Grammy and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Sam Smith has declared himself to be “non binary” and announced that people referring to him should now use the pronouns “they” and “them.”
“After a lifetime of being at war with my gender, I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am,” the English entertainer said in an Instagram post on Friday.
Smith says he’s “surrounded by people who support me in my decision,” and asks that everyone “see me like I see myself now.”
The singer says he understands he will be the victim of “many mistakes and mis gendering” as the world adjusts to his new status. He also says he’s not yet at the point where he can “speak eloquently about what it means to be non binary” – but, he “can’t wait” until he is.
Smith’s Instagram announcement is presented below:
My pronouns are THEY / THEM
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.