From the early days of her pop music career, singer Miley Cyrus
has served her own brand of rebel girl realness. Quick to ditch her wholesome Disney alter ego Hannah Montana, Miley became set on letting the world know she was her own woman. Remember that controversial bare-shoulder photo with Annie Leibovitz at 15? Her first non-Hannah hit, in 2009, was "Party in the U.S.A.," and she's been doing just that, or haven't you seen all those scandalous social media photos that circulate of Miley with a bong, a Bob Marley birthday cake, and other wild child accoutrements? She's had a blast sticking out her tongue, twerking, and straddling a wrecking ball these past six years, but there is one thing she's been dead serious about all along: our rights.
Yes, Miley, 22, is one of the most ardent and vocal LGBT rights advocates Hollywood has ever known. In fact, her focus has grown increasingly political this past year, and that's not only because her current boyfriend Patrick is a Schwarzenegger. (A Schwarzenegger-Kennedy, at that.) Make no mistake, Miley is talented, smart, fearless, media-savvy, and she's right where we want her: on our side.
Here's a timeline of Miley's LGBT activism:
2009: In April, during the annual Miss USA pageant, Miss California Carrie Prejean tells contest judge Perez Hilton she believes only heterosexual couples should be allowed to legally marry. Afterward, in a Twitter conversation about the remark to Hilton, 16-year-old Miley tweets, "Everyone deserves to love and be loved and most importantly smile."