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The singer jams with Joan Jett and dedicates a song to Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen who committed suicide

By Wade Rouse
Updated May 06, 2015 11:00 AM
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In order to bring awareness to The Happy Hippie Foundation – the new nonprofit she launched Tuesday – Miley Cyrus has kicked off a number of new musical performances titled Backyard Sessions.

The intimate, outdoor performances were shot at her home, and the videos – all to be released on the foundation’s website and the singer’s Facebook page – will raise funds for the new foundation, whose mission is to rally young people to fight the injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.

In a touching tribute to Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen who committed suicide in Ohio last December, Cyrus sings No Freedom.

“There’s no love without freedom no freedom without love,” Cyrus tenderly sings.

“Listened to this song a lot in December when Leelah passed away,” Cyrus wrote in a caption alongside the video. “These lyrics relate so perfectly to Happy Hippie & our message to the world!”

“The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was,” Alcorn wrote in her suicide note. “They’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights.”

In a second “Backyard Sessions,” Cyrus jams with Joan Jett on “Different.”

The “Wrecking Ball” singer has also shot a number of other “Backyard Sessions” to be released, according to Out.com, including a performance with Ariana Grande, in an attempt to help prevent some of the 40 percent of homeless youth who identify as LGBT from being rejected and running away.

“I’m fighting for people I don’t know,” Cyrus told Out.com, “but it’s also a fight for people I do know, and people I’m close to and love.”

Concluded the singer, who has long been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights: “As you get older, you start to realize what’s happening around you. You realize, ‘This isn’t the world I want to be living in.’ And you say, ‘What do I really want my life to be about?’ [Homelessness] is something that we see every single day. It’s like the birds chirping – we just ignore it because we’re so used to it.”

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