Billy Dee Williams, 82, is a Hollywood legend. He is known for films like “Star Wars” and “Lady Sings The Blues.” However, he got folks talking this weekend when he revealed that he refers to himself with male and female pronouns.
In an interview with Esquire, he said, “I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.” He also added, “I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.”
When asked about Donald Glover, who played the younger version of his “Star Wars” character in 2018’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” talking about being open to gender fluidity, he said, “Really? That kid is brilliant — just look at those videos.”
Williams shocked and inspired many with his revelation. One user wrote, “Billy Dee Williams talking about his preferred pronouns and feelings about his gender identity at age 82 just makes my heart melt. I love this man so much. So happy to be seeing him onscreen again.”
Another clapped back at the haters, “Shoutout to all the shitbrains who lost their minds over Donald Glover playing Lando as pansexual in SOLO now having to confront the fact that Billy Dee Williams is genderfluid (they’ll, of course, just put their heads in the sand).”
One tweet pointed out the importance of Williams’ comments, “Billy Dee Williams coming out as non-binary is important because it goes against the popular image of non-binary people as young, white and androgynous.”
Popular social media personality April Reign, who was behind the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, tweeted, “I am absolutely HERE for Billy Dee Williams identifying as gender fluid. And I have totally shipped (with nothing to back it up) him and Marlon Brando back in the day.”
Williams was the Denzel Washington of his time. He was considered a sexual symbol and personified “Black cool.” Williams has been married three times and has two children. He and his third wife were married from 1972 to 1993. However, they allegedly reconciled in 1997. It is not clear if they are still in a relationship.
Kudos to Williams for being the person he is. See more reactions to Williams below.
Me: Depressed about the state of LGBT+ rep in Star Wars— Wesley (@SskeerMadness) November 26, 2019
Billy Dee Williams: Hold my beer, I'ma refer to myself with feminine pronouns pic.twitter.com/ikT4NtNYCo
Billy Dee Williams coming out as gender fluid at 82 years old is arguably the coolest thing he's ever done, and he's fucking famous for being cool.— Matt Mustin (@MattMustin) December 1, 2019
I missed the news yesterday that the legendary Billy Dee Williams, at 82 years old, revealed that he now identifies as both he and she, depending on how he‘a feeling about his masculinity/femininity. How fucking rad is that? I want to buy that human a beer. ❤️🍺 pic.twitter.com/s6LjbcrHvj— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) December 2, 2019
Yes yes Billy Dee Williams is gender non-conforming and that is awesome but the more important thing is that he mixes vodka with Emergen-C https://t.co/yt8LvNSyaU— Howard Moon (@sugar_boogers) November 30, 2019
Fucking laughing at all the people thinking billy dee williams is some kind of hetero bro and not a queer icon of the 70s-80s like freddie mercury and david bowie. Every day star wars is ruined a little bit more for you and i love it.— Toxoglossa (@Toxxoglossa) November 30, 2019
Billy Dee Williams comes out as non-binary and gender fluid. So good to see a Black elder living her /his authentic life. 😍🌈 https://t.co/vNoY9gDUzL— #EndSARS (@CampbellX) November 29, 2019
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS IS NONBINARY PASS IT ON. https://t.co/myx72NkBzc— Stephanie Fantastic (@StphanieTheBest) November 28, 2019
Represent! Billy Dee Williams just came out as gender fluid. 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/P33aiQ1z4j— Delaney King 👉🏻👩🏻💻 (@delaneykingrox) November 30, 2019
One or two summers after graduation, my friend Jason made me watch all the Star Wars movies with him, and I fell in love with Lando. I already knew and adored Billy Dee (Harvey fucking Dent), but seeing him embody THIS dude in THIS world, y'all... https://t.co/tHIKMBQIvq— C.S.R. Calloway (@ChanceCalloway) November 27, 2019
im so happy for billy dee williams at 82 years old talking about gender identity, and im also really happy to see all the sexist transmisic dudebros losing their absolute shit bc one of their heroes has betrayed them and turned over to the dark side— aro wwx propagandist | wangxian au!! (@transwwx) December 1, 2019
YOU GUYS BILLY DEE WILLIAMS IS GENDER FLUID!!! 🏳️🌈✨🏳️🌈✨🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/vRkkmFnRaB— 𝚜 𝚊 𝚗 𝚍 𝚛 𝚊 🍂⚰️ (@bruno_bucciarat) December 1, 2019