Miley Cyrus Launches Non-Profit in Aid of Homeless LGBT Youths 6 years ago

Miley Cyrus Launches Non-Profit in Aid of Homeless LGBT Youths

Miley Cyrus has launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit in aid of homeless LGBT youths. 

Then 22-year-old singer told The Associated Press: "The position I'm in, I feel like I've got a lot of power."

Advertisement

"But so many kids don't feel that way. They're under their parents' rule."

Cyrus added that she was inspired by the attention garnered when she asked a homeless man to accept her Video of the Year trophy at the 2014 Video Music Awards and by the tragic death of Leelah Alcorn in December of last year.

Miley Cyrus (L) and Zoe Kravitz arrive at the 2015  Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museums latest exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass  May 4, 2015 in New York.      AFP PHOTO /  TIMOTHY  A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Miley pictured at the Met Gala on Sunday night with Zoe Kravitz

Miley quoted a staggering statistic at the launch, saying there are more than 1.6 million homeless youths in the US and 40 per cent of that number are LGBT.

She added: "It's not going to be an overnight process,' she said. 'You've got to get into a lot of people's brains and you've got to really make this a topic."

Advertisement

In addition to support groups and a centre of homeless youths in Hollywood, Miley has recored a collection of musical collaborations to promote the venture. The first Backyard Session features legendary rocker Joan Jett.

Officially launching The Happy Hippie Foundation today with #HappyHippiePresents: Backyard Sessions! Watch the full...

Posted by Miley Cyrus on Tuesday, May 5, 2015