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Billy Porter honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Billy is getting his much-deserved flowers!

By Emily Maskell

Billy Porter receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Billy Porter receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame star (Image: @imagerybyoscar/HCC)

Pose star and LGBTQ+ icon Billy Porter has earned a star on the coveted Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Billy is most known for his Tony Award-winning role as Lola in Kinky Boots and his Emmy-winning performance in Pose.

Billy has used his platform to raise awareness and be an advocate for HIV/AIDS by sharing his own diagnosis.

During the ceremony, the 53-year-old shared: “I’m grateful to have lived long enough to see the day that my queerness is no longer my liability, but now is my greatest superpower.”

“I’m grateful to stand in front of the world as an out, loud and proud representation of what being Black, queer, and HIV positive looks like in 2022,” he added.

At the star’s unveiling, Billy also shared details of the hardships and discrimination he’s faced during his career.

“You know I heard a lot of things in my life: ‘You’re too Black, you’re too gay, too loud, too extra, try to be quieter, try fitting in, butch it up, dim your light, stop making everyone feel so uncomfortable around you.’ I tried to do all of those things, I really tried hard, but thank God I couldn’t,” he said.

“James Baldwin said, ‘It’s an artist’s job to disturb the peace,’ and as you all know, I take that job very seriously,” he also noted.

Following the ceremony, Billy wrote on Instagram: “Impossible dreams coming true. Thank you to all of my friends and family who made the trip to be here for this once-in-a-lifetime moment!”

“And to everyone who watched from home, everyone who has supported me along the way,” he added. “I am so blessed and truly grateful!”

You can watch Billy’s full Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony below.