Speculation on celebrities’ sexualities is usually futile and almost always very murky territory. Two progressive arguments often butt heads while people grapple with exactly how much they should consider the personal lives of public figures: a. that celebrities have a right to sexual privacy, versus b. that celebrities are in a higher position to induce change by killing the idea of the closet — and, more provocatively — killing the idea that, by revealing they’re dating outside of a hetero-norm, they’re automatically sexually classifiable.
Miley Cyrus — who for so long was the recipient of all forms of media/social shaming for the fact that at one point she was a child and then, later on, became an (actively shocking) adult — has done the very adult thing of taking matters into her own hands for seemingly selfless reasons. Cyrus is in the midst of launching the Happy Hippie Foundation, which will help homeless LGBT youth through a digital support center. This was all inspired after she enlisted a homeless man to accept her award at the 2014 Video Music Awards; Leelah Alcorn’s suicide — spurred by some of the frequent hardships of being a transgender teen — further compelled Cyrus to act. The singer claims that 40 percent of America’s staggering 1.6 million homeless young people are LGBT.
It’s something that everyone sees. It’s like the birds chirping. We’re consciously ignoring it at all times, but it’s always happening right in front of us.
Then, in a very important gesture — and one whose vagueness is actually refreshing — she spoke of her own experiences. She noted that not all of her relationships have been “straight, heterosexual” ones. She said:
The position I’m in, I feel like I’ve got a lot of power. But so many kids don’t feel that way. They’re under their parents’ rule.
For the launch of the foundation, Cyrus is collaborating with Joan Jett and Ariana Grande on a series of music videos. She also, as you may already know, did this to her armpits:
Cyrus elaborated on the pits:
The pink pits are saying, ‘Don’t tell me what to do… It’s back to what I’m preaching in a way, you know, telling these kids. I’m not just saying you be yourself and I’m going to go be Miley Cyrus. I’m saying I’m going to be my [fucking] self, too.