‘Pose’s Billy Porter First Openly Gay Black Man Nominated For Lead Actor Drama Emmy, Said He Was “Able To Breathe” After News

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‘Pose’s Billy Porter First Openly Gay Black Man Nominated For Lead Actor Drama Emmy, Said He Was “Able To Breathe” After News
A deadpan “Really?” was Pose actor and red carpet sartorial king Billy Porter’s initial reaction to his Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as the no-nonsense ballroom emcee Pray Tell on the FX series about the New York City ball scene in the ’80s.

Porter, who was on vacation when he learned of the news, talked to Deadline about his limited oxygen intake since he realized Tuesday was Emmy nomination day. “I just haven’t been breathing for the past day,” he said in anticipation for today’s announcements of nominees. “So today, I was able to breathe — that was my first reaction!”

When Pose premiered, it made TV history with the largest transgender cast and broke ground with Lgbtq storytelling. As Porter points out, his nomination marks one of the first — if not the first — time an openly gay Black actor
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