Billy Porter makes history as openly black gay actor with Emmy nomination!

Posted by Ria, 18 Jul

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Billy Porter has made history!

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The Pose actor has become the first-ever openly gay black actor to receive an Emmy Nomination in the ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ category. And we couldn’t be happier for him!

The 49-year-old actor received the nomination for his legendary portrayal of sassy emcee ‘Pray Tell’, in Ryan Murphy’s Pose.

“My breath is taken away,” Billy Porter told People when he found out about the nomination.

“I’m so thrilled. It’s an amazing feeling.”

And despite being in the industry for over 30 years and already having a Tony and Grammy under his belt, the actor said that he wouldn’t have been “ready” for an Emmy nod until now.

This was, according to him, the perfect time for his first Emmy nomination…

“Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen,” he added.

“We’re always right where we’re supposed to be, and I would never have been ready before now.”

Pose also received a nomination in the ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ category – and for good reason too!

Pose is currently in its second ground-breaking series and tells the story of New York’s predominately LGBTQ ballroom scene in the 80s and 90s. It follows the characters as they battle everything from HIV/AIDS, equality, and so much more.

Needless to say, Billy Porter is thrilled to be involved in such a phenomenal project…

“I feel really blessed to have lived long enough to see this day, to see the world transform in this way, where our story gets to be told on this level with this kind of juice behind it, Ryan Murphy behind it,” Billy Porter added.

“It’s really life-altering.”

We couldn’t agree more and wish Billy Porter all the luck in the world.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sept 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

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  1.   Sapphirem38 says:
    Posted: 03 Aug

    How is this story related to interracial dating? I'm confused?

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  2. Posted: 01 Aug

    Wow

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  3.   JimAbqNM says:
    Posted: 21 Jul

    That is not something to brag about

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