Miley Cyrus has taken her LGBT advocacy to the next level by launching the Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization that will fundraise for LGBT youth, homeless youth, and other marginalized youth populations.

As part of the launch, Miley is also introducing a series of music video collaborations with artists like Laura Jane Grace, Joan Jett and Ariana Grande.

“Pointless judgment and its effects are unfortunately something that is way to common. All humans have valid feelings and rights! I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution,” says Cyrus in her announcement. “No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status.”

Check out the full list of organizations she’s working with here! This is clearly still developing, but let’s see what she can do. 


I Am Jazz: A Children’s Book About Trans Teen Activist Jazz Jennings

In 2007, in an interview called I’m a Girl—Understanding Transgender Children with Barbara Walters, we met a seven year old girl named Jazz Jennings. From the age of two, Jazz Jennings knew she was a girl, even though her family and the rest of the world saw her as a boy. With the support of her family, Jazz began her transition from her assigned male gender to her known female gender. She has become one of the youngest transgender activists and teen celebrities for the transgender community, and she talks openly about her life as a transgender teenager in her YouTube videos called I Am Jazz.

In a new children’s book by the same name, Jazz and Jessica Herthel co-wrote Jazz’s story. I Am Jazz is written in Jazz’s first person voice with dialogue simple enough for preschoolers to understand with a clear and honest description of what it means to be transgender. Jazz explains, “I have a girl brain but a boy body…I was born this way!”

The book navigates Jazz’s insistent and consistent desire to be called a girl, her family’s initial confusion then acceptance, and her overriding pride and joy in being who she is.

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