Miley Cyrus Speaks Movingly On Behalf of LGBT Charity

Licking pianos and raising awareness

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While her name may have become synonymous with public outcry, twerking and outrageous outfits, Miley Cyrus has found a platform recently as a spokesperson for LGBT rights and awareness. 

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But although she's doing plenty of good, Miley hasn't forgotten her eccentric roots. She took to the stage at Saturday’s Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards gala to accept an award for her charity work with her Happy Hippy Foundation, while also licking a piano, as you do, which ended up being auctioned for $50,000

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'I want all of you to know that I feel beyond grateful to be in a room full of so many…people who care so much about others because unfortunately that is way too rare in the world that we live in today,' Cyrus said when she accepted the award. 'I'm thinking of tonight not as celebrating what we've already done but what we're doing and what we're going to do in the future.'

She then went on to praise the work her foundation is doing for homeless young people, many of whom are part of the LGBT community.

'There are more than 1.6 million runaway or homeless young people in the U.S. each year with 40 percent of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ,' she said. 'And in just Hollywood where we are all sitting, royally with all of our food in front of us and all of these fancy ass clothes…something didn't' really feel quite right about it when we're in a city where there are more than 6,100 homeless people under the age of 24 on the streets on any given day and more than one in four of these people have experienced hate crimes due to their race, sexual orientation or their gender identity.'

You can watch the full speech below.