Pose Billy Porter has come a step closer to winning an EGOT on Sunday: He took home his first Emmy for a standout leading actor in a drama series. And so he wrote Emmy story.
Porter is the first openly gay black man to win in this category. In Pose he plays the gregarious Emcee Pray Tell, the father figure of FX & # 39; Drama, on found gay families who have survived the AIDS crisis. Praying that he is struggling with an HIV diagnosis, and in the episode that Porter has submitted, his character plays a stirring musical number with an AIDS advantage that envelops each of his hopes and fears into a single song.
Porter can put his Emmy on the shelf alongside an impressive array of accolades he played Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, [Tony] the Tony as Best Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award in 201
Earlier this year, Porter was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his pose role.
In his acceptance speech to the Emmys, Porter quoted James Baldwin, who wrote in his 1960 essay "They Can not Turn Back": and I half believed it before I could walk the earth as if I were the one Right to be here. "
" I have the right, "said Porter. "You have the right. We all have the right."
After thanking his husband, his manager, the cast of Pose and others, an emotional Porter ended his speech with a call to action "We are the people," he said. "We as artists are the people who can change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet, please never stop, please never stop to tell the truth. "