Miley Cyrus has officially launched a new organization, the Happy Hippie Foundation, dedicated to helping homeless youth, LGBT youth, and others!
According to Cincinnati.com, Miley was devastated by the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide on a Cincinnati-area highway in December. This moved Miley to start the foundation, also citing that her song “No Freedom” went along well with the message she wants to promote. “Listened to this song a lot in December when Leelah passed away,” Miley wrote on Facebook. “These lyrics relate so perfectly to Happy Hippie & our message to the world!”
As part of the launch, Miley has announced the release of the Backyard Sessions, a collection of music video collaborations with artists including Joan Jett, Laura Jane Grace, Melanie Safka and Ariana Grande. Each video, performed in Miley’s backyard, will premier exclusively on Facebook and allow fans to make donations. Check out one of the videos, “Different” with Miley and Joan Jett below!
“Pointless judgment and its effects are unfortunately something that is way to common. All humans have valid feelings and rights! I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution,” Miley said of the foundation. “No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status.”
Miley has long been involved in helping youth, specifically in the LGBT community. I’m really happy that she started this foundation. She has a lot of young fans because of her start in Disney, and I hope that she is able to make a big impact with this foundation!
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