Miley Cyrus Finds Purpose in Helping Homeless and LGBT Youth
"Every life is valuable, and we should make sure those who question their value feel protected," Cyrus wrote of launching the Happy Hippie Foundation
Miley‘s on a mission.
The “We Can’t Stop” singer – who recently revealed to the AP that not all of her past relationships have been “straight, heterosexual” ones – aims to fight homelessness among youth and the LGBT population with her newly launched Happy Hippie Foundation. And the former child star says two trans people have particularly inspired her recently.
“In December of last year, Leelah Alcorn, a young transgender girl, committed suicide. It hit me as hard as if I had known her. I felt connected to her,” Cyrus wrote of the Cincinnati teen who took her own life when her parents didn’t accept her when she came out to them as transgender. “The more I learned about what life can be like as a transgender person, the more I realized how especially woven into homelessness that is.”
“Bruce Jenner spoke beautifully about using his platform and fame to DO GOOD and to make real change, and I want to do exactly that!” Cyrus added on the organization’s site.
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The singer hopes to eradicate youth and LGBT homelessness with the nonprofit, which donates proceeds to various groups that support homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations. (She was also sure to note that 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT and up in such circumstances because of rejection from families.)
“No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender, status or orientation,” Cyrus also wrote, adding, “it is our mission to make sure those who question the value of themselves and their lives feel protected and loved.”
The one-time Hannah Montana star, who’s been focusing on the issue for a year now, famously brought a young homeless man to the 2014 VMAs to raise awareness.