Miley Cyrus may have gained a reputation for outlandish behaviour, but it’s become increasingly apparent that the star has a serious side. After receiving an honorary award from the American Foundation for Aids Research, Cyrus gave a seriously moving speech. Girl’s growing up!
Cyrus has quickly become one of the most prominent figures in the LGBT community. She has spoken openly about sexuality and gender issues, and has received much praise for founding the Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps homeless LGBT youths.
In light of all her recent charitable work, Miley was given an ‘inspiration’ award by the American Foundation for Aids Research (amFAR) at the amFar Inspiration Gala.
Upon accepting her award, Miley made an incredibly inspirational, moving speech, highlighting issues like young homelessness, LGBT discrimination, and HIV.
Cyrus mentioned that 40 per cent of 1.6 million young homeless people identify as LGBT, and this group are hugely affected by HIV; they feel their only way to find food or shelter is to sell their bodies, exchanging sex to survive.
Miley stated she didn’t feel she had done enough to receive the award, but said: “Tonight is not a finish line for us, but it’s a starting point. And I want to work every day to do something good for somebody else, so that I feel not only as if this honour has been wasted by my life and all of the influence that comes with it.”
Towards the end of her speech, Miley took the opportunity to thank her family, saying: “I hope that this makes them proud and somehow makes up for all the s**t that I do. People say that you don’t choose your family, but I choose my family every time, and I’d like to think that, even if you weren’t my mum and dad, I hope we’d still be in the same room together, looking for a cure. So thank you very much”
Overall, the speech was very humbling and emotive. We’re sure her parents are very proud of her.
We’ll tie things up with another brilliant Miley quote: “Nothing means s**t except f**king helping people. That’s the only thing that makes us feel that we’ve really accomplished anything at all.”
You go, girl!
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