Over the next two weeks, Miley Cyrus will share stories of transgender and gender expansive people from around the world on Instagram as part of #InstaPride, and extension of her Happy Hippie Foundation. LGBT ally Cyrus partnered with Instagram for the social justice campaign that launched Monday.
“Anyone should be able to express how they feel, without question, and be able to live,” Cyrus tells Time on the set of the #InstaPride photo shoot.
Cyrus’ subjects range from a Boston-area high school student to a creative writing student at the University of Michigan. Many of the people who got in front of the camera for #InstaPride brought along their families to the shoot, and shared their personal stories with the magazine.
“The whole family has totally embraced Brendan because he’s so happy now,” says Tracey, the mother of YouTube star Brendan Jordan. “You could tell, the couple years before he came out, he would get angry. He was just really angry. And I never knew why.”
Head to Time for more of the stories behind Cyrus’s #InstaPride campaign.