Shannon T.L. Kearns is a sought after speaker. He has spoken on panels, keynoted conferences, led workshops and more. He has spoken at the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, at Pride in Prague, at churches across the United States, and for groups of all sizes.

Past topics include: Transgender 101, The Unique Needs of Queer Youth, Sacred Stories and Sacred Texts, Introduction to Queer Theology, Queering the Bible, and Subversive Stories: The Power of Narrative.

Interested in having Shannon come and speak at your event or to your group?

There are several ways to book him:

For Religious groups/events:

If you’re interested in booking him for a religious group or event, send him an email!

If you’re interested in booking him along with Brian G. Murphy to speak about transgender issues or queer theology, reach out through

For Theatre/Creativity workshops:

Shannon speaks about using your story in the work for social justice. He also teaches playwriting to both youth and adults, is available to be a teaching artist for schools, and more. For speaking on those issues, reach out to him through Uprising Theatre Company.

Not sure where your event falls in?

Just send him an email!

Here’s what some people have said about Shannon’s presentations:

“Father Shannon T.L. Kearns has been a featured speaker for our national retreats multiple times because he is consistently the person our attendees select as “fan favorite!” Seminarians, academics, pastors, lay leaders – every person at our retreats feels drawn in and fully immersed during his presentations.

Fr. Kearns has the gift of going deep on technical topics through his use of stories that not only facilitate learning but also create connections in multiple ways. Breakthrough moments for personal growth happen when Fr. Kearns is speaking. And we all are grateful.”

Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, Executive Director, Parity

“Father Shannon Kearns is a gifted communicator with an incredible ability to connect with any audience. He uses his incredible journey to lead people to an understanding of those that have been marginalized. His humility, transparency and articulate presentation is an inspiration.”

Jon Lundberg, Equity and Engagement Program Manager, Urban Homeworks

“Fr. Shay brought a message of hope to our Reconciling group in 2014. His demeanor and knowledge helped many who were struggling with Queer theology to see its place in the church and the importance of sharing it from the pulpit. The youth/young adults who attended have been more engaged in their own study of scripture and several pastors have really made a difference in how they approach scripture and its effect on their entire congregation.”

M. Jane Brazell

“A gifted story-teller, writer, and leader, Shannon brings all his skills to bear as an influential and impactful speaker, whether he’s sharing his experiences as a transgender man, his insights on the biblical text, or his love of theater that leads to social good. One cannot experience Shannon’s speaking and not leave more inspired, informed, and excited about the world and the future ahead of us.”

Adam Rao, founding pastor of Lakeside Church

“Shannon was courageous with his openness, especially in a rural area.”
“His personal story was powerful.”
“Very research based with good information shared.”
“Such a good speaker on the issues.”