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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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232 comments

  • Yahudah M.
    3 days

    Sad & lawless lifestyle he has adopted & death to all gays

  • Brent G.
    3 days

    Boooo

  • Carl H.
    3 days

    Why do you need the Acceptance? Why do you need the Applause? It's obvious that just Being, isn't good enough for you, but it figures..

  • Rob M.
    4 days

    I love Billy porter ❤

  • Raul V.
    4 days

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • Theodore W.
    4 days

    They can also look like a dam fool!😄

  • Keith G.
    4 days

    I see how easily people are manipulated to accept what they are naturally against just because it seems popular to do so, all this unnatural and immoral behaviors and laws will be infringing on your natural rights to choose..just watch!! The Universe and nature operates on divine natural laws; feminine and masculine elements contained within every living organism, Man continues to corrupt themselves which will eventually wipe themselves out of existence. If these two elements; feminine and masculine, are not balanced within each individual then they can't function at a higher spiritual level...therefore corruption or "Sin" falls upon them.

  • Donnie C.
    4 days

    Nope

  • Aubrie R.
    4 days

    That tuxedo dress was ICONIC!! Just as ICONIC as this beautiful man is!!

  • Sandra A.
    4 days

    You seem to be a very amazing person much love and God bless

  • Sandra A.
    4 days

    The book of Jude

  • Cynthia R.
    4 days

    bruh

  • Cie C.
    5 days

    You are awesome😘😘😘

  • John G.
    5 days

    Why!!😢😢

  • Mamasita M.
    5 days

    Never regret anything that happens in your life if you don't have any good deeds or sayings please shut up

  • Timothy J.
    5 days

    Whom am i to judge? I myself have to answer for my own life choices. To GOD be the victor.

  • Zrnestine R.
    6 days

    I'm always amazed at Billy Porter's courage because we can be so cruel as people so I love his power that he's taken back congratulations Billy Porter you rock and all worlds

  • Sylvia B.
    6 days

    Billy Porter is the man

  • Darlene B.
    6 days

    What is it to gain the whole world and lose your soul

  • Bernard H.
    6 days

    Boy sit down!