American singer Miley Cyrus on May 5 officially launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, whose mission is to "rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and other vulnerable populations".
On the same day, she gave interviews to LGBT entertainment magazine Out and Associated Press, hinting that she may not be strictly heterosexual. She told Out that she spent a lot of time "struggling with traditional gender expectations" and being resentful that she was a girl.
"I didn't want to be a boy. I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don't relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that's what I had to understand: Being a girl isn't what I hate, it's the box that I get put into," she said.
In recent months, she has also taken increasingly vocal stands against homophobia, Out reported.
Cyrus famously asked a homeless man named Jesse Helt to accept her Video of the Year trophy at the 2014 Video Music Awards.
The Happy Hippie Foundation website states that 1.6 million youth are homeless each year, and that 40 per cent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and family rejection is the most common reason LGBT youth experience homelessness
She will be singing in the backyard of her own home with other singers, and will post videos of their sessions on the Foundation's website. These videos will be used to raise funds.
In the first video posted on May 5, Cyrus can be seen sporting earrings with the logo of the Happy Hippie Foundation.