#BillyPorter makes history! 1st openly gay black man to win Outstanding Lead Actor at the #Emmys! [vid]

‘Pose’ break out star, Billy Porter inches closer to EGOT status!

Porter continued his meteoric success streak at the 71st Emmy Awards this past Sunday with a history-making win.

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 made him the first openly gay black man to receive the honor in the category.

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

“My outness was always considered a liability for me and that has turned around,” he told People magazine in July, upon learning of the historic Emmy nomination. “In my life in the business, having that flamboyant ability, very often that’s where you’re pigeonholed, that’s where you’re sort of put in a box.”

“I’m glad to be out of that box,” he added.

Having won an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony award, Porter only needs an Oscar to achieve EGOT status. [HuffPost]

I never knew what a talent Mr.Porter was until recently. He deserves ALL of his flowers now. We hope he gets that Oscar to complete his collection!

EGOT status here he comes!


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