VIDEO: Billy Porter Gives Moving Speech Following Emmy Win For POSE
Porter gave a moving speech following his win.
"The category is love, y'all, love," he said. "I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day."
He then proceeded to provide a powerful message, quoting novelist and civil rights activist James Baldwin.
"James Baldwin said, 'Took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself and halfway believed, before I could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here.'
"I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right," Porter said.
Watch the full speech below!
He originated the role of 'Lola' in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, which won him 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other theatre: Shuffle Along, Miss Saigon, Five Guys..., Grease, Smokey Joe's..., Dreamgirls, Angels in America,The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs for a New World, Ghetto Superstar (one-man show),Topdog/Underdog, King Lear.
As a recording artist, Porter's solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul - LIVE on Sh-K-Boom Records, and Billy's Back on Broadway, on Concord Records.