Sam Smith may be one of the best selling and most respected artists on the pop charts today, but there was a time where the Grammy winner faced a great deal of adversity.
And it was all because of his sexuality.
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Recently, the Stay With Me singer spoke at the Metro Centre in London — which provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who have little or no family support — where he opened up about several traumatic experiences from his childhood.
Growing up gay was definitely not easy. The 22-year-old recalls a time where he was repeatedly taunted with homophobic insults:
"A bunch of boys from a rival school would shout insults at me as I walked from my home to the train station. I remember walking to the station getting 'f—–' shouted at me all the time."'
When he got older, Smith still experienced hardship. There was even an incident where the crooner was physically attacked:
"When I moved to London I got punched in the neck walking back from work. It was definitely homophobic. I was on the phone speaking quite loudly and had pink headphones on so it was pretty clear I was gay."
Even in the LGBT community, the musician felt like an outcast. He remembers going to a gay club where a fellow patron made a derogatory comment at him:
"I knew then it was going to take a lot longer to be accepted. There's a lot of homophobia and bullying in the gay community."
We greatly applaud Sam for his honesty and for sharing such personal stories. We hope that through discussion, the world can be more tolerant of everyone, regardless of their sexuality.
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