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Miley Cyrus Launches #InstaPride on Instagram

Miley Cyrus Launches #InstaPride on Instagram


The pop star continues crusading for the LGBT community on social media.

Pop star Miley Cyrus continues her crusade for LGBT rights by announcing the launch of the #InstaPride hashtag on the social media site Instagram.

The hashtag will serve as yet another extension of Cyrus's Happy Hippie Foundation, which benefits homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations.

On Monday, Cyrus shared a photo of happy face balloons on the site with the caption "I'm launching #InstaPride today, in partnership with Instagram, to share stories of transgender and gender expansive people from around the country. Over the next two weeks, you'll meet them and the people in their lives who support them, as we highlight their stories of resilience."

The singer gave an exclusive interview to Time magazine about project. On the set of a photo shoot for #InstaPride's launch, Cyrus was joined by a bevy of young people posing for portraits, many of whom also spoke to Time."Anyone should be able to express how they feel, without question, and be able to live," Cyrus told Time. "And use the f--ing public restrooms."

The singer has said in the past that she launched the Happy Hippie Foundation partly in response to the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide after her parents forced her into conversion therapy.

"People like Leelah are not living their lives because people are telling them what to be. And there are women miles away from me right now that are only allowed to show this much of their eyes. I can stand on a stage with my tits out," Cyrus told Time. "It's so unfair that I'm allowed to be like this and there are two men that can't get married in f--ing Nashville right now."

Cyrus has been in the news recently for an array of projects calling attention to issues surrounding the transgender community, including performing a stirring cover of the Replacements 1984 song "Androgynous" alongside transgender rocker Laura Jane Grace of the punk band Against Me! and rock icon Joan Jett, who had previously recorded the song. The video was part of the Backyard Sessions series featured on the Happy Hippie Foundation's website.

This month, the 22-year-old singer came out as bisexual and possibly genderqueer in an interview with Paper magazine. The magazine called the former Disney star "her generation's most unlikely social activist and also one of its most powerful."

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