Miley Cyrus supports transgenders on Instagram

Miley Cyrus supports transgenders on Instagram

Instagram became her main base of social activism. In order to increase acceptance for “transgender and gender expansive people” she created #InstaPride hashtag on Monday.

Miley Cyrus expresses her strong support for transgender people on Instagram.

Instagram became her main base of social activism. In order to increase acceptance for “transgender and gender expansive people” she created  #InstaPride hashtag on Monday.

This new project will show pictures and stories of ordinary people from all over the country who changed their gender. The project will last for 2 weeks and the first person to be told about is Leo Sheng. He is a 19-year-old student from Michigan. Young transgender thinks that his story will show people that the change is possible.

“#hellomynameis Leo Sheng (@isupersheng). I’m 19 years old and a film student living in Michigan. For the past year and a half, my Instagram photos have been about my transition-filled life — graduating high school, starting college, making new connections. But the most obvious theme has been my transition from female to male. For me, a picture really does say a thousand words. I was recently invited by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) to be part of a Happy Hippie Foundation (@happyhippiefdn) and Instagram portrait series. It was run and shot by Miley herself and showcased stories of trans and gender-fluid Instagrammers from around the country. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been in a room with so much love, pride and respect for everyone’s journeys. I hope that my portrait can inspire those who have the ability to share their own stories to find their voices. If there’s anything that the last few years have taught me, it’s that living an unapologetic existence is the most freeing thing you can do.” Photo by @mileycyrus for #happyhippiepresents #instapride

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Miley Cyrus created the Happy Hippie Foundation in 2014. It is aimed to give people strength by showing stories of others who faced same problems. The foundation also helps to “learn more about the power of acceptance, self-expression and freedom, no matter what our gender identity.”

According to Cyrus, #InstaPride is also created for lesbian, gay, bisexual and even homeless youth. Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who took his life because of people’s nonacceptance, inspired famous singer to prevent such fatal incidents.

Amanda Petrusich wrote about Cyrus’s foundation in Paper magazine:

At 22, she’s perhaps her generation’s most unlikely social activist, and also one of its most powerful. Now she’s harnessing that influence to counter what she sees as an unacceptable reality: young people being persecuted and cast out for their sexuality


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