Billy Porter 

When you’re doing what you love, it’s not exhausting at all, actually. It’s completely empowering and exhilarating.

  • Name: Billy Porter
  • Born: September 21th, 1969
  • From: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Pronouns: He/him
  • Spouse: Adam Smith
  • Education:
  • Occupation: Actor, singer
  • Known For:  Role in the FX series Pose, other acting roles, Broadway, writing, and singing.
  • Awards:
    • 2013 – Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots
    • 2013 – Tony Award: Besting Leading Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots
    • 2014 – Grammy Award: Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots  
    • 2017 – GLAAD Media AwardVito Russo Award
    • 2019 – Dorian Awards: TV Performance of the Year – Actor for Pose
    • 2020 – Dorian Awards: TV Performance of the Year – Actor for Pose

Billy Porter is an icon in fashion and an LGBT activistIn 2019 Porter won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, making him the first openly-gay black male that won any lead actor award. He’s also one letter away from achieving EGOT prestige, which is winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. Only 16 people have achieved this status. The man is very experienced in the field of arts, coming from many well-known Broadway plays such as Miss SaigonGrease, and Kinky BooksBut his creative expression to represent his community didn’t stop there. Currently he plays the role of Pray Tell in the popular TV series Pose, which explores the plights of New York City’s African American and Latino LGBTQ community in Drag Ballroom Culture. The show has the largest cast of transgender actors in television history, ensuring their spot in historyWithin the show Porter helps break down stereotypes and humanize queer, gay, and transgender people.  


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