Ash Beckham gives a rousing speech at Ignite Boulder 20 about LGBTQ Acceptance.

In this clever and poignant video Ash Beckham, a lesbian and advocate for LGBTQ acceptance in schools reminds viewers that the word gay can be a powerful tool that can be used as a weapon to harm or used to empower a positive change.

“Say what you mean, and mean what you say because the words that you choose matter. When you use ‘gay’ in a pejorative way, the effect that it has on the gay kid in the room or the kid with gay relatives is that being gay is less than or inferior to,” Beckham said to a supportive crowd at Ignite Boulder 20 late last month.

Ignite Boulder is a night of presentations on a variety of subjects, with a twist. Each presentation has 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds.

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The video has already racked up nearly 150,000 plays in just 3 days.