What Are Sam Smith’s Preferred Pronouns? What It Means to Be Non-Binary

Recently, this artist shared on Instagram that they identify as non-binary. What are Sam Smith’s preferred pronouns? Does being non-binary make Sam Smith transgender? Here’s what this musician had to say about their gender identity.

Recording artist Sam Smith attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.
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Sam Smith recently shared an announcement with their Instagram followers

It’s no surprise to fans that Sam Smith is a member of the LGBTQ community. Smith previously dated 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn and shared peaks into his sexual identity with fans. Now, Sam Smith had a large piece of information to share with their Instagram followers ⁠— they identify as non-binary.

“Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to they/them,” Smith wrote on Instagram. “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender, I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f*** it! I understand there will be many mistakes and misgendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.”

What does it mean when someone identifies as non-binary?

Of course, someone’s gender identity is personal, and everyone chooses to express their gender differently. That applies to individuals who identify as non-binary. According to the Human Rights Campaign’s glossary of terms, non-binary people, “may identify as being both a man and a woman, somewhere in between, or as falling completely outside these categories. While many also identify as transgender, not all non-binary people do.”

A few other celebrities recently elaborated on their gender identity and gender expression. That includes Queer Eye’s grooming expert, Jonathan Van Ness, who identifies as gender non-binary. In their Instagram post, Sam Smith explained their decision to come out.

“I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non-binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So, for now, I just want to be visible and open,” Smith wrote. “If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight every day. These are activists and leaders of the non-binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding.”

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Does that mean Sam Smith is transgender?

According to the Human Rights Campaign, the word “transgender” is “an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth.”

That may include Sam Smith, who previously identified as a man and now identifies neither exclusively as a man or as a woman. As stated in their post, Smith’s preferred pronouns are now they/them. Just because someone identifies as non-binary does not automatically mean that the person identifies as transgender. However, this artist shared a picture of themself, along with the transgender pride flag.

Some fans commended Sam Smith on their openness and candidness. However, there is no word regarding when Smith will release new music. Sam Smith’s music, including their album The Trill of It All, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major music platforms.