Grammy Award victor Sam Smith, who earlier this year came out as nonbinary, is now asking that people use the pronouns they/them when referring to the singer.
"Our "enby" kids and young people often feel completely unacknowledged so having an global star representing their gender identity like this is massively empowering".
The star said they know the transition in pronouns may not come naturally for some, but, they've asked us all to try.
"Surely, if a newspaper chooses to gain "clicks" by stating someone's non-binary pronouns in a headline, it would then want to afford that person some respect by using their correct pronouns in the body of the piece".
Smith provided several resources for people interested in educating themselves on the non-binary and transgender communities, including GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, Stonewall UK, "Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness and actress Laverne Cox, among others. Smith announced Friday their preferred gender pronounces to be "they/them".
At last week's GQ Men of the Year Awards, Smith walked the red carpet wearing high heels, posting: "I'd never ever ever be able to be myself like this in front of the industry or anyone".
Sam replied by writing: "You're one of the first people to use these pronouns with me".
'And I feel very misunderstood by myself. "Thank you. That feels really lovely".
Smith has been on a bit of journey this year, having announced they are gender nonbinary earlier this year. "I think I float somewhere in between", Smith told Jameela Jamil on the Instagram show, I Weigh Interviews in March 2017. Sometimes I've questioned 'Do I want a sex change?' and it's something I still think about, like: "'Do I want to?'" "Be kind x", they added.
"When I saw the word non-binary/genderqueer and I read into it and I heard these people speaking, I was like, 'f-, that is me, '" he said at the time.
"Non-binary genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender".
Gender is a social construct, and singer Sam Smith is no longer abiding by what society says they are supposed to be.
"That's how I take it - I am not male or female". Smith described being non-binary as "your own special creation". "It's all on the spectrum".