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Miley Cyrus has helped combat the stigma of dating gender non-conformers

Miley Cyrus has helped combat the stigma of dating gender non-conformers


In the LGBTI community, there is without a doubt a stigma against dating some shades of the gender spectrum, which includes transgender citizens and gender non-conformers.

In addition, as illustrated by the popularity of the ‘no fems, no fats’ t-shirt sold by online clothing brand Marek+Richard, a trend also exists in our community against dating feminine gay men

One big way to combat this stigma is by incorporating more fluid sex symbols in the media.

A stand out icon for me would be Miley Cyrus.

Miley is known for her title role as Hannah Montana in the hit Disney show, but she soon blossomed after embracing her own gender identity.

In an interview with Out Magazine, she said: ‘I kind of wanted to be nothing. 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 has since dedicated her spotlight to performances and projects that stressed the importance of LGBTI social advocacy.

For MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2015, the singer invited 30 drag queen and gender non-conforming backup dancers on stage to perform one of her songs.

Miley Cyrus and Laganja Estranja (behind). Photo courtesy of MTV
Miley Cyrus and Laganja Estranja (behind). Photo courtesy of MTV

One of the drag queens, Laganja Estranja, who is famed for her appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race applauds Miley’s proactive approach.

She stated: ‘As a queer artist, working with Miley inspired me to embrace my flaws and accept my true self… She is an artist who is not afraid to take a risk by employing those from disenfranchised communities and elevating others through her triumphs…

‘Adorned with her strap on dildo, Miley preached to audiences every night on her recent Dead Petz Tour about loving the skin you’re in and exploring your artistic voice; while some may claim this gesture was overtly sexual, to me it was much more about acceptance, celebration, and enacting change through her theatric.’

Undeniably, through inclusion in her stage performances, Miley has helped to integrate the LGBTI community into the mainstream music industry.

Kyle Jackson has created his own photo project

I believe that in the future, the visibility of the LGBTI community is essential.

To feature the entire spectrum of gender expression, I created the photo book My Color Palette.

The collection of studio portraits acknowledges that everyone has their own gender spectrum. The catalog features lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, transgender, drag, and gender non-conforming individuals who feel empowered by their gender freedom.

The gamut of personalities in the series transcends the binary confines of masculinity and femininity.

There’s no denying the beauty that exists when everyone is free to embrace their true colors. Let’s capture it.