Attention Chicago-Area: The Alexandra Billings Story Airs Tonight

Premiering tonight on Chicago’s PBS affiliate WTTW is a new documentary about the extraordinary life of transgender actress Alexandra Billings. Alexandra Billings Billings is perhaps best known for appearing in the 2006 GLAAD Media Award-winning episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Where the Boys Are,” as a transgender patient with breast cancer. But there is much more to this extraordinary woman’s story. The documentary Schoolboy to Showgirl: The Alexandra Billings Story, presented by Out and Proud in Chicago, will air tonight at 8:30 pm. This 30-minute program will detail the extraordinary life and career of transgender actress and singer, Alexandra Billings. Narrated by poet and performer Cin Salach, Billings delves deep into her harrowing past to honestly and openly discusses her survival through childhood in suburban Chicago, addiction, AIDS, a suicide attempt, and ignorance. With the addition of rare footage and candid interviews, the audience will really be able to see Billings transition not only from, male to female, but also from impersonation clubs to mainstream theater, and finally to Hollywood. What it means to transition today and the history of the drag movement are also touched upon. Schoolboy to Showgirl: The Alexandra Billings Story AIRDATES WTTW-Channel 11 Friday, June 19 at 8:30pm Monday, June 22, 2009 at 2am Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 4am WTTW Prime (Comcast 243 or Channel 11.2) Sunday, June 21 at 7pm Monday, June 22, 2009 at 1:30am Monday, June 22, 2009 at 7am Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 4pm