Sam Smith, the British singer, asked everyone to refer him with gender-neutral pronouns such as they/them. He said this after citing, “a lifetime of being at war with my gender.” Smith took to Instagram to announce this. The Grammy-winning musician titled the post with the caption, “My pronouns are they/them.”
Smith further added in the caption that, “’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out”. Expressing his excitement and nervousness, he said that he’s privileged to be surrounded by people that support him in the decision.
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Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you. P.s. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open. If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight everyday. These are activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding. @tomglitter @munroebergdorf @transnormativity @alokvmenon @katemoross @glamrou @travisalabanza @twyrent @chellaman @jvn @lavernecox @stonewalluk @glaad @humanrightscampaign @mermaidsgender Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x
This announcement comes six months after the singer revealed of being neither a male or a female and floating somewhere in between. He said it was too early to explain “what it means to be non-binary.”
Smith had come out with being non-binary earlier this year in March. He had still agreed upon calling with male pronouns. Smith also admitted that they cannot still speak very clearly on the topic of non-binary at a significant length. He paid tribute to all the activists of the trans community and non-binary community as those leaders helped him give clarity on the topic.
Sam Smith named some leaders such as Jonathan Van Ness, Laverne Cox, Munroe Bergdorf, Laverne Cox Stonewall, and GLAAD and thanked these leaders. Smith mentioned that he loves them all. Although feeling scared, the singer admitted that he now feels super free. Smith concluded his message by advising fans to be kind.
However, Sam Smith isn’t the first celebrity to recognize themselves as a non-binary. Indya Moore and Nico Tortorella have also urged to call them as they/them.
While talking to The Sunday Times, Smith had said that they had been struggling with which pronouns to be used since 2017. Sam said that according to them, gender is a fluid concept.