In an interview with The Guardian,
singer Shamir Bailey, known professionally simply as Shamir, said
that people get mad that they can't figure out his gender.
Shamir's debut album, Northtown,
is currently available for download on iTunes.
“I always find it amazing that people
get mad because they can't figure out my gender,” he
said. “Even though my only job here is to create art, I think
being a genderless figure … it shakes people. And when that
happens it makes me feel like I'm doing my job.”
When asked whether people ask him a lot
about his sexuality, Shamir answered: “Since adolescence. This is
nothing new for me.”
“I never felt like a boy or a girl,
never felt I should wear this or dress like that. I think that's
where that confidence comes from, because I never felt I had to play
a part in life. I just always come as Shamir,” he added.