Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Bruce Jenner and Jaden Smith are becoming role models for LGBT youth by being proud and unapologetic when facing the scrutiny of the public.
“Being who you are,” writes Miley Cyrus, “and who you want to be has nothing to do with gender, sexuality, body type, race, or age.” This line is lifted from an op-ed piece Cyrus recently penned entitled ‘Innovators and Dinosaurs’. One can, if curiosity begets them, read it on a new website
for The Happy Hippie Foundation, Cyrus’ new non-profit organization supporting homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youths. 1.6 million youths are made homeless every year in the US, 40% of which identify as being from the LGBTQ aspect of society. These are people who have been discredited, rejected by their loved ones, seen as being tainted and in some 25% of unfortunate cases, abused; physically, sexually, or both. The Happy Hippie Foundation supports strategic programmes that will focus on prevention, immediate needs and awareness around what is happening to so many misunderstood and discredited young people.
“Being a girl isn’t what I hate, its the box that I get put into…”
In a recent phone interview with Sandy Cohen of the Associated Press, Cyrus stated that not all her past relationships were “straight, heterosexual” ones. Cyrus is someone who gets it. She gets that a person cannot be confined by their sexual preference, because it is a trivial human act. Our race is generally divided into male and female. Many people enjoy sexual relationships with people of the same sex, many do not, and many respond to both sexes. This diversity is a simple fact of human nature that is entirely natural, for if it was not, it would not occur. Culturally inherited stereotypes, which one learns at a young age, largely is a variety of compositions of over-generalisation, prejudice, and a refusal to acknowledge observable acts of human nature. These stereotypes are largely irrational and can be dangerous.
In another interview, Cyrus declared that she does not identify with any particular gender. “I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy,” Cyrus explained, “and I think that’s what I had to understand; being a girl isn’t what I hate, its the box that I get put into. The definition is what I don’t like. The box is what I don’t like. It’s the [stereotype of]weakness, and the vulnerability. I don’t want, in my life ever, some prince dude to come save me. I don’t need to be saved. I’m my own person. I’m strong. As you get older I think I just started to celebrate it, because I learned more about what women really are.” Cyrus also nominated Bruce Jenner as her current idol.
In an interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC news, Bruce Jenner, the famous former Olympian who was at one time coined ‘the greatest athlete in the world’, but who is now better known as the Kardashians’ stepfather, bravely revealed after years of silence that he is, in fact, transgender. (I say ‘he’, because although Jenner described himself as for all intents and purposes a woman, he has not yet specifically requested that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, so, just like Diane Sawyer maintained throughout their interview, I have also elected to use the male pronoun.)
Roberta Glennon-Rule, a 16-year-old student at Everett High School in Lansing, Michigan, wore a neon tank with the words “LEGALIZE GAY!” on it to school yesterday. Roberta, who describes herself as an active supporter of the LGBT community and a performer at the gay pride festivals in her town, says a security guard told her that her shirt was inappropriate almost as soon as she got to school. Within five minutes of walking into school, “a security guard told me to take it off,” she told Cosmopolitan.com. At first, Roberta thought the security guard called out her tank top because the width of its straps violated the dress code. Instead, she says he told her that what it said was offensive. “I was like, ‘Um, I don’t have anything to cover it up, and even if I did, I wouldn’t.’ And I walked away,” Roberta said. Her friends encouraged her to tweet about her experience, so she immediately posted the above tweet with her middle finger up. In response, Miley Cyrus fan groups began DMing her on Twitter and told her they were trying to get Miley to see Roberta’s tweet. They succeeded, and Roberta ended up talking to Miley on the phone within 2.5 hours of posting the tweet. (Miley’s rep confirmed to Cosmopolitan.com that Miley spoke to Roberta.) “It was absolutely crazy,” Roberta said. “I’ve been obsessed with her since Hannah Montana.” The night before this all happened, Roberta had actually been on the site for the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit organization Miley founded to help homeless and LGBTQ youth, looking to buy a sweatshirt. Miley told her she should buy one in every color.
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