Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Gender Identity

“NOTHING can/will define me! Free to be EVERYTHING!!!”

Earlier this week, Cyrus launched The Happy Hippie foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and LGBT youth. She celebrated with a series of stripped-down performance videos featuring Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett, and a round of promotional interviews in which she opened up in new ways about her own sexuality and gender politics.

Speaking with the Associated Press, Cyrus said that not all her past relationships were "straight, heterosexual." In a conversation with Out magazine, she described a discomfort with traditional, binary gender expectations. "I didn't want to be a boy," she says. "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."

Really, she just wants to be Miley. Though Cyrus has yet to explicitly label herself as such, The Daily Dot asked if Cyrus' lack of gender identity might make her a role model for those who identify as genderqueer—who identifying with both binary genders or neither of them, or feel they fall somewhere in between. "When I called @MileyCyrus #genderqueer in my @dailydot article, I meant it as a verb. She is actively queering gender," the writer of that piece wrote on Twitter.

Cyrus later posted a screenshot of the Daily Dot article on Instagram, with this caption: "NOTHING can/will define me! Free to be EVERYTHING!!!"

NOTHING can/will define me! Free to be EVERYTHING!!!

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Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Gender Identity