Billy Tipton - Trans Trailblazer Series - T-Shirt

by TG Supply

William Lee Tipton - "Billy" - was an American jazz musician. He began his music career in the 1930s as a bandleader for broadcast radio. In the 1940s, he toured the Midwest with various dance bands and in 1957 recorded two successful albums: Sweet Georgia Brown and Billy Tipton Plays Hi-Fi on Piano.

The success of the albums led to several offers - including the chance to record four more. However, Tipton rejected all offers and settled down in Spokane, WA. He thereafter worked as a talent broker and performed weekly with his trio. Due to worsening arthritis, Tipton's performance career ended in the late 1970s.

Tipton kept his trans status hidden from most people, including his partners and adopted children.

This shirt is a part of Transguy Supply's Trans History Series. Each shirt in this series was illustrated and signed by Artist & Fashion Designer, Auston Bjorkman.

Make sure to check out the 2020 film about Billy Tipton - NO Ordinary Man co-written by trans folx, Chase Joynt and Amos Mac.

This T-shirt is made of a thicker, heavier cotton, but it's still soft and comfy. And the double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability to what is sure to be a favorite!

• 100% ring-spun cotton
• Sport Grey is 90% ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Dark Heather is 65% polyester, 35% cotton
• 4.5 oz/y² (153 g/m²)
• Pre-shrunk
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the center


Size Guide:            XS    S     M     L    XL   2XL   3XL  4XL

Length (inches)   27   28   29   30   31    32      33    34

Width (inches)  16 ½  18   20   22   24    26      28    30


Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Melvin Butts
I want the whole collection!

It's a great fit, and great to see such an otherwise obscure artist, and important piece of trans history, finally come to light.


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