Miley Cyrus Raises Money for AIDS/HIV Research

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Miley Cyrus auctioned off four pieces of original artwork at the June 16 amfAR’s Inspiration Gala.  The artwork included a series of mixed-media pieces inspired by Caitlyn Jenner‘s recent Vanity Fair cover, and they were all created by the Bangerz siren.  When the auction slowed down around $65,000, Cyrus amped up the energy by promising to flash the winner and offering to clean their house in the nude.  The added incentives brought the sale up to a staggering $69,000 with all proceeds from the auction benefiting HIV/AIDS research.

During the gala Miley Cyrus was also awarded one of the event’s Inspiration Awards for her dedication to the LGBTQ community.  The “We Can’t Stop” songstress accepted the award after giving an emotional speech during which she reasserted her commitment to fighting to end HIV and AIDS.  During her speech Cyrus also revealed that she Googled “inspiration” to find an appropriate definition for such an important word.

Cyrus was welcomed to the stage by her date and Happy Hippie co-worker Tyler Ford.  Ford, a young poet who identifies as agender, paid a high tribute to Miley Cyrus, referring to her as “one of those people who, whenever she speaks, I want to take her hand and say ‘Me, too.'”  He went on to explain that “it’s not that I agree with everything she says, it’s that I can feel where she’s coming from.”  Cyrus has since posted several photos to social media from the events Red Carpet, where she posed with Ford, Andy Cohen, and Laverne Cox amongst others.

Miley Cyrus, who is featured in this month’s Paper Magazine, has become an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community.  Earlier this year Cyrus founded the Happy Hippie Foundation, a group dedicated to helping homeless LGBTQ youths.  The musician promoted the program through a series of Backyard Performances with fellow musicians such as Janis Joplin and Ariana Grande.

During a recent interview Cyrus revealed that she is “open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.  Everything that’s legal, I’m down with, yo” she explained.  The musician also revealed that she personally is open to a variety of different relationships, opening debates that she may identify as gender queer.

Most recently Cyrus has partnered up with Instagram to create the #InstaPride campaign.  The campaign’s main intent is to “share stories of transgender and gender expansive people from across the country.”  Through it all, Cyrus is currently hard at work in the recording studio, preparing for her next album.  It is clear that she is truly able to balance her social activism with her hard work in the musical realm.

FDRMX Eyes: UK based country group Jess and The Bandits bring the house down with their cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “Love Sneaking Up On You.”

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Mike Nied is a pop culture fiend and writer with a passion for dancing, laughing, and listening to Britney Spears on repeat.