Billy Porter Makes History With Lead Actor Emmy Win
Porter is the first openly gay Black man to win the award.
Porter quoted James Baldwin as he accepted his award, telling the audience, “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.”
Porter’s win puts him on the road to EGOT glory.
In 2014, Porter won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots. In 2013, the actor also won a Tony for his portrayal of Lola in the Broadway musical. And, with Porter’s talent, it wouldn’t be surprising if we see the actor pick up an Oscar soon.
In his speech, Porter also called on artists to continue “telling the truth” with their work.
“I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day,” the actor said. “We, as artists, are the people who get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet,” he later added. “Please don’t ever stop doing that. Please don’t ever stop telling the truth.”