Embrace the power of
empathy, respect and conversation

About ASH

her speeches are dynamic,
 intrepid, highly relatable and intrinsically comical.

Ash didn’t set out to become a viral sensation with her TEDx talk “Coming Out of Your Closet” or her Boulder Ignite speech, “I am SO GAY”. She was just a person with a lot on her mind and a story to share. Nonetheless, her willingness to strike a conversation about tough topics inspired more than 8 million YouTube views across the country. Today, she considers herself an accidental advocate, motivating others to embrace the kind of social behaviors that trigger societal shifts.

Her message is simple, "we aren't that different".
Her approach is frank, "mean what you say".
Her goal is humble; help others recognize the power of empathy, respect and conversation

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Hard is not relative.
Hard is hard.

Ask Ash


If you have a question or comment, appease your curiosity and ask Ash. Your submissions will be responded to via video blogs, email newsletters and more. Inspire discussions about the social topics that confuse, excite, upset or intrigue you and let’s face some of the hard conversations together.

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No matter who you are, no matter what your walls are made of – hard is hard for everyone. Below are resources that can help. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, Ask Ash. If you know of a resource that isn’t currently listed, send it our way!

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We’re building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

The Institute for Welcoming Resources

IWR's mission is to create resources that support the unconditional welcome of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and their families in the church home of their choice.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. Out & Equal collaborates with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT employees.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

American Psychological Association

The mission of the APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge on gender identity and sexual orientation to benefit society and improve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's lives.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

Follow Ash as she shares her story
and encourages others to share theirs





Inspire a more open-minded workforce. Promote growth within your company’s culture. Encourage your University to reach every student. Whatever your mission, Ash can help. Schedule a speaking engagement with Ash and motivate others to seek a new perspective on the personal differences that can disable the true sense of teamwork.   

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