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28 Jun 2013

 

Billy Porter
Photo by Monica Simoes

Tony Award winner Billy Porter, star of Kinky Boots.

For me, it was the moment that gay marriage passed in New York in 2011. It was one of the first times in my life that I realized that I had taken on the characteristics of how the outside society viewed me and my love. In that moment, when I was free to marry, I realized that it was no longer okay for me to think of myself in that way. Until I respect myself and my love I can't require anybody else to do that. It was a very empowering moment that I didn't even know I needed.



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