Our ratchet homegirl Miley Cyrus has officially come out as bisexual during an interview with Paper Magazine, not to mention posing nude for it as well. As Paper put it so perfectly, 22-year-old Cyrus is “perhaps her generation’s most unlikely social activist, and also one of its most powerful.” The article, titled Free To Be Miley, shows Cyrus in a new light after she confirmed her sexuality, following her first coming-out to her mother when she was 14.
“I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys,” Cyrus said. She also made this clear to former boyfriends.
But supporting the LGBT community is nothing new for Cyrus. Miley founded the Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit that provides a home for teens who identify as members of the LGBT community. And she’s been quite the advocate. After all, she did send for Jesse Helt, a 22-year-old homeless man, to collect her award at the 2014 VMAs.
Not only did Cyrus come out as bi, but also told Paper that she doesn’t try to fit into gender norms.
“I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl,” she said.
Why is this so important? Having been raised in a famous family and being a Disney tween star at one point in her life, Miley has had to transform herself in the public eye, which takes a lot of courage for a young woman. Cyrus credited her inspiration to Leelah Alcorn, a 14-year-old trans girl who committed suicide after being forced to undergo therapy to make her straight again. Ultimately, Cyrus is trying to say that yes, it’s OK to be who you are. Identification is optional.
You do you, Miley. Same goes to everyone else. You’re all unique and beautiful.
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