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Imagine unexpectedly facing a situation that’s an affront to your moral integrity. Do you take a stand and deal with the consequences or let it slide and feel the shame? With humor, LGBT advocate Ash Beckham draws from her own experience to find the humanity of this type of situation while highlighting the dangers of polarized viewpoints. Her anecdotes are deeply personal, but her authentic tales resonate with a broad audience. getAbstract recommends Beckham’s sincere talk to anyone who has ever faced a mental tug-of-war when choosing the right path.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the polarization of viewpoints can be dangerous and
  • How duality can help people act in harmony with their humanity.

About the Speaker

Ash Beckham is an LGBT advocate. Her TED Talks about the importance of tolerance, empathy and acceptance have garnered millions of views.



Ash Beckham, a lesbian and advocate for human equality, took her three-year-old niece, Samantha, to a local toy store to meet and greet impersonators of Disney princesses Anna and Elsa. They lined up for hours, and when it was finally their turn, the harried store clerk turned to Samantha and said, “...

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