Billy Dee Williams ‘Comes Out’ as Gender Fluid
Actor Billy Dee Williams as always been seen as the smooth-talking, ladies man who made it look all too easy to get women to fall all over him. Even in characters like Louis in “Lady Sings the Blues” with Diana Ross or as the cape-wearing smuggler Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” universe–Williams always gets the girl and does it so effortlessly. He’s forever been cemented as being the epitome of masculinity and a “Man’s Man.”
But now, in Williams own words, he not just masculine, not only feminine either–he’s a little bit of both, according to a recent profile in Esquire magazine.
“You see, I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine,” Williams, 82, told Esquire. “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”
“I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously,” Williams said.
Describing his role in Star Wars, Williams said the character was truly unique.
“What I presented on that screen people didn’t expect to see,” he shared. “And I deliberately presented something that nobody had experienced before: a romantic brown-skinned boy.”
Last year, shortly after Jonathan Kasdan, a writer on the Star Wars prequel “Solo,” confirmed that Williams character was pansexual (being attracted to people regardless of gender or sex), Glover said: “How can you not be pansexual in space?”
While Williams, who has been married to Teruko Nakagami since the 1970s, this is relatively the first time he’s come out with anything like this.
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