this song. It's such a sweet, upbeat song about love and joyful self-expression.
Joan Jett did a cover several years ago, with a great video, which you can watch here.
And more recently she joined up with Against Me! (founded and led by Laura Jane Grace), making an already great cover that much more awesome. Watch it here.
So, it seems only natural that when Miley Cyrus launched her Happy Hippie Foundation benefiting homeless LGBTQ youth, she'd pick these two amazing ladies to help her, and that they'd record a performance of this great song. So appropriate! So rockin'! This makes me so very happy!
They look like they're having such a great time!
Why is this so important? Joan Jett has long been an inspiration to young women who don't fit into the girly-girl mode. That she's joined up with singer and trans activist Laura Jane Grace is wonderful in itself, bringing more attention to the issues around gender and gender identity. That Miley Cyrus is using her platform to assist homeless youth, and especially the most vulnerable, is truly commendable.
Just a few statistics from the Happy Hippie Foundation:
- 1.6 million youth are homeless each year
- 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and family rejection is the most common reason LGBT youth experience homelessness
- 25% of homeless youth were previously physically or sexually abused
- Nearly one in three transgender people have been turned away from shelters
So brava ladies! Brava!