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The Life of Billy Porter

"It's when we are visible that we have the power to create empathy." Billy Porter made history as the first openly gay black actor to win the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for “Pose” — this is his story.

Posing for history

He is the first black and openly gay actor to have won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He is Billy Porter. He was born in 1969 in Pennsylvania and grew up with his parents and sister. In 1987, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. At 25, he began a career as a comedian on Broadway. Theater was the thing that encouraged me to dream beyond my circumstance, outside of my circumstance. In 1997, he released his first album. At 44, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola, a drag queen, in Kinky Boots.

In 2016, he supported the Trevor Project which focuses on suicide prevention services among LGTBQ+ teenagers. At 47, he married the man with whom he’s been sharing his life for the past 8 years. In 2018, he landed the role of Pray Tell in the hit series Pose, which depicts the daily life of young gay men and transgender women. At 49, he caused a sensation at the Oscars with his tuxedo gown. A few months later, he wore a dress inspired by a uterus to support the right to abortion, amid threats to reproductive rights in several states. The day after his 50th birthday, Billy Porter won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Pose.

“I hope that young queer people of all colors can look at me and know that they can. I was told that who I am was never gonna work. I was told that who and what I am would never be successful. Period. That’s what I was told. I did not believe them,” Billy Porter concludes.

Brut.

10/07/2019 10:19 AM
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343 comments

  • James W.
    01/01/2020 02:47

    Dispicable in the mind of sane people.

  • Albert C.
    01/01/2020 02:39

    Man it been openly gay people in the business it just not they have an agenda to push so they putting it out like it's new tfoh

  • Robert H.
    01/01/2020 00:08

    He's a "Great" actor, he made me believe he was a man. "Fool me"

  • Oshedrick T.
    12/31/2019 23:23

    No way cuz get out of here

  • Dell I.
    12/31/2019 22:47

    He is Awesome.Do what you do.

  • Kay A.
    12/31/2019 22:16

    I love you Mr. Porter but mostly I love your character Pray Tell

  • Bobby S.
    12/31/2019 22:01

    God bless you do your time you are a winner may God continue to bless you keep your dreams alive

  • Albert C.
    12/31/2019 16:16

    Need to get rid of that stupid hat

  • Sidney A.
    12/31/2019 15:54

    He did an excellent job on Law & Order Special Victims Unit

  • Sidney A.
    12/31/2019 15:53

    He is a big DieHard Steelers fan

  • Lynn M.
    12/31/2019 13:44

    You are so right God keep blessing you

  • Linda M.
    12/31/2019 11:43

    I don't hate gay people I hate all sin. I don't want to see anyone go to hell but reality is some will. He made his choice on how he wants to live life I dont have to agree. I certainly dislike when gay people try to shove their views down other people's throats. Be you but don't try to convince me that it's right.

  • Kenneth C.
    12/31/2019 09:33

    Keep this faggaty crap off my page , wow stupid and shameful how black people have become to accept anything. True as for as what he does is his business , but as for as you idiots pushing this satanic garage down my throat it ain't happening Never !!!

  • Eddy J.
    12/31/2019 04:05

    Excuse me please?

  • Jeannette M.
    12/31/2019 00:30

    Congratulations Billy Porter .....

  • Patty J.
    12/30/2019 23:03

    Congratulations

  • William H.
    12/30/2019 21:24

    Abomination to GOD, but we live in Babylon 2 it's ok like it was back then but not with TMH ITS WRITTEN HOW HE FEELS ABOUT IT AND WHAT HE DID ABOUT IT

  • Stewart A.
    12/30/2019 21:03

    Nasty

  • Cleaster M.
    12/30/2019 20:13

    I LOVE IT

  • Susanne C.
    12/30/2019 19:13

    He who is without sin...cast the first stone....and who the hell are we to judge....Not one of us will ever stand that tall...Congratulations Billy Porter...You earned it..!!!