Under all of the crazy mermaid costumes and finger-licking glitter music videos, Miley Cyrus is actually one of the biggest advocates (most notably in the LGBT community) in the pop industry.
The singer attended the 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards hosted by LA’s LGBT Center on Saturday (November 7), where she was honored with an award for her work with the Happy Hippie Foundation.
“The first day that I got to visit you all is a day that I never will forget. And that’s because given the opportunity to sit in one of the support groups I walked away with a feeling of self-love that I have never been able to even give myself before. Because, you know my life until that point, I was subconsciously convinced that I had to label myself,” the 22-year-old stated in her acceptance speech. “Because everything in our life has to have a name. Everything in our life is something but I’m not a thing. We’re not a thing. We’re humans with feelings that change just like this weather — which we’ve gotta do something about, and I’m not alone.”
Along with accepting her award and looking pretty in pink in a flowing outfit fit for a sea goddess, Miley also participated in a charity auction held by friend and everyone’s favorite songwriter — Linda Perry. She was auctioning off a white piano that was signed by many famous musicians over the years (Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, etc.) and had Miley cap it off by giving the piano a big wet lick! It seemed to work, as it was sold for $50,000!