Miley Cyrus is living a proud life -- and wants everyone else to do the same.
Earlier this month, the 22-year-old singer launched the #InstaPride campaign, which featured portraits of transgender and gender expansive individuals, to get fans to display images of acceptance on Instagram. The social drive, which coincided with Pride, was part of her ongoing efforts with the Happy Hippie Foundation to fight injustice faced by LGBT youth and homeless teens.
But even though Pride month ends on June 30, living an out and proud life doesn’t stop for Cyrus. “My life is f**king Pride,” she says in an interview with Instagram. “Like, Happy Hippie? That’s my f**king life. It doesn’t stop in a month. You know? This isn’t Christmas or Valentine’s Day where you give people some presents for no f**king reason just because you’re supposed to. Saying that these people really matter, my voice matters and I want to use it for something, it’s given me such a purpose.”
The campaign comes as Cyrus has opened up about her own sexuality, admitting that she’s been in same-sex relationships. She recently revealed to Paper magazine that, at 14, she told her mom she had romantic feelings for women. But her journey of self-discovery hasn’t stopped, explaining that people like Internet sensation Brendan Jordan have helped her understand and relate to gender fluidity.
This is Brendan (@jordvnhaus), a high school student from Las Vegas, Nevada who currently identifies as both male and female. Brendan shares more saying: "In these past two years I have been feeling free to really just be myself and to start molding my future self. My mom and dad both let me be free and let me just be my artistic and fun self. Some days I feel like my female "Brendan" comes out, and other days I feel like my male "Brendan" comes out.” 💛💛💛💛💛 #InstaPride #HappyHippiePresents @happyhippiefdn @instagram
“My favorite thing Brendan Jordan [who was part of the portrait series] says is, ‘Some days I wake up and I’m the more fem Brendan and some days I wake up and I’m more the masculine Brendan and I don’t know what I’m going to be in the future, but I know that for right now I’m just Brendan,’” she explains. “I think that is something that we need to all focus on more.”
While #InstaPride was a success -- read some of the community's responses -- of and the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Cyrus says there’s more to be done. “I know everyone’s saying ‘Love wins,’” she says. “But does it? There are still so many people and so many [issues], especially for black trans women.”
“Yes, I can celebrate today, but tomorrow it’s back to work,” Cyrus adds, knowing that her work with Happy Hippie is far from slowing down.