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Watch Billy Porter Become the First Openly Gay Man to Win an Emmy

Watch Billy Porter Become the First Openly Gay Man to Win an Emmy

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Billy Porter makes history.

Billy Porter, the star of FX’s critically acclaimed show Pose, won an Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Drama at the 2019 Emmys on Sunday (September 23rd).

It was a history-making win for Porter: he became the first openly gay man to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama. Winning the award, Porter went on stage and gave a passionate speech.

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Porter is now an Oscar away from hitting the EGOT milestone. In the past, he won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots.

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Another standout moment came when Jharrel Jerome, one of the stars of the critically acclaimed Netflix mini-series When They See Us, took home a Lead Actor in a Limited Series Emmy.

During his speech, he gave a special shout out the Exonerated Five, saying:

Most important[ly], this is for the men known as the Exonerated Five,” he said. “Thank you so much. It’s an honor, it’s a blessing.

Check out the speech below.


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