Singer songwriter Sam Smith, an openly gay singer, won an Oscar on Monday. The 23-year-old openly gay man won for his song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ from the James Bond movie Spectre.

He dedicated his award to the LGBT community across the world and said he hoped for a day when they could stand hand in hand with dignity.

Smith is an English singer-songwriter who has won four Grammy awards. In 2014, he acknowledged a relationship—since ended—with actor and model Jonathan Zeizel.

At the 2015 Grammy Awards, where he won four categories, he said, “I would like to thank the man that I fell in love with last year – the man who this album is about. Thank you so much for breaking my heart, because you got me four Grammys!”

Correction: An earlier version of the article referred to Sam Smith as the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. Dustin Lance Black, also openly gay, won an Oscar for Screenplay in 2009 for the movie Milk

Dhrubo Jyoti
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