Miley Cyrus, the “Bangerz” singer who brought twerking to the national stage, announced Tuesday the launch of the Happy Hippie Foundation, her new organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The purpose of the nonprofit charity is to “raise funds to create digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families,” according to the foundation’s website.
The foundation has partnered with Facebook to bring intimate “Backyard Sessions” with Cyrus, 22, and other singers to social media users. The videos will appear exclusively on Facebook and will feature a “Donate” button that allows music fans to give money directly to the foundation, according to Rolling Stone.
"Pointless judgment and its effects are unfortunately something that is way too common," Cyrus said in a statement. "All humans have valid feelings and rights! I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution." Here are five things to know about Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation.
1. The organization is aimed at helping homeless and LGBT youth. There are some 1.6 million homeless youth in the U.S., nearly half of whom identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to the foundation.
2. The Backyard Sessions will feature artists like Joan Jett and Ariana Grande. The first video is already up and features Cyrus and Jett jamming to “Different.”
3. They’ll be performed in her own backyard(s). The singer has a $3.9 million home in Studio City, California, and she just bought a $4 million ranch-style home in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles.
4. Cyrus has hinted at being bisexual. The singer recently split from Patrick Schwarzenegger and commented that not all her relationships have been “straight,” according to the Mirror.
5. Cyrus helped raise $200,000 for a Los Angeles youth support organization last year. The singer had a young homeless man named Jesse accept an award on her behalf, and then encouraged people to donate to My Friend’s Place, the organization that introduced Cyrus to Jesse, the Advocate reported.