Actress/singer Miley Cyrus was honored for her work with the LGBT community on Saturday night (November 7), as she picked up an award during the Los Angeles LGBT Center 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards.
The Wrecking Ball singer was all-smiles as she arrived at the event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, dressed in a vibrant pink floral-themed outfit. While posing for pictures on the red carpet, Miley was also joined by actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, along with the CEO of the LA LGBT centre, Lorri L. Jean.
During her acceptance speech, Miley said:
“The first day that I got to visit you all is a day that I never will forget,” she said. “And that’s because given the opportunity to sit in one of the support groups I walked away with a feeling of self-love that I have never been able to even give myself before. Because, you know my life until that point, I was subconsciously convinced that I had to label myself. Because everything in our life has to have a name. Everything in our life is something but I’m not a thing. We’re not a thing. We’re humans with feelings that change just like this weather — which we’ve gotta do something about, and I’m not alone.”
“I was so moved when I first heard someone sitting beside me say, ‘Some days I wake up and I’m the masculine version of myself and some days I wake up and I’m the feminine version of myself, and that’s totally okay. And the LGBT Center had the key to the lock on my cage and they set me free.”
Miley was also joined at the event by The Happy Hippie Foundation, her non-profit organization that helps support the LGBT youth.