"I went to the LGBTQ center here in L.A., and I started hearing these stories," says Cyrus, who has since become a leading activist in the LGBT movement through her Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources to LGBT youth, homeless citizens and other vulnerable communities.
And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life.
I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met.
I was like, 'Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay.
She was like, 'I’m so sorry about the way I was when you were that age and coming out.' She never understood me until she saw that girl who couldn’t be herself.