In May, Cyrus launched The Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit that supports homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations. On June 15, she took her activism one step further with #InstaPride — a partnership with Instagram (as well as HHF) that will "share stories of transgender and gender expansive people from around the country." Cyrus announced the new campaign on the image-sharing platform today. "Over the next 2 weeks, you'll meet them and the people in their lives who support them, as we highlight their stories of resilience," she continued in her post.
Leo Sheng, a transgender man who has been transitioning for a year and a half, kicked off the campaign. Like Cyrus, he recognizes the power in one using their voice. "I hope that my portrait can inspire those who have the ability to share their own stories to find their voices," he wrote. "If there's anything that the last few years have taught me, it's that living an unapologetic existence is the most freeing thing you can do." Hear, hear!
Take a look at the first few #InstaPride posts, below.
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 2 weeks, you’ll meet them and the people in their lives who support them, as we highlight their stories of resilience 🌈 #happyhippiepresents @happyhippiefdn
“I spent so much of my life uncomfortable with who I was and afraid to move because I didn’t want to stand out any more than I already did. This last year as I’ve been transitioning, there’ve been a lot of moments when I truly felt free to be myself: the moment I woke up from top surgery, the day the bandages came off, my first shot of testosterone. Sometimes, I’ll be out in public with my family or just hanging around with friends, and I remember that I’m no longer having to hide anything about who I am. I’m not afraid to move anymore and I know who I am. Everything about me right now is exactly as it should be.” - @isupersheng 🌈 #happyhippiepresents #instapride @happyhippiefdn
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