt] com
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/killermann
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/killermann