Sam Smith: "There's A Lot Of Bullying, Body Dysmorphia & Homophobia In The Gay Community"
A new interview with the Sun reveals the issues within the gay community that Grammy-slayer Sam Smith hopes to help change.
“A bunch of boys from a rival school would shout insults at me as I walked from my home to the train station,” he told the Sun. “I remember walking to the station getting ‘f—-t’ shouted at me all the time. It was the most mortifying thing. Not so much for me. I knew these people were stupid, uneducated twats.”
“When I moved to London I got punched in the neck walking back from work. It was definitely homophobic,” he said. “I was on the phone speaking quite loudly and had pink headphones on, so it was pretty clear I was gay.”
Unfortunately, the bullying didn't end when Sam found the gay community.
“When I was 17 I decided to go gay clubbing in Soho in London. I remember walking in and this gay guy turned to his mate and said something really nasty about me,” Sam said. “My whole world just crashed and I had a really lonely feeling. 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. There’s also a lot of body dysmorphia in the gay community, which means if you’re not toned and skinny it can be awful.”
Do Sam's comments resonate with any of you?