Miley Cyrus Launches #InstaPride

...a Instagram portrait series to celebrate and share the individual stories of trans people.

Since Miley Cyrus' established her Happy Hippie Foundation earlier this year – a foundation to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations – our gurl Miley has been throwing herself in the trans acceptance movement again, by partnering up with Instagram. Hereby she wants to help non-cis people share their stories, via her recently announced #InstaPride hashtag.

‘I’m launching #InstaPride today, in partnership with @Instagram, to share stories of transgender and gender expansive people from around the country. Over the next 2 weeks, you’ll meet them and the people in their lives who support them, as we highlight their stories of resilience’, Cyrus wrote on Instagram.

Miley, who has been vocal about her own gender fluidity recently, invited different people around the country to take part in the project and served as the photographer for the Instagram portrait series.

The first story revealed on the #InstaPride hashtag is of Leo Sheng, a transgender man who has been transitioning for the past year an a half.

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‘For the past year and a half, my Instagram photos have been about my transition-filled life – graduating high school, starting college, making new connections,’ said Sheng, a 19-year-old film student living in Michigan. ‘But the most obvious theme has been my transition from female to male. For me, a picture really does say a thousand words.’

‘I spent so much of my life uncomfortable with who I was and afraid to move because I didn’t want to stand out any more than I already did,’ Leo said on Miley’s Instagram. ‘This last year as I’ve been transitioning, there’ve been a lot of moments when I truly felt free to be myself: the moment I woke up from top surgery, the day the bandages came off, my first shot of testosterone. Sometimes, I’ll be out in public with my family or just hanging around with friends, and I remember that I’m no longer having to hide anything about who I am. I’m not afraid to move anymore and I know who I am. Everything about me right now is exactly as it should be.’

Nothing left to say. You go Sheng!

Wednesday, 17. June 2015