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A day after Miley Cyrus brought back her Backyard Sessions and officially announced her Happy Hippie Foundation, she has released another cover song — this time, taking on Dido’s “No Freedom.” The singer dedicated the song to Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen who took her own life in December, telling Tumblr to “Fix society. Please.”
Listened to this song a lot in December when Leelah passed away… These lyrics relate so perfectly to Happy Hippie &…
Posted by Miley Cyrus on Tuesday, 5 May 2015
The video directs people to Miley’s Happy Hippie Foundation, which aims to help homeless youth. Forty percent of those people identify as LGBT and nearly one in three transgender people have been turned away from homeless shelters, according to the Happy Hippie website.
Funds donated to Cyrus’ nonprofit organization will go toward “providing support services and basic needs items for thousands of homeless youth in Los Angeles… including transgender women living with HIV in Los Angeles and San Francisco,” their press release reads.
Cyrus’ latest videos revive the Backyard Sessions she recorded in 2012, before herBangerz-era reinvention. On Tuesday, she released a collaboration with Joan Jett, where they performed the rocker’s 2013 song “Different.” The song encourages people to embrace the things that make them unique. Similarly, Dido’s “No Freedom” follows that theme.
“Try to think of the world/ Where you could stay and these safe hands could go/ Take your heart above the water/ Wherever I choose to go,” Miley sings, hoping for a world where love overcomes hate and sets us free — something Leelah couldn’t find in her 17 years.
“I’m never going to transition successfully, even when I move out,” the teen wrote in her Tumblr suicide note. “I’m never going to be happy with the way I look or sound. I’m never going to have enough friends to satisfy me. I’m never going to have enough love to satisfy me. I’m never going to find a man who loves me. I’m never going to be happy.”
But Miley doesn’t want anyone to suffer like that anymore, dedicating the song to Leelah, and spreading the word.
“These lyrics relate so perfectly to Happy Hippie & our message to the world! FREEDOM & LOVE!” she wrote.
Future Backyard Sessions will include intimate performances with Melanie Safka, Ariana Grande and Laura Jane Grace.
You can donate to the Happy Hippie Foundation here.
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