Billy Porter On Being ‘First Generation’ Of ‘Out Loud & Proud’ Gay Men: ‘B**ches Are Scared’

Billy Porter is coming for that crown, Billy Porter is coming for power.

The “Pose” star sits down with Allure for the magazine’s February issue. Porter, 50, takes no prisoners when talking about the power of art and the strength in being a gay man in Hollywood.

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Billy Porter. Photo: Ben Hassett for Allure
Billy Porter. Photo: Ben Hassett for Allure

“We are the arbiters. We’re the ones that create change because it’s creative in how we talk about it. We open hearts and minds in a different way. It’s not didactic, it’s not finger waving,” he says. “Why do you think we’re attacked first by tyrannical governments?”

“Why do you think that that’s the s**t that’s cut first? They know,” Porter exclaims. “It’s our turn. It’s time. I’m a part of the first generation of gay men, ever, who gets to be out loud and proud in the world. My generation is the first. B**ches are scared. And they should be.”

Porter also examines the problems with traditional masculinity and how it affected his youth.

“The hetero normative construct that masculinity is better silenced me for many years,” he says. “It was like my masculinity was in question before I could even comprehend the thought.”

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Billy Porter. Photo: Ben Hassett for Allure
Billy Porter. Photo: Ben Hassett for Allure

“I was sent to a psychologist at five years old because I was a sissy and my family was afraid,” Porter reveals. “I love them. They didn’t know. It was a different time.”

Porter covers Allure‘s Feb. 2020 issue — the “Art of Beauty” issue.

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