Miley Cyrus has officially launched her non-profit called the Happy Hippie Foundation, which “rallies young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.”
Cyrus shot a series of “Backyard Sessions” at her house with artists like Ariana Grande and Melanie Sefka in hopes viewers will donate to the foundation. Her first video, “Androgynous,” was sung with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace.
“I’m fighting for people I don’t know,” Cyrus told Out. “But it’s also a fight for people I do know, and people I’m close to and love.”
Cyrus has been taking a stand for LGBT rights lately, including calling out Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his Religious Freedom Act and raising awareness after Bruce Jenner’s 20/20 interview by tweeting to her 19 million followers about the National Center for Transgender Equality.
In 2014, Cyrus asked a homeless man to accept her Video of the Year trophy at the Video Music Awards to bring awareness to homelessness.
“The position I’m in, I feel like I’ve got a lot of power,” Cyrus told the Associate Press. “…When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that’s what I had to ask myself a lot. It’s like, I know you’re going to look at me more if my [breasts] are out, so look at me. And then I’m going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you.”
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 1.6 million youth in the United States are homeless, 40 percent consider themselves LGBT and one in three transgender people have been turned away from shelters.
Cyrus has said that she spent time struggling with traditional gender expectations.
“I didn’t want to be a boy,” she said. “I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box that I get put into.”
Happy Hippie funds will create digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families. They will also aid My Friend’s Place, a center for homeless youth in Hollywood.
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