The sex symbol known for iconic films including Star Wars and Mahagony has come out as gender fluid.
In a recent interview with Esquire, Billy Dee Williams, 82, told the publication that when describing his legacy as a “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.”
Ok, but what does gender fluidity mean?
According to Cosmo UK, it’s is a subcategory of the non-binary gender.
“Transpeople may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, gender-queer (GQ), gender-fluid, non-binary, gender-variant, crossdresser, genderless, agender, nongender, third gender, bi-gender, trans man, trans woman, trans masculine, trans feminine and neutrois.”
While folks will always be negative on social media, it was amazing to see so many people show Williams the love he deserves for living his life on his own terms.
Take a look:
Twitter Rallies Behind Billy Dee Williams Coming Out As Gender Fluid was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
Love to see it. Especially for all those who act like we just sprouted 5 years ago. https://t.co/Rb9UnmRiVO— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) November 30, 2019
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. https://t.co/3jNc56Dnrk pic.twitter.com/AyHnCOpU6k— della ~ lesbianics instructor (@della_morte_) November 27, 2019
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.— Non-Binary Jennifer Corvino🏴🎥👻🎵 (@elevatorcore) November 28, 2019
Kwanzaa done came early this year 👏🏽 https://t.co/FvEvTd1OlW— Michelle Buteau (@MichelleButeau) December 1, 2019
I love this so much. It’s truly never too late to discover who you are + live your truth.— Sex Ed Business Coach (@cameronglover_) December 1, 2019
THAT is sexual liberation in action.https://t.co/Oho4MEgTRI
For anyone surprised about Billy Dee Williams’ gender fluidity, may I remind you that this nigga’s been walking around with a perm and a cape for 40 years. You shouldn’t be shocked pic.twitter.com/oz0KJR19Kq— Swampert Webber (@StarletWebber) November 30, 2019
OH MY HEART. Billy Dee Williams embraces gender fluidity and uses him and her pronouns - https://t.co/PMK4XSIBBY— Shannon Barber (@Weebeasty) November 29, 2019
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
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— #ProtectTransKids (@CampbellX) November 29, 2019
Never too old to speak your truth.— Dr. Oni Blackstock (@DrOniBee) November 30, 2019
“"I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine," he said. "I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.” https://t.co/C6yPCMtBtB
I elicited a full gasp when I saw this. YES BILLY DEE! https://t.co/ggzBhoCixL— Angel Lopez (@Ariessoul329) December 1, 2019
HOLY SHIT BILLY DEE WILLIAMS IS GENDERQUEER— Lavender says BLM and ACAB (@LavenderLady113) December 1, 2019
I LOVE THEM SO MUCH, LANDO HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAV SW CHARACTERS, YOU GO GIRL!!!
Also shows that not all boomers (I know he's not one but you know what I mean) are unprogressive on gender issues, maybe there's hope for others