6 Reasons Miley Cyrus is a LGBTQ Superhero
Apparently ‘Make America Great Again’ is code for eliminating all forms of equality. Between the removal of LGBTQ resources across government websites and Trump’s attempt to discharge over 15,000 trans soldiers, this administration has been harsh on the community.
In this confusing political climate, vocal advocates are necessary. From Disney darling to happy hippie, Miley Cyrus is constantly evolving, but her passion for the community has remained unwavering. Here’s 6 reasons Little Miss Malibu is the ultimate LGBTQ superhero.
1. Pride’s princess of empowerment
Miley Cyrus’ track “Inspired” became this year’s unofficial Pride anthem for a generation of politically charged LGBTQ youth. Entangled in her raspy vocals, Miley delivers a powerful song that highlights the fight for equality. With a message to find the strength within yourself, Miley challenges her audience to become the change they want to see.
2. Pan & proud
After many years of championing LGBTQ rights, Miley Cyrus declared her own pansexuality -- meaning gender and sexuality aren’t a factor in her love life. She followed the announcement with a trans-centric pictorial in Candy Magazine that left us gagged, literally.
3. A VMA legend
Miley, what's good?! Miley Cyrus has had some memorable VMA moments (will we ever look at a foam finger the same?). To close the 2015 telecast, Miley lead a pack of drag queens in a campy performance of her ode to marijuana, “Dooo It.” She gave the glamazons an enormous platform, and giving drag that kind of visibility is pretty badass.
4. A voice for the trans community
While some celebrity Instagram accounts are filled with exorbitant vacation shots, Miley’s images ask for more than a “like.” In 2015, Cyrus teamed up with Instagram to start #InstaPride, an initiative that showcased members of the transgender community. The collaboration educated her followers on the struggles trans people face.
5. A woman on a mission
In 2014, Miley introduced the Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization dedicated to rallying young people to fight social injustices against vulnerable groups like LGBTQ youth and homeless youth. Though her twerking and sledgehammer-licking may get more attention from the media, Miley recognizes her privilege and uses her influence to make a positive impact.
6. She puts her money where her mouth is
Pop’s wild child turned heads when she arrived at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles in a leather bondage number, but she didn’t leave before donating $500,000 to the AIDS research organization. It’s Miley's special brand of in-your-face activism that keeps people talking -- and bless her for it.
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