‘Ring of Keys’ – a song taken from the musical adaptation of Fun Home – has been used as this year’s Spirit Day video to promote acceptance and love for LGBTQ+ youth.
Spirit Day is a day organised by GLAAD – the U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organisation founded by LGBTQ+ people in the media – to offer support and gain awareness for LGBTQ+ youth who have been victims of bullying.
Fun Home from which the song has been taken from is a powerful story that has moved audiences around the world and embodies what Spirit Day is all about – acceptance.
The video for the song has been created by Curran and Oakland School for the Arts, and GLAAD hopes it will give a powerful message of support to LGBTQ+ youth who are often bullied to the point where many have committed suicide.
Spirit Day was started in 2010, with supporters normally wear purple on to show their support for this worthy cause.
GLAAD supported the initiative from the beginning and the day has gained recognition nationwide over the years.
The Fun Home musical has been adapted from a graphic novel of the same name that was written by Alison Bechdel, and tells the story of Bechdel’s own journey of discovering her sexuality, her relationship with her gay father and her quest to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life.
It is the first Broadway musical to ever have a lesbian protagonist. The Ring of keys song is all about the relationship for queer youth and role models.
Bechel said as a child, she saw a woman in dungarees, sporting short hair and a carabiner clip of keys. She immediately identified with the butch woman, seeing parts of herself in the woman that she couldn’t yet express at a young age. This is where the inspiration for Ring of keys came from.
This year, Spirit Day will be celebrated on 20th October so wear something purple and take the pledge to show your support for LGBTQ youth and help combat bullying and prejudice.