Sam Smith publicly identifies as nonbinary and genderqueer in Instagram interview
When Brit superstar vocalist Sam Smith burst onto the electronic music scene on Disclosure‘s “Latch,” he was a no-name out of London with no credits on his resume. Now, the multi-Grammy winning artist is a commercial pop start whose worked alongside Calvin Harris on the LGBT-friendly single, “Promises,” which celebrates NYC ball culture.
Sitting at the crosshairs between “EDM” and pop music, Smith has created quite a large global platform for himself, especially upon coming out as gay in 2014. Now, in a new interview with The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil, Smith has publically identified himself as nonbinary and genderqueer. Recently, Smith was a special guest on Jamil’s new Instagram interview series, I Weigh, where he proudly proclaimed he doesn’t identify with any one single gender.
“You are a mixture of all different things, you are your own special creation,” Smith elaborates. “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.”
Smith explains how he began to identify with the experiences of other genderqueer individuals who have openly navigated their struggles to identify on the binary scale between male and female. When he began reading into what it meant to be nonbinary, genderqueer, he had the realization, “F***, that is me.” Now, he’s using his mega-platform to raise awareness for gender fluidity, giving publicity to the community like they’ve never quite seen before.
Of course, there are those in the critical LGBT community who might find it problematic that the most visible voice for their community is a white person who can pass for cis-gender. Whatever the case, watch the full interview below.
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