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Miley Isn't Into Your Stodgy Gender And Sexuality Labels

Miley Cyrus performs in her backyard (Photo via Facebook)
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Pop star Miley Cyrus didn't necessarily come out as bisexual, genderqueer or otherwise officially, but she did reveal herself as someone who won't be boxed in by labels. These statements come alongside the singer's launch of a new foundation that will help homeless and LGBT youth. Miley Cyrus' new project is called The Happy Hippie Foundation and its mission is to support LGBT and homeless youth, as well as other vulnerable communities. The group calls for young people to stand up against injustice they encounter in their own lives.

When it comes to her own gender and sexuality, Cyrus is all about rejecting labels. Cyrus, who recently ended a relationship with Patrick Schwarzenegger, told the Associated Press that not all of her previous relationships have been "straight, heterosexual" ones, though she did not clarify.

She also told Out magazine that she "kind of wanted to be nothing" when it comes to gender. "I don't relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that's what I had to understand: Being a girl isn't what I hate it's the box that I get put into."

She later posted the quote from The Daily Dot on her Instagram page, saying that nothing could define her.

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Cyrus also expressed support for Bruce Jenner and sorrow over the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager who took her own life after her parents refuse to support her gender identity.

So far, The Happy Hippie has already provided a grant to a My Friend's Place, a drop-in shelter for homeless youth located in Hollywood. Their gift has provided meals, snacks, fresh socks and clean underwear for two years, as well as set up and supplied arts classes. The foundation also provided My Friend's Place with pet supplies, as many homeless youth find friendship in pets. Cyrus previously helped raise money for the same organization when she took one of their clients, Jesse Helt, as her date to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2014. By bringing attention to the organization, Cyrus was able to raise over $200,000 in a day. The Happy Hippie is also setting up online support groups for LGBT youth and others who desire community.

Cyrus celebrated the Happy Hippie's launch with a few musical performances in her own backyard, will be posted to the group's Facebook page. The video will prompt fans to donate to The Happy Hippie.

Here's Cyrus rocking out with Joan Jett, who has also refused to define her sexuality.

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