Unprotected By Billy Porter
Book/Novel Author: Billy Porter
Book/Novel Title: Unprotected
From the incomparable Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner, a powerful and revealing autobiography about race, sexuality, art, and healing It’s easy to be yourself when who and what you are is in vogue. But growing up Black and gay in America has never been easy. Before Billy Porter was slaying red carpets and giving an iconic Emmy-winning performance in the celebrated TV show Pose; before he was the groundbreaking Tony and Grammy Award-winning star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots; and before he was an acclaimed recording artist, actor, playwright, director, and all-around legend, Porter was a young boy in Pittsburgh who was seen as different, who didn’t fit in. At five years old, Porter was sent to therapy to “fix” his effeminacy. He was endlessly bullied at school, sexually abused by his stepfather, and criticized at his church. Porter came of age in a world where simply being himself was a constant struggle.Billy Porter’s Unprotected is the life story of a singular artist and survivor in his own words. It is the story of a boy whose talent and courage opened doors for him, but only a crack. It is the story of a teenager discovering himself, learning his voice and his craft amidst deep trauma. And it is the story of a young man whose unbreakable determination led him through countless hard times to where he is now; a proud icon who refuses to back down or hide. Porter is a multitalented, multifaceted treasure at the top of his game, and Unprotected is a resonant, inspirational story of trauma and healing, shot through with his singular voice.
It’s rare to find a memoir that’s a real page-turner, but Billy Porter’s story is equal parts riveting and inspirational. So good!
I adore Billy Porter and I appreciate his realness, he makes sure his voice is heard and never takes no for an answer!
I love Billy Porter in Pose, but this book was so boring. I’m so disappointed but still love him as an actor and a human.
I love Billy Porter! I love his character Pray Tell on Pose! I knew this book would be a good read just because, and I wasn’t disappointed! He shows you through trials and tribulations in life it doesn’t have to define you, but in faith, hard work, determination and staying true to who you are, just keep pushing to the mark! He made it through! Very inspiring!
There aren’t enough stars for this. Just like anything else this beautiful soul touches…I laughed out loud, I teared up. I had to go back and binge watch Pose all over again because I miss seeing Billy on screen. This book should be made into a movie, starring….Ms. Billy Porter as herself.
Billy bares it all to tell his story. I enjoyed the honesty with which he shared his past- trials and all. I found it difficult to put down. I kept wanting to know what happened next. Billy’s writing style makes you feel like you really know him.