People like to give Miley Cyrus a hard time for her over-the-top antics. But as of late, Miley is being recognized as a major LGBTQ advocate. Reflecting back on her 2013 VMAs performance. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest Miley said, “I just didn’t realize my platform, I didn’t realize my power. If I’m going to be given this loud of a voice and this big of an image and this big of a platform; this is a huge opportunity to talk to young people in America right now.”
Through her nonprofit Happy Hippie Foundation, Miley is raising awareness and funds for LGBTQ homeless youth. In addition, The Happy Hippie foundation launched a popular social media campaign #InstaPride that celebrated portraits and stories of transgender and gender expansive individuals.
Miley was also recently recognized by The American Foundation for AIDS Research for her charitable contributions; awarded top honors at their annual gala. In her moving acceptance speech, Miley informed the crowd “1.6 million young people are homeless each year, and 40% of homeless young people identify as LGBT. This community is disproportionately affected by this disease, and discrimination can lead to homelessness, and once these young people are on the street, many young people find that exchanging sex for food, clothing, and shelter are their only chance for survival, putting them at a much greater risk for contracting HIV and AIDS.” The event raised 1.5 million dollars. Go Miley!
To learn more about Happy Hippie and how you too can get involved visit: https://www.happyhippies.org/