It may come as a surprise to some, but Miley Cyrus has been up to a bit more recently than just the standard tongue-pokery and twerking about in her kickers. The Bangerz singer has launched a foundation for homeless LGBT youth called the “Happy Hippie Foundation”, and to help raise awareness, she’s teamed up with Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace to perform a cover of the Florida punk act’s True Trans Soul Rebel.
The latest video in a string of ‘Backyard Sessions’ filmed on Cyrus’s back lawn features the two singers, together with Against Me! drummer Atom Willard, performing a rollicking, stripped-back, steel string acoustic guitar-fuelled rendition of the Transgender Dysphoria Blues anthem.
Cyrus first kicked off the whole ‘Backyard Sessions’ thing in 2012, recording herself performing a number of pop covers, but now she’s resurrected the segment for a worthy cause.
Her Happy Hippie Foundation is a non-profit organisation which aims to fight the injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable minorities.
“Homeless youth and young people experiencing the negative effects of being LGBT in our world today is an issue that is very common and extremely current,” Cyrus writes in an open letter published on the charity’s official website. “No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender, status or orientation.”
Previous Happy Hippie Foundation Backyard Sessions feature Cyrus performing with both Grace and Joan Jett (below), with future instalments set to include guest spots by Ariana Grande and Melanie Safka, according to Rolling Stone.
Watch: Happy Hippie Presents True Trans Soul Rebel (Performed By Miley Cyrus & Laura Jane Grace)
Watch: Happy Hippie Presents Androgynous feat. Joan Jett & Laura Jane Grace
Happy Hippie Presents: “Androgynous” feat. Joan Jett & Laura Jane GraceMore #backyardsessions videos coming today!! Huge thank you to Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and #JoanJett of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for lending their voices and helping me launch The Happy Hippie Foundation. Find out more at happyhippies.org #HappyHippiePresents #HappyHippie#Androgynous – written by Paul Westerberg
Posted by Miley Cyrus on Friday, May 8, 2015