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When Miley Cyrus decides to do something, she does it big. After all, homegirl does have a tendency to come in like a wrecking ball, twerk Robin Thicke straight into a divorce and public vilification, and lick sledgehammers. So to hear she’s using her Instagram profile, which has a following of more than 22 million, as a platform to launch #InstaPride, a transgender activism campaign on Instagram, well, all I have to say is, can’t stop, don’t stop.

#InstaPride is a two week project that will feature pictures and stories from transgender and gender expansive persons from across the world, along with the allies who support them. The first Miley-endorsed #InstaPride photo came from Leo Sheng, a 19-year-old Michigan student who is in the process of transitioning from female to male. In the caption, Sheng expresses optimism that #InstaPride will help others embrace their stories and feel free and secure enough to share them with the world: “I hope that my portrait can inspire those who have the ability to share their own stories to find their voices.”

Matching tats with @isupersheng ?⚓️#happyhippiepresents #instapride @instagram @happyhippiefdn

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

Cyrus, who organized the campaign and was responsible for shooting the photos, including Sheng’s, is no stranger to social media activism. #InstaPride is part of Cyrus’s Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit she started in 2014 that rallies youth to fight back against injustices and discrimination faced by homeless and LGBT youth. A campaign from one of the world’s biggest pop stars around transgendered people celebrating themselves and gaining visibility is not only welcome, but also necessary. This is a population where 41% have attempted suicide, a staggeringly unacceptable figure that should convince any decent person that showing and offering up just a little pride and love could hopefully go an astronomically long way to getting that horrifying statistic down.

Inspired by the death of Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen who faced such unbearable bullying and intolerance that she tragically took her own life, #InstaPride is a movement to combat that overwhelming sense of hopelessness, to shine a light on a misunderstood community and give them the power and voice to feel accepted and comfortable enough to express and be the people (that being the keyword) that they are, no matter their gender identity.

#happyhippiepresents #instapride @happyhippiefdn

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

With June serving as Pride Month, this is a perfect time for Cyrus to push her foundation and #InstaPride campaign into the public consciousness. As social media becomes a more engrained aspect in our everyday lives, the fact that a major celebrity is taking time to promote a campaign to spread a bit more love, acceptance and positivity across platforms typically dripping in hateful criticism is unbelievably essential, even to the cynic in me. Inundating the hearts and minds of the anonymous trolls who populate social media platforms with #InstaPride is a bold, brave and powerful move that could end up inspiring real change and tolerance, both online and off. If this is just Miley being Miley, then we should all be thanking her for using her spotlight to be a young activist at a time when so many social injustices remain, and not enough people with her position and status are willing to take a stand. #InstaPride is one instance where Cyrus can’t, and shouldn’t be tamed.

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