A group of kindergarten students from Los Angeles ended their school year with a touching tribute to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights with a sign language performance of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors."
Arturo Avina, a teacher at the Olympic Primary Center in LA, had his kindergarteners send the pro-gay message as part of a graduation performance on Tuesday.
The performance opens with two children holding mirrors adorned with signs reading, "You Are Good" and "You Are Perfect." The adorable youngsters -- who are dressed in black with a rainbow assortment of sashes -- then break into a sweet rendition of Lauper's beloved classic, complete with vocals and American sign language.
Avina explained the meaning behind the tribute in a Facebook post:
Kindergarteners and rainbows…yep, we went there. Watch the kids perform and sign Cyndi Lauper's classic anthem "True Colors." The message: love yourself, and always show love, kindness, and respect to others no matter who they are. Regardless of ethnicity, sex, gender, religious creed, or sexual orientation, EVERYONE is worthy of love.
On his Good.is blog, he further explained that he didn't want his students to just recite a song; he wanted them to actually understand the message behind it. And they did.
"Addressing diversity isn't anything new in my classroom, and if the song's message really made it through to my students and they truly internalized the importance of universal love and respect, then that should automatically translate to inclusivity," Avina wrote. "If they're taught to love unconditionally, then they should understand that there is not one group of people that is the exception to the rule."