Here's what Sam Smith's speech has highlighted, regardless of how self-involved you might think that he has come off as by proclaiming himself an unprecedented LGBT history-maker -- one simple fact: Visibility is a persistent and gnawing problem for LGBT people.
As it turns out, lots of openly queer people have won Oscars. But you know what? I don't mind that Sam Smith didn't know that. It's a good thing that we've gotten to the point where it's possible to lose count of the number of openly queer people who've won Academy Awards.
The fact that Sam Smith thought he might have been the first openly gay man to win an Oscar is not an insult against him but rather a larger indication of how gay culture today has forgotten its own roots.
Does finding "the one" and living happily ever after sound ideal? Has your happiness ever depended on a lover? Has your lover ever tried to stop you from pursuing your hopes and dreams (or vice versa)?