Miley Cyrus launches #InstaPride campaign starring LGBT youth she photographed
The 22-year-old was asked to shoot portraits of awesome youth who identify as transgender, genderqueer and gender non-conforming and tell their stories via images and words on her Instagram.
"I’m launching #InstaPride today, in partnership with @Instagram, to share stories of transgender and gender expansive people from around the country," she wrote. "Over the next 2 weeks, you’ll meet them and the people in their lives who support them, as we highlight their stories of resilience."
“Anyone should be able to express how they feel, without question, and be able to live,” Cyrus added in an interview with TIME. “And use the f**king public restrooms.” A-freaking-men. *high five*
“I spent so much of my life uncomfortable with who I was and afraid to move because I didn’t want to stand out any more than I already did. This last year as I’ve been transitioning, there’ve been a lot of moments when I truly felt free to be myself: the moment I woke up from top surgery, the day the bandages came off, my first shot of testosterone. Sometimes, I’ll be out in public with my family or just hanging around with friends, and I remember that I’m no longer having to hide anything about who I am. I’m not afraid to move anymore and I know who I am. Everything about me right now is exactly as it should be.” - @isupersheng #happyhippiepresents #instapride @happyhippiefdn