Vocalist Adam Lambert performs with the British rock band Queen in concert at the Xfinity Center on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Mansfield, Mass. Picture: AP
Singer-actor Adam Lambert is saluting singer Sam Smith for coming out as non-binary and using "they" or "them" as prefered pronouns.

The former "American Idol" star empathises with them and understands the intense media scrutiny they are under, reports aceshowbiz.com.

"The media loves something that feels new, and 10 years ago - in America anyway - there wasn't a lot of mainstream music people identifying as gay, so it was a novelty, and I feel there might be some parallels there," Lambert told NME.

He added: "On a personal level, I'm really happy for Sam that they've found their truth and they're feeling liberated by it."

Despite the hurdles they have to faced, Lambert believes the singer's openness will help others processing their own gender identity.

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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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"At some point, you have to break through the ceiling and discuss trans or non-binary issues and I'm so proud of Sam. They're really doing a bold thing," he said.

Smith also addressed those who have been critical of their decision not to be referred to using binary gender pronouns. 

"If you stop for a minute and make it not about you and put yourself in the shoes of the person that's being talked about and try to understand their experience... you'll realise what's being asked is just that you be a decent human being," he said.

Lambert added: "People get defensive, saying, 'How dare you ask me to change the way I think!', and just a little empathy would help."