While LGBT rights may have made giant strides in some countries like the US in recent years, the quest for equality remains an uphill climb in the rest of the world. Many still struggle with bullying, discrimination, and limited opportunities. And in places where homosexuality is illegal or considered as an unforgivable sin, being a member of LGBT community can be a dangerous thing. But despite the odds there continues a growing awareness on LGBT rights and issues that need to be addressed. Here are some of the best TED Talks on LGBT that will restore or strengthen your faith in humanity.
Ash Beckham: We’re all hiding something. Let’s find the courage to open up
In this poignant talk, Ash Beckham shares thought-provoking insights on empathy and openness. It shines the light on the importance of acknowledging that everyone goes through struggles in life and may be hiding something. And that sometimes, maybe what is needed is just to muster up the courage to step out of the proverbial closet.
iO Tillett Wright: Fifty Shades of Gay
iO Tillett Wright leaves a powerful reminder to those who watch this video that there is really no need to put people in boxes. When it comes to sexuality and gender orientation, she posits that the best thing everyone can do is to be authentic without having to define everything.
Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols: This Is What LGBT Life Is Like Around the World
Living in San Francisco as a gay couple, Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols may enjoy a fairly easier life compared with other gay couples living in less gay-friendly places. In this talk, they share inspiring stories about the courage and resilience of other members of the LGBT community in many parts of the world.
Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better
This video shows Joel Burns’ raw, powerful, and poignant talk to those who may have been victims of teen bullying for being gay or being seen as gay.
Jok Church: A circle of caring
This is a heartwarming talk of how one teacher’s compassion and care for someone who was deemed different made a powerful impact to that person’s life. Jok Church shares how a teacher who protected him as a young gay teen became a positive influence in his life.