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Miley Cyrus launches charity for homeless LGBT youth

By Aileen Graef
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Miley Cyrus launches charity for homeless LGBT youth
Recording artist Miley Cyrus is trying to help homeless LGBT youth. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- Singer Miley Cyrus announced the launch of her charity, the Happy Hippie Foundation, to support homeless LGBT youth.

She made the announcement Tuesday with the first video of her Backyard Sessions series, which will benefit the foundation. The first video was a rendition of the song "No Freedom," which she said she listened to after the death of Leelah Alcorn -- the transgender teenager who committed suicide by walking in front of a tractor trailer.

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Alcorn's suicide inspired Cyrus to launch the organization. The Backyard Sessions will include collaborations with Joan Jett, Laura Jane Grace, Melanie Safka 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," she said in her announcement. "No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status."

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