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Non-binary singer Sam Smith wants to be referred to as ‘they’ instead of ‘he’

PinkNews Staff Writer September 13, 2019

Sam Smith attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019. (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)

Sam Smith has reportedly asked for friends to refer to them using the pronouns ‘they/them’.

The ‘Dancing with a Stranger’ star allegedly made the request to their close circle after coming out as non-binary and genderqueer six months ago, according to a report in The Sun.

“This is a decision Sam has thought long and hard about, including doing a lot of reading on up it,” an anonymous source, said to be a friend of Smith’s, told The Sun.

“[They know] that it will take some people longer than others to fully get it.

“First the request is going out to mates and then it will be passed on to the music industry too.

“It’s an exciting and groundbreaking time for [them].”

Smith came out as non-binary and genderqueer six months ago.

Sam Smith attends the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2019 at the Grosvenor House on July 05, 2019 in London, England. ( Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old singer recently praised gender non-conforming writer and performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon for helping them figure out who they are.

“Alok has guided me so much through the last year of self discovery,” Smith posted on Instagram a couple of weeks ago.

“They are the most articulate, kind, intelligent, diligent and courageous human I’ve ever had the honour to meet.”

First the request is going out to mates and then it will be passed on to the music industry too.

A week ago, Smith took along non-binary writer and drag artist Tom Glitter, who penned the seminal book Diary of a Drag Queen, to the GQ Awards 2019.

Speaking about the event, Smith wrote on Instagram: “[I] brought along the absolutely iconic and sensational @tomglitter who has been a fucking beacon for me over the past year because of their book ‘Diary of a drag queen’!!

“You’re an angel amongst humans Tom. J’adore.”

I’m not male or female, says Sam Smith.

The Grammy Award-winner publicly came out as non-binary and genderqueer in an interview with Jameela Jamil’s Instagram Live show I Weigh Interviews.

“I’ve always had a little bit of a war going within my body and my mind,” Smith told The Good Place star.

“I do think like a woman sometimes, in my head. Sometimes I’ve questioned ‘Do I want a sex change?’ and it’s something I still think about, like: ‘Do I want to?’”

They added: “But I don’t think it is. When I saw the words ‘non-binary’ and ‘genderqueer’ and I read into it and I heard this people speaking, I was like, ‘F**k, that’s me.'”

Smith added: “Non-binary genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of different things, you are your own special creation. That’s how I take it.

“I’m not male or female, I think I flow somewhere in between. It’s all on the spectrum.”

More: genderqueer, non-binary, pronouns, Sam Smith

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