Miley Cyrus has launched another major campaign in support of the LGBT community.
The 22-year-old took to Instagram today to announce the #InstaPride campaign and share the meaning of it with her fans:
“I’m launching #InstaPride today, in partnership with @Instagram, to share stories of transgender and gender expansive people from around the country,” she wrote Monday morning. “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.”
Along with the announcement, Cyrus also shared the story of Leo Sheng — a 19-year-old student from Michigan and the first person to share his story as part of the #InstaPride campaign.
Sheng writes, “I have a lot of different identities. I’m a writer, a filmmaker in the works, a sometimes photographer, a good public-speaker, a social media junkie, a Gleek, a feminist, an activist a movie buff, a dutiful Netflix fan. The list goes on and on. As for my gender, I identify as a trans man.”
In a second photo he adds, “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.”
Cyrus also explained to Time magazine, “The portraits and the people in them are meant to serve as positive examples for young people who might be struggling to figure themselves out, as well as reference points for those who might not personally know anyone who doesn’t feel at home in their own body.”