jemgirl90 (jemgirl90) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Billy Porter covers "Allure" magazine

- Porter on being sent to a psychologist as a child: Porter" The hetro normative construct that masculinity is better silenced me for many years. I was sent to a psychologist at five years old because I was a sissy and my family was afraid. I love them. They didn't know. It was a different time. That's one of my first memories I have as a child,that something is wrong with you and you need to be fixed based on " You're not masculine enough" I carried that with me my whole life until like two minutes ago. You know?"

- Porter on shifting his mindset and and learning his value: Porter" Flamboyance was a silencing mechanism for a long time with me. Flamboyance was a word that was used to marginalize me and keep me in a box. The very thing that everbody' s telling you is wrong is exactly what you have to be".

- Some commenters online felt Porter's attire on the 2019 Oscar red carpet was cause for the emasculation of black ciset men. Porter:" First of all if your masculinity is that weak ,it should be challenged. Secondly, I didn't know I had that much power. But now that I do,you can expect I'll be wielding it every f****ing chance I get. Every chance. It's a calling,it's a ministry,it's intentional. I know exactly what I'm here for. And that's power*.

- Porter on preserving the legacy of those lost in the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and 90s and living life to the fullest. Porter" We lost an entire generation. But for me ,I like to live in the present and in the positive. And what's left inside of me is the fire to tell the story and fill the void. That's why it's taken me so long. I was at the tale end of those artist. I was a young'un learning from those people who died I've had all this time to take the morsel of what I had learned and let it gestate and grow. And it's our turn. It's time. I'm a part of the first generation of gay men ,ever,who gets to be loud and proud in the world. My generation is the first. Bitches are scared. And they should be"


The film " Like a Boss" is in theaters now.

Tags: black celebrities, lgbtq film / media

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