No Ordinary Man


Wednesday, March 3rd at 5pm

For decades, the life of American Jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. In No Ordinary Man, Tipton’s story is re-imagined and performed by trans artists as they collectively paint a portrait of an unlikely hero. Together, the filmmakers join Tipton’s son Billy Jr. to reckon with a complicated and contested legacy.

Join the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago for a discussion of No Ordinary Man featuring filmmaker Chase Joynt, Professor C. Riley Snorton(English, Gender and Sexuality Studies), and advocate and actor Marquise Vilsón.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at

Registrants will receive a link to screen the film in advance of the discussion.

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