With Oxygen gearing up to premiere Strut (Sept. 20 at 9/8c), a show about the first all-trans modeling agency, we are producing a series of articles to bring you the latest on trans news, trends and information. Here's 6 celebs who have stood by the trans community: from Miley Cyrus to Sharon Stone and beyond. Watch the Strut trailer and check out the list below.
1. Miley Cyrus
It's too easy to dismiss Miley Cyrus as a silly-dressed pop star; but perhaps more than any other young celeb, Hannah Montanna has put her money where her tongue-waving mouth is. In 2014, Miley created her own charity, the Happy Hippie Foundation, to help the LGBT homelessness crisis. She's a pretty damn good fundraiser too.
Last year she auctioned off her artwork and raised over $60,000 for amfAR in one night, coaxing bidders to keep spending by offering to clean their house naked.
2. Cyndi Lauper
But Miley wasn't the first celebrity to work on LGBT homelessness. 80's pop singer and punk icon Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund works towards educating people about LGBT issues and providing relief for LGBT homelessness. "Together, we can directly impact the lives of LGBT youth, the service providers with whom they work, and the communities in which they live," reads the mission statement of her organization. Lauper has performed numerous concerts to raise money for her charity, including this truly heartwarming show with queer icon Big Freedia:
3. Bruce Springsteen
The Boss made headlines earlier this year after refusing to perform in North Carolina to protest the passing of a bill which made it legal to discriminate against LBGT people and forbid trans people from using the bathrooms of their choosing. "Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them," he said at the time. "It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."
4. Kanye West
It's obvious that the whole Kardashian Krew have come to be strong allies of the LGBT community after Caitlyn Jenner's transition, but one revelation from Caitlyn proved that Kanye was way ahead of the curve on this front. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, the former Olympian had this to say on her family's acceptance:
“Kim told me a story. She goes, ‘You know what really turned me around on thinking about this?’ I said, ‘What?’ She goes, ‘Kanye.’ I went, ‘Oh, okay.' He says to Kim, ‘Look, I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I can have the most beautiful little daughter in the world, and I have that. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.’”
5. Tyra Banks
Tyra may have a reputation for being self-obsessed but her interest in aiding the trans community shows a bit of her selflessness. Willing to feature transgender contestants like Isis King on America's Next Top Model (soon to be seen on Strut) long before diversity became a hot talking point on the internet, Tyra is also creating a docuseries on the lives of trans people to help educate the public on the specific set of issues pertaining to trans identity and politics.
6. Sharon Stone
This 90's sex symbol's philanthropy is just as notable as her eternal allure. She's raised money for Habitat For Humanity, Angels' Place, and Lupus LA. But in terms of LGBT activism: Sharon has been a huge supporter of amfAR and has joined the ranks of stars boycotting states who are working towards rolling back gay and trans rights: "I will not work in any state that holds or is actively creating laws to legally support discrimination against American citizens whether due to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, nor where those laws are passed or approved by the government of said state," Stone said in a statement.
Here's a video of Sharon and Kate Moss seductively raising money for amfAR:
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