Elderly women everywhere were shocked at the news that actor heartthrob Billy Dee Williams came out of the closet as a "gender fluid" cross-dresser who possibly goes both ways.
"I'm a very soft person. I'm not afraid to show that side of myself," Williams said in an interview with Esquire to promote his latest film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
"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,” said Williams, 82.
"And you see I say 'himself' and 'herself,' because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine," he added.
Williams is best known for his role in Lady Sings the Blues (1972) alongside Diana Ross, who played legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday.
The suave and debonair actor made the ladies swoon when he uttered his infamous line to Ross: "You want my arm to fall off?".
Williams is also known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars trilogy.
Williams said the role he's most proud of is his Emmy-nominated performance as Gale Sayers in the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song.
"It was a love story, really," he told Esquire. "Between two guys. Without sex. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial division."
Gender fluid - a term unheard of before the Obama-era - is said to exist on a gender spectrum that changes with mood from day to day.
For example, someone who identifies as "gender fluid" or "non-binary" may feel they are a mix of both male or female. They may dress manly one day while sashaying in feminine wear the next.
The Obama-era ushered in new words and terms to describe old sexual preferences and sexual identities. The goal of the Obama administration's leftist angenda was to normalize and remove the stigma surrounding sexual identities, including homosexuality, cross-dressing, and pedophilia.
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