Billy Porter Makes History as First Openly Gay Black Man to Win Emmy for Outstanding Actor in Drama Series

IndieWire | 9/22/2019 | Staff
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In a historic moment for the Primetime Emmy Awards, openly gay actor Billy Porter took home the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his moving portrayal of ballroom emcee Pray Tell in FX’s landmark LGBT showcase, “Pose.” He is the first gay black actor to win the prize.

The show, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, received a total of six nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series. “Pose” recently wrapped its superb second season, set in the early 1990s as the AIDS crisis takes hold of the gay community in New York and across the country. Over the summer, the series was renewed by FX for a third season, which has yet to begin production.

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Porter has had a banner year, from slaying it with killer couture everywhere from the 2019 Academy Awards to the Met Gala, but he also received a Golden Globe nomination, and honors from the Black Reel Awards for Television, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and the GLAAD Media Awards.

While on the awards circuit earlier this year, Billy Porter talked about pushing many...
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