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Sam Smith to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras

Sam Smith to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras

Singer Sam Smith is set to jet Down Under for a special performance at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Sam Smith to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras

Posting a video to social media, the pop sensation announced the news, saying the performance will be “one of the highlights of my career”.

“Australia has meant so much to me as a queer person,” said Smith.

“I cannot wait to be with you all after such a challenging time, and hopefully we can spread that love and celebrate and sing and dance.”

The Grammy Award-winning artist joins previously announced acts Dua Lipa and Kesha as headliners for Mardi Gras – a 17-day-long arts festival which launches on Valentine’s Day.

Sydney Mardi Gras’ parade and party, where Smith will perform, will be held on 29 February.

Smith came out as gay at age 10, and in September last year came out as non-binary.

The 27-year-old now uses the gender pronouns “they” and “them” so as to “embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.”

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Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ 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 fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you. P.s. 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. 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 everyday. These are activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding. @tomglitter @munroebergdorf @transnormativity @alokvmenon @katemoross @glamrou @travisalabanza @twyrent @chellaman @jvn @lavernecox @stonewalluk @glaad @humanrightscampaign @mermaidsgender Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x

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You can purchase tickets to the Mardi Gras party at Hordern Pavilion here.

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