Miley Cyrus has slammed a proposed bill in Tennessee that would prevent transgender students in high school and university from using the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.
Taking to Instagram, the singer wrote: “For a moment a few weeks ago, it seemed like lawmakers in Tennessee had really heard the brave testimony of a transgender young person and her parents. A mother’s simple ask to legislators about what they would do if it was their child who was transgender hit a nerve, and the anti-transgender bill was sent to a summer study session, seemingly killing if for this year."
She continued: "But that was two weeks ago – a lifetime ago, it seems, in light of all that has happened since – and that bill is back.”
1. When, in 2011, she tweeted this photo of an equal symbol tattooed on her ring finger and captioned it "All LOVE is equal":
2. And when the photo caused so much controversy that she penned an essay for Glamour explaining why she got it:
"Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn't marry. And you couldn't have that special day the way your friends do—you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person's shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach.
"I believe every American should be allowed the same rights and civil liberties. Without legalised same-sex marriage, most of the time you cannot share the same health benefits, you are not considered next of kin and you are not granted the same securities as a heterosexual couple. How is this different than having someone sit in the back of the bus because of their skin color?"
3. When she wore this pin in 2012:
4. When in 2013 she responded to people saying she looked like a lesbian after cutting her hair:
“Everyone said I was a lesbian [after doing it] but I’m like, ‘Being a lesbian isn’t a bad thing. So if you think I look like I’m a lesbian, I’m not offended. You can call me much worse,'” she told the Toronto Sun. “I’ve been called much worse. Being a lesbian is a compliment more than what else they call me.”
5. When she launched the Happy Hippie Foundation to help homeless and LGBTQI youth:
"People who we say WE can’t change the world ARE wrong. We will make some noise and cause a scene! We will challenge each other and the world & will stop pointless judgment," The Happy Hippie manifesto reads.
6. When the Happy Hippie Foundation partnered with Instagram to launch #InstaPride, specifically to help share trans stories:
7. When the Happy Hippie Foundation launched a bunch of digital support groups for LGBT+ youths:
"[The support groups] will be a place for young people to get information and help, reaching people who don't have access to physical support groups (whether it's because support groups are not available in their geographic area or because of other barriers, like stigma or fear)," the Happy Hippie website reads.
"Why digital support groups?" the foundation asks. "Because Happy Hippies are committed to helping youth achieve positive outcomes in life and acceptance helps promote self-esteem, well-being, and overall general health for LGBT young people! Experts explain that support groups promote resilience and enable LGBT youth to connect to peers, which counters the stigma they experience on a daily basis."
The groups, which provide young people with referrals to legal and medical resources are also a place for young people to share their experiences with gender and identity issues in a safe space and provide support for one another.
8. When she drafted this letter to the New York State legislature, encouraging legislators to fund organisations that support homeless youth:
After hundreds of Happy Hippie supporters signed the petition, New York State Legislature raised funding for homeless youth shelters to $4.5 million, $2.1 million more than previous years, and the first appreciable increase in funding for such shelters since 2008.
9. When she held a follow-up to 2012's Backyard Sessions, to raise money and awareness for the LGBTQI community:
Telling Out.com that she wanted to prevent some of the 40 per cent of homeless LGBTQI youths from running away as a result of discrimination, she said: "I'm fighting for people I don't know, but it's also a fight for people I do know, and people I'm close to and love."
"As you get older, you start to realise what's happening around you. You realise, 'This isn't the world I want to be living in.' And you say, 'What do I really want my life to be about?' [Homelessness] is something that we see every single day. It's like the birds chirping – we just ignore it because we're so used to it."
10. When she dedicated this performance of "No Freedom" to Leelah Alcorn, a trans girl whose suicide made headlines last year.
11. When she gave this speech at the LGBT Vanguard Awards last year:
Accepting the award, she said: "I am thinking of this not as what we've done, but what we're doing, and what we're gonna do in the future. We are gonna continue to fight against the judgement and the stigma."
12. When she gave this speech at the AmfAR Awards:
"1.6 million young people are homeless each year," she said. "And 40 per cent of homeless young people identify as LGBT. Discrimination can lead to homelessness, and once these young people are on the street, many of them find that exchanging sex for food, clothing and shelter are their only chance of survival, putting them at a much greater risk for contracting HIV and AIDS."
13. When she spoke about sexuality, gender and acceptance with ELLE:
14. When she sobbed while watching Ellen Page's Gaycation series and took to Instagram to tell her 40.3 million Instagram followers to watch it: