After becoming the first Black gay man to win an acting Emmy and the first male-identified cover star of Allure magazine, Billy Porter has made history yet again by becoming the first openly gay cover star of Essence magazine.
“We’re like a dysfunctional family who keeps secrets and doesn’t want to talk about it,” Porter said about America’s history with racism. “They don’t want to talk about the actual thing. They want to act like the actual thing never happened, so that there’s never a healing that can take place. White people are so afraid that we want vengeance that they can’t acknowledge the truth.”
“But we don’t want vengeance,” he continued. “We want our rights. We want equality. We want to be treated like human beings.”
He discussed the importance of inclusion of all Black lives in the movement, in particular the lives of transgender women.
“Stop killing us,” he said. “Our trans women are out here dying at the hands of our own. We can’t ask for anything more than what we’re ready to give. It starts with us first, and I’m calling it out.”