Miley Cyrus has discussed her passion for LGBT rights in a recent interview. She has founded the Happy Hippie Foundation to provide support for young LGBT people. The Foundation, which will provide digital support services for LGBT youths and their families, aims to 'rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.' There is a link between homelessness and LGBT rights as, in the US, around 40% of the 1.6 million young people living on the street identify as LGBT.

Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus has founded the Happy Hippy Foundation to provide support for homeless LGBT youths.

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Cyrus made headlines in 2014 when she took a homeless man to the MTV Video Music Awards and asked him to accept the award for Video of the Year on her behalf. Now her Foundation will attempt to prevent homelessness amongst young LGBT people, by providing resources and links to useful websites for LGBT youths. 

The Foundation will also fund My Friend's Place. My Friend's Place, the L.A. shelter where she met for VMA date, provides shelter and support for over half of the city's homeless young people. 

The 22-year-old singer recognises she wields significant influence owing to her pop star status. Cyrus wants to use her influence to raise awareness for her Foundation and for wider issues of social injustice.

"When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that's what I had to ask myself a lot," Cyrus told the Associated Press. "It's like, I know you're going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you."

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