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June 17, 2015 at 12:28 PM EDT

Miley Cyrus and Andy Cohen were honored at Tuesday night’s amFAR Inspiration Gala for their work fighting AIDS, and Cyrus, who has partnered with Instagram to share transgender and gender-based stories in an effort called #Instapride, brought an agender date, Tyler Ford.

In an effort to educate her fans and followers, Cyrus posted a photo of Ford, who was also a contestant on Oxygen’s The Glee Project, on Instagram, explaining their preferred pronouns. “My whole life, I was led to believe that there were only two genders,” Tyler wrote on Cyrus’ Instagram. “I thought I had to shrink myself to fit into a box that was never going to contain me. It took years for me to find words for my gender identity, and to feel comfortable expressing myself as I am.”

Transgender model Andreja Pejic attended the Gala and told the Associated Press, “I think she is using her celebrity in a positive way and to…create some nice change.”

Cyrus’ #InstaPride campaign will highlight “gender expansive” people around the country over the next two weeks and will serve as an extension of her recently-launched Happy Hippie Foundation.


Cyrus also met Laverne Cox at the event.


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