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Watch: HIV+ Teen Gives Inspirational Ted Talk

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"Don't be normal," this teen says. "Normal is boring. Be extraordinary!"

Ashley Rose Murphy isn't normal. The teenager, who was born with HIV and has been out about her status since she was 7, embraces her difference and encourages others to do the same in her inspirational Ted Talk (watch it below). 

 

 

By the time Murphy was 6 months old, her condition had progressed to AIDS, with accompanying illnesses like Pneumocystis pneumonia. She wasn't expected to survive. Now 18, Murphy isn't just surviving, she's thriving; and helping others thrive as well.

 

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.