Speaking in an interview about his forthcoming third studio album, Shawn Mendes revealed to Entertainment Weekly the joy he felt the moment he realised how the use of correct pronouns impacted on his friend, recently transitioned songwriter, Teddy Geiger.
“I met Teddy the night I cut ‘Stitches’ and we’ve had a really special connection ever since then, and for her to feel so comfortable with me and the other songwriters the night she came out… I can’t express how happy that made me,” Shawn told Entertainment Weekly.
Geiger, known best for singing 2006 hit “For You, I Will,” publicly came out as transgender last year.
“The thing that’s amazing is that I remember the day I said ‘she,’ and it wasn’t because I said it consciously, it was because I said it without thinking, basically just in conversation. I didn’t realize I did it, but she looked at me and she had the most incredible look in her eyes,” Shawn said. “If every person in the world had one of their best friends look at them that way, and express that much joy in what it meant for her to be referred to as the pronoun she is, there would no longer be an argument [over trans rights]. People would just understand. It’s so powerful to have somebody you’re so close to go through something like that. It’s just f*cking beautiful, man. I really wish you could have seen it.”
Speaking with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, when asked how straight men could best support the LGBTQ community ahead of pride month, Mendes replied:
“Just open your eyes and open your mind.”