HOLLYWOOD, CA — (09-23-19) (Gay News) — Openly gay black actor Billy Porter, makes history becoming the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy Award for Lead Actor In A Drama”.

Porter won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as ballroom Emcee Pray Tell on the FX series, “Pose”. The win for Lead Actor In A Drama at the Emmy Awards made him the first openly gay black man to receive the honor in this coveted category.

Openly Gay Actor Billy Porter Wins Emmy for Lead Actor in FX Series “Pose”

“It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I was could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here,” Porter told the crowd, quoting James Baldwin. “I have the right, you have the right ― we all have the right!”

“We, as artists, are the people who that get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet,” he added. “Please don’t ever stop doing that. Please don’t ever stop telling the truth.”

When Billy Porter’s name was announced as the winner for Lead Actor In A Drama, “Pose” fans and LGBTQ advocates, immediately reacted on to the history making moment on twitter.

Produced by Ryan Murphy, “Pose” follows members of the New York’s ballroom community in the era of the ’80s and ’90s. The “Pose” series now going into its second season on FX, boasts the largest cast of transgender performers as regulars. The show is also well known for having the largest recurring LGBTQ cast ever of any scripted TV show ever produced.

The 50-year-old Billy Porter, who took home a Tony Award in 2013 for Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” described his “Pose” experience as “really life-altering.”

“My outness was always considered a liability for me and that has turned around,” Porter told People magazine in July, after getting word and confirmation of his historic Emmy nomination. “In my life in the business, having that flamboyant ability, very often that’s where you’re pigeonholed,” said Porter.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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