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Ash Beckham, coming out, LGBT

Summary: Ash Beckman is a well-known LGBT advocate and she recently spoke in Boulder to a large audience about coming out of the closet.

Ash Beckham has made a name for herself as a strong LGBT advocate. In one of her TED talks, Beckham spoke to her audience about coming out of the closet.


You really need to watch this video because a four-year-old girl in the audience asks Beckham an interesting question. The girl asks, “Are you a boy?”

Beckham’s response to the question is incredible. You should really watch the whole video because she is energetic, passionate and dedicated to her beliefs.

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Beckham has some strong advice for the audience at the conclusion of her talk. She said the following:

“If you want someone to be real with you, they need to know that you bleed too. Number two, be direct, just say it, rip the Band-aid off. If you know that you are gay, just say it. If you tell your parents, you might be gay, they will hold out hope that this will change, do not give them that sense of false hope. And number three, and most important, be unapologetic. You’re speaking your truth, never apologize for that. And some folks may of gotten hurt along the way, so sure apologize for what you’ve done. But never apologize for who you are. And yeah some folks maybe disappointed but that is on them. Not on you. Those are their expectations of who you are, not yours. That is their story, not yours. The only story that matters is the one that you want to write, so the next time that you find yourself in a pitch black closet, clutching your grenade, know we have all been there before.”

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