Billy Porter has made history at the 2019 Emmys! The “Pose” star became the first openly gay person of color to win an Emmy award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Pray Tell in the acclaimed FX show. “The category is love, y’all!” he gushed. “I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day!” Billy broke down in tears while delivering his acceptance speech just one day after celebrating his 50th birthday!
It’s the culmination of a career that started on Broadway nearly three decades ago, as well as a dream come true. “Awards matter for this little black boy,” Porter told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “If this black queen walks up to take a Best Lead Emmy? That’s the first time it will ever have been done.”
The award was richly deserved: We at Slate made the case for his win back in June. The actor and fashion plate’s Emmy will sit on his mantle next to his 2013 Tony and his 2014 Grammy, both of which Porter won for his lead role in the musical Kinky Boots. With the Emmy, Porter is now only an O away from an EGOT.
Billy Porter Breaks Down In Tears Over Historic Emmys Win: ‘I Am So Overjoyed’