Award-winning singer and songwriter Sam Smith recently announced a change in personal gender pronouns, requesting to be identified by the non-binary “they/them.”
The 27-year-old made and explained the announcement with a series of six tweets.
Smith expressed excitement with the pronoun change’s reception, in addition to noting that the switch took longer than expected because Smith cares “too much about what people think.” The third tweet relayed Smith’s understanding “that there will be many mistakes and mis gendering” [sic], while the fourth tweet indicated that Smith is “at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary” [sic].
The fifth tweet thanked a number of “activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community” [sic] for providing Sam Smith “with so much clarity and understanding.”
The sixth and final tweet relating to the announcement read, “Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x.”
Smith’s Twitter biography was updated to, “They/Them.”
At the time of writing, Smith’s initial announcement tweet had been retweeted nearly 50,000 times and had been liked more than 300,000 times.
Smith’s debut album, In the Lonely Hour, was released in 2014 and went on to achieve major commercial success. Smith won multiple Grammys in 2015 and dropped a second studio album, The Thrill of It All, in 2017. In January of this year, Sam Smith released “Dancing with a Stranger,” a single from an untitled upcoming album. A second single, “How Do You Sleep?”, followed in July.
Smith came out as gay in 2014 and as genderqueer in 2017. Having participated in many interviews and discussions pertaining to gender and sexuality, Smith is seen by some as a figurehead of the non-binary community.
Besides discussing matters of sexuality and making popular music, Smith has been featured in the news for refusing to license certain works to Spotify.