Sorry if reading that headline broke your brain but apparently if you keep referring to a singular person as ‘they/them’ you get used to it eventually so I’m going to try my best with this article.
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As reported by MailOnline, non-binary pop star Sam Smith has asked fans to think of a new female alias for him after they shared this new look on Instagram:
One joker suggested Sonia Jackson (lol), while others who were taking it more seriously suggested Samantha Star, Shannon, Raven, Patricia and Kharisma Kardashian. Cringe.
If you didn’t know, Sam initially identified as a gay man before switching to genderqueer and then finally as non-binary in March 2019 – which they have stuck to since then.
Here’s how he looks at it:
You do not identify in a gender.
You are just you. You are your own special creation. That is how I take it. I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between – somewhat on the spectrum.
I’ve always had a bit of a war in my body and my mind…I do think like a woman in my head at time.
I’ve sometimes sat there and questioned, ‘Do I want a sex change?’ It’s something I still think about, but I don’t think it is.
I’ve tried to change that into my thoughts on gender…when I move, when I have sex with men, it’s very feminine. I’m feminine in many ways – and I’ve resented that.
Well there’s nothing wrong with having a drag persona if that’s what he wants but a lot of this ‘gender identity’ stuff does seem a bit performative to me. But then I guess they are a performer so that stands to reason.
Also isn’t the name ‘Sam’ already gender-neutral? Although as Sam Smith is non-binary how about doing away with regular male/female names and go with something like ‘Blackbird’ or ‘Pebble’ instead? Oh wait I’ve got it – The Artist Formerly Known As Sam Smith! Boom – make it happen.
Whatever the case, seems some organisations are totally on board – The Brit Awards plan to get rid of Best Male and Best Female categories starting from next year.