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Sam Smith shares heartwarming poem about pronouns sent by their auntie

PinkNews reporter October 17, 2019

Sam Smith attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 (Dave Benett/Getty)

The non-binary singer Sam Smith has shared a touching poem sent to them by their auntie for International Pronouns Day.

Sam Smith came out as non-binary and genderqueer earlier this year and announced that their pronouns are they/them last month.

In doing so they faced a considerable amount of backlash from the likes of Piers Morgan, who claimed the artist was only identifying as non-binary to gain popularity.

Fortunately, it seems that Sam Smith has the support of those that matter, as their aunt sent them a poem that shows their family truly understand the importance of pronouns.

“Thought you would love this poem I found,” she wrote. The poem reads:

This person I know,
Wants to be called they,
It could bring people much closer,
To see them that way.
It’s a strange thing to think,
And harder to say,
But they are so happy
When the effort is made.
For all the theys and thems,
It is this that I pray,
We will be kind and accepting,
And just let them be they.

Sam Smith’s aunt ended the message with: “Love you so much and so proud of you.”

“I love you so much. So much. I needed that,” they replied.

The poem was written by the aunt of Theo Nicole Lorenz, a non-binary writer and artist who lives in Minnesota.

The words resonate with many non-binary people and are commonly shared within the LGBT+ community.

It was once retweeted by Chelsea Clinton, daughter of president Bill Clinton and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who called it “beautiful and wise”.

Consistently using the correct name and pronouns for trans people can reduce their rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts to almost the same levels as their cisgender counterparts.

International Pronouns Day is helping to normalise the conversation around personal pronouns so that sharing and respecting them becomes commonplace.

More: International Pronouns Day, non-binary, pronouns, Sam Smith

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