In celebration of GLAAD’s Spirit Day, the organization teamed up with the Curran in San Francisco to release a powerful music video about role models in the LGBTQ+ community.
The video features students from the Oakland School for the Arts in Oakland, CA singing their own version of “Ring of Keys,” a song featured in the Tony-award winning musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, Fun Home. The song’s name was inspired by Bechdel’s first experience coming across a fellow member of the LGBTQ+ community whom she could identify with. The woman was dressed in “dungarees” and wearing a “ring of keys.”
Taking place on Oct. 20, Spirit Day is a campaign created to recognize the bullying of LGBTQ+ youth.
In a blog post on the GLAAD website, president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “Fun Home‘s powerful story has moved audiences around the world and embodies what Spirit Day is all about – acceptance. With this strong message of support for LGBTQ youth, the Curran and these brilliant young students are helping to create a world where everyone can live the life they love.”
Watch the music video below.