We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Billy Porter, author of the new book, Unprotected. Porter will be interviewed by Jamal Jordan, author of Queer Love in Color. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!
FAN is honored to give away copies of Unprotected! Recipients will be chosen randomly from the event’s Zoom attendance list, and books can be either picked up at The Book Stall, or be shipped if necessary. All details on the Zoom registration page.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.
About the Book: 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, and director, 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.
Porter’s debut memoir, Unprotected, is the life story of a singular artist and survivor. 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 amid deep trauma. 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. And it is the story of a man who finally is at peace to reveal truths that have haunted him for countless years. In Porter’s own words: “The truth is the healing.”
About the Author: Billy Porter is an actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the winner of the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Pray Tell in Pose—the first openly gay Black man to be nominated and win in any lead acting category. Porter is also the winner of the 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his groundbreaking performance as Lola in Kinky Boots. As a director, among other shows, Porter helmed the revival of Suzan-Lori Parks’s Topdog/Underdog at Boston’s Huntington Theatre, where he was awarded the Elliot Norton Award for Best Director. Porter's debut memoir, Unprotected, was released in October 2021.
About the Interviewer: Jamal Jordan is a mixed-media documentarian and occasional professor. He’s fascinated by stories of triumph and highlighting the diversity of the communities that he covers, and has worked with VICE News, NBC News and, most recently, The New York Times. He’s fiercely passionate about helping shape the next generation of journalists and storytellers and spends whatever free time he has as a mentor with organizations including the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association’s training program, the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, and the Youth Design Center in Brownsville, New York. Jordan is the author of the 2021 photo-and-story collection Queer Love in Color, a moving collection of photographs and stories of queer couples and families of color from across the US and around the world.
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.