Sam Smith: We’re all learning together when it comes to pronouns

Sam Smith said we’re “learning together” when it comes to people’s use of preferred pronouns.

The 30-year-old pop singer, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronoun they/them, says they sometimes even mistake people’s pronouns.

They added that people should be praised, not criticized, to correct their “mistakes” in public.

We need to accept the discomfort of being wrong sometimes, because that’s okaySam Smith

Speaking to Zane Lowe in the studio on Apple Music 1, Smith said: “I just wanted to create a safe space for everyone. But we are also studying together.

“The interesting thing is because mistakes happen. Even me, I make quite a few mistakes, and it’s an uncomfortable feeling to make mistakes.

“Because I’m working now, doing this a lot about people changing their languages, editing yourself is great, but I think it’s really good when people see you messing up… and then correct yourself.

“Because that’s what we have to get used to, because of changes in the language, they take time to change.

“Sometimes we need to accept the discomfort of being wrong, because that’s okay. We are all in it together. “

Smith – whose songs include Stay With Me, Too Good At Goodbyes and Unholy – referenced the words of transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox, who rose to fame as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

They said: “Famously, the incredible Laverne Cox has said that for a lot of people this is a culture war.

“But it is not a culture war. This is human life and death, and I think we all just need to remember that.

“But my job is just to spread the love for it. If I live a life where I just get annoyed every time someone uses the wrong pronoun, I’ll be very sad, and I’m done with being sad. “

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