Porter Goes Public

Billy Porter just went public with a very personal story.  He told The Hollywood Reporter that he has been HIV-positive for the past 14 years.  His silence was motivated by shame.  “I was the generation that was supposed to know better, and it happened anyway.”  It’s a secret he kept from most people – including his mother.  His reason?  “She’s not going to be here long, and then I’ll write my book and come out and she won’t have to live with the embarrassment of having an HIV-positive child.”  Her response surprised him.  “You’ve been carrying this around for 14 years?  Don’t ever do this again.  I’m your mother.  I love you no matter what.”

Although Pose has wrapped, Porter is busier than ever.  He’s directing his first feature film called What If?, Netflix is doing a documentary about his life called Rise, and he’s playing a gender-free Fairy Godparent in a remake of Cinderella.  He’s also joined the cast of the upcoming Disney+ animated series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder – a reboot of The Proud Family, which ran on the Disney Channel from 2001-2005.  Porter joins the original cast alongside Zachary Quinto, who plays his partner.  It’ll hit the air in early 2022, but we’ve got photos of their characters on BillyMasters.com.


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