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: https://lexiecannes.com/?s=leelah&x=0&y=0
Laura Jane Grace: https://lexiecannes.com/?s=laura+Jane+Grace&x=2&y=0
Joan Jett: https://lexiecannes.com/?s=joan+jett&x=6&y=9
Watch LEXIE CANNES right now: http://www.amazon.com/Lexie-Cannes-CourtneyODonnell/dp/B00KEYH3LQ Or get the DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0963781332
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/
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