Miley Cyrus Launches “InstaPride” To Spotlight Transgender And Gender Expansive People — SEE PHOTOS!
Miley Cyrus launched “#InstaPride” on Monday, a new collaboration with Instagram that will spotlight “stories of transgender and gender expansive people from around the country.” See photos below.
The new initiative kicks off with portraits Cyrus herself took of people who openly fall on non-traditional points of the gender spectrum. The pop star took a series of photographs in May that will now be shared across Instagram. “You’ll meet them and the people in their lives who support them, as we highlight their stories of resilience,” she says.
The program is in conjunction with Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation. As Gossip Cop reported, the singer formally started the organization last month to increase awareness about the LGBT and homeless communities. The new photo campaign will feature roughly 12 people, all showcased in a yellow color scheme so as not to subscribe to the typical “boy blue” and “girl pink” associations.
Cyrus hinted earlier this year that she had something in the works with Instagram after sharing a photo of herself in a meeting at the social media company’s headquarters. In an interview with Time that was conducted at the photo shoot, Cyrus said, “Anyone should be able to express how they feel, without question, and be able to live. And use the f*cking public restrooms.”
The star was referring to Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which, as Gossip Cop reported, she protested earlier this year after certain establishments used it to ban LGBT people. Using bathrooms in Indianapolis as an example, Cyrus told Time, “No matter what I’d do, I’d probably be allowed to go in there. Because they’re starf*ckers. And these people are real people. I don’t want to be anywhere they can’t be.”
The comment gets to the heart of Cyrus’ new efforts, which seek to demonstrate that everyone is just the same. Leo Sheng is the first to be highlighted via “#InstaPride,” getting his own post on the official Instagram blog. “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,” he says.
Sheng regularly documents his journey on his own Instagram, such as a recent post that celebrated the one-year anniversary of his “top surgery,” in which he had his breasts removed. Check out the photos Cyrus took of Sheng below, and tell us what you think of “#InstaPride.”