Sam Smith has been influencing the music industry since the release of “Stay With Me.” But the singer’s influence transcends music. Last week, Smith publicly announced that they would now be going by gender neutral pronouns. Though nervous, Smith, who’s been public about their non-binary identity, knew it was the right choice.
In the heartwarming tweet from the singer, they wrote, “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…”
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… pic.twitter.com/IVoLTYbAWd
— Sam Smith (@samsmith) September 13, 2019
Smith continued to explain their decision in a detailed Twitter thread. They spoke about how excited they are to be able to announce this to the world, despite having struggled with what people would think. Now, they say “f**k it!”
Although the British star feels they are at “no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary,” they want to be “VISIBLE and open” for people to see. Being able to come out in such a public way is a big step for any artist, and being a visible figure for those who look up to them is an enormous step for representation in the LGBTQA+ community.
Smith has been open about their sexuality and struggles with gender identity since 2014 when they publicly came out as gay. They continued to discuss gender identity in 2018 when they came out as non-binary in an interview show with Jameela Jamil.
Fans and celebs alike have been showing support and love for Smith following their announcement, outnumbering the noise of those who are reacting negatively in the comments.
Hair guru Jonathan van Ness reacted with a simple “Love Love Love.”
While Demi Lovato expressed her support by saying, “So proud!”
And Lauren Jauregui gushed “SEEN AND HEARD!! WE LOVE YOU!”
For Smith, it seems like this is the first step in becoming even more confident in who they are, and we can’t wait to see what else they do for the non-binary/trans community.
Featured Image: Instagram (@samsmith)