Emmys 2019: Billy Porter fans ecstatic about historic win in Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category

'Pose' star Billy Porter is now the first openly gay black man to win in the Emmys' Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. Next stop, Oscars, say fans


                            Emmys 2019: Billy Porter fans ecstatic about historic win in Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category

'Pose' star Billy Porter made history this year by becoming the first openly gay black man to win in the Emmys' Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category and his devoted fans cannot keep calm. They'd like him to win an Oscar and to be honest, it doesn't seem that far fetched considering how fabulous and talented Porter is.

"Billy Porter's win is a win for all of us," said a fan with a Pride flag award emoji, echoing Porter's acceptance speech this evening. "The category is love, y'all! Love!" Porter, who looked out of this world in his sparkly custom made Michael Kors suit, said. 

Billy Porter attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

"I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he added. Quoting novelist James Baldwin, he said, "It 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." 

"Billy Porter wins lead actor. Drag Race wins best competition series. The queens reign supreme, fam," another fan ecstatic wrote. While another said, "I'm not going to be over Billy Porter's win for a minute, because he has more than put in the work, he has been in the trenches building his talent, and he is well aware of the power of words. That Baldwin quote at the beginning - a continuum of Black gay men as storytellers." 

One fan summed it up for the entire fandom, saying, "There are some people whose realness touches you. W/o ever knowing them personally you feel like you know you're on same page. That's why I like Billy Porter. Happy for his win tonight. He been at it a minute. Hard work always pays." They clearly cannot get over how brilliant he is, and frankly, neither can we.

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