Miley Cyrus; Not a book to judge by its cover!

miley cyrus transgender transLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — I might have done just that.

It was merely amusing, I thought, back when Miley Cyrus dumped the whole Hannah Montana scene and went twerking on National TV. The half-life of a child performer is notoriously short, and presumably, Miley decided make a last dash for cash before her fame flamed out. She only needed to look at her Dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, to picture what laid beyond the horizon career-wise.

As we all know now, the dash for cash turned out to be a wildy successful reinvention of herself. One need not like her music, attention-getting tactics or twerking to be in awe of her marketing shrewdness.

But it’s not all about money for Miley Cyrus. Most recently, she’s taking it upon herself to speak out on social issues in our society — the kind that jeopardizes personal cash flow. It takes extraordinary empathy to do this type of advocacy — and the transgender community benefits directly from Miley’s efforts in this area.

Miley created a Trans and LGBT homeless organization — the Happy Hippie Foundation — whose mission is to “rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.” Miley recalled the death of Leelah Alcorn after the launching of the foundation which included performances with trans woman Laura Jane Grace of Against Me and singer Joan Jett, a noted trans ally.

Miley Cyrus in the Happy Hippie Foundation blog:

“In December of last year, Leelah Alcorn, a young transgender girl, committed suicide. It hit me as hard as if I had known her. I felt connected to her. For a year, my focus has been on helping homeless youth, and it was heartbreaking to hear that 40 percent of homeless teens identify as LGBT. The more I learned about what life can be like as a transgender person, the more I realized how especially woven into homelessness that is. . . .”


For all this, I have to stand up and applaud trans ally Miley Cyrus. You should too, even if you’re not Miley’s target audience.

My previous articles on Leelah:

Laura Jane Grace:

Joan Jett:

Happy Hippies blog:

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5 replies

  1. I think she’s often hilarious, often awesome, and produces pop that may be awful calculated but is still fun for those of us who can listen without taking it too seriously. Good on her for using her status to help out.

    • Kit, excellent comment! It’s nice to see that she can do something like this, regardless of what effect it may have on her career. It’s always fun to watch children develop into adults.

      And in this photo shoot, at least, she kept her tongue INSIDE her mouth the whole time!

  2. Well . . . thanks, Lexie Cannes. I’ve been posting her backyard jams for the last couple days. Miley Cyrus has a big spotlight and a big stage . . . she has more than 47 million fans on facebook. . . . if she can be an ally who is willing to risk all of that so she can show her support for the trans community, then more power to her. And, if she can be a solid, intelligent and sensitive ally who walks the walk, then all the better for us!

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