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Sam Smith announces their preferred gender pronouns are they/them

'I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.'

 

Alex Dalbey

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Published Sep 13, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 4:00 am CDT

English singer and songwriter Sam Smith announced on Twitter on Friday that they are changing their pronouns to they/them, and their fans are so proud.

Like many people in their 20s, Smith has been going through a process of self-discovery. In 2014, they came out as gay, saying their debut album was inspired by unrequited love they had for a man. In 2017, they said in an interview, “I don’t know what the title would be but I feel just as much a woman as I am man.”

While they didn’t have the language at the time to put a label to their feelings, in March, Smith elaborated on their gender identity in an interview with Jameela Jamil. “When I saw the word nonbinary, genderqueer, and I read into it, and I heard these people speaking, I was like, ‘Fuck, that is me,’” Smith said. “Nonbinary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation.” At that time, Smith told Jamil that many nonbinary people use they/them pronouns, but for the time being, Smith would be sticking with he/him.

On Friday, Smith tweeted an announcement about their preferred pronouns. “Today is a good day so here goes I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM,” Smith said. “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out…”

“I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try,” they continued. “I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.”

The replies to Smith’s tweets were filled with fans, nonbinary and otherwise, expressing pride and thanking them for their courage.

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Smith says they’re not quite ready to speak at length about what it means to be nonbinary, but they can’t wait for that day to come.

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*First Published: Sep 13, 2019, 1:08 pm CDT