Alexandra Billings: Being Transgender is a Gift | LGBTQ&A w/ Jeffrey Masters

Alexandra Billings talks about meeting her wife while in high school, the women who mentored her, and why Larry Kramer asked her not to march in the AIDS marches. She also talks about her connection to her great-great-grandmother who was assigned male at birth, the changing of labels within the trans movement, why she used to refer to herself as a female impersonator, and why being trans is a gift.

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Alexandra Billings is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. She currently plays Davina on Transparent. Alexandra Billings has been acting since 1968 and has performed across the United States in hundreds of plays and musicals. She’s played everyone from Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” to Mrs. Lynde in “A Doll House.” Most every stage role is considered to be a first for a transgender actress. Her one-woman autobiographical show, “Before I Disappear,” toured from Chicago to Boston to Los Angeles, and finally off-Broadway at The Producer’s Club, winning rave reviews and running for over 10 years. She originated the role of Alejandra in “Time to Burn” by Charles Mee at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and toured to off Broadway in Jeff Richmond and Michael Thomas’ camp classic, “Hamlet! The Musical!” Her CD “Being Alive,” produced by Ralph Lampkin, Jr., was up for Grammy consideration in 2002.

Alexandra married her high school sweetheart Chrisanne Blankenship-Billings in 1996 in a ceremony held at the Bailiwick Theater in Chicago, and then recently, they were legally married, before the denial of Proposition 8, in Los Angeles in 2009.

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