“I like the idea that there may be homophobic guys who listen to my record and they have no clue that I’m gay!” he told the magazine.
Covering the magazine’s 20th anniversary issue, Smith told the publication that he’d like to become an advocate for gay youth globally.
“I would like to become a voice for gay youth in difficulty around the world,” he continued. “I just created a foundation.”
That foundation is a charity Smith says he’s establishing. He first mentioned it back in February.
The foundation “[involves] money going to gay guys who are struggling to come out in different countries…” he told The Guardian. “I’m very aware that we are not where we should be, so I’m trying to play my part. But in a certain way, in my way.”