Billy Porter became the first openly gay man to win an Pose." Porter won the Emmy on Sunday night as a first-time nominee for playing the character Pray Tell on the FX drama series.for best actor in a drama series for his role in "
The fashionable singer-actor wore a glittered suit and a towering asymmetrical hat on the stage as he accepted the award.
In his acceptance speech, he said "The category is love, y'all, love!" He also said, "I'm so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day."
"There were so many people who helped me to get here along the way ... thank you," the 50-year-old said in front of the cheering audience inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
He beat out nominees that included Bob Odenkirk, Jason Bateman and Kit Harington.
Just before the Emmys broadcast went live at 8 p.m. ET, Porter posted to Instagram: "... taking a moment to reflect on dreaming the impossible and making it a reality. Growing up, there was never representation of someone who looked like me… So to live in my truth, be loved for being who I am and standing proud as the first openly gay, black man to walk the Emmy Awards red carpet as a Lead Actor Drama nominee ..."
Porter's character on "Pose" is a father figure to young kids in the ballroom scene depicted on the hit streaming series. The win also brings him closer to achieving mythical EGOT (Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony) status, according to TV Guide. Porter previously won best actor at the Tony Awards for his performance in and earned a best musical theater Grammy for that same show, TV Guide reports.
Entertainment Tonight guest co-host Sharon Osbourne caught up with Porter ahead of his historic win, where he opened up about being his true self.
"It is proven positive that authenticity always wins no matter how long it takes. Believe in yourself. Choose yourself. Bank on yourself. And muck the rest of it. The world will catch up," he said. "Stay true to who you are even when everyone in the world is telling you not to."
The big winner of the night was "Game of Thrones," which took home an Emmy for best drama series. The ended its run on the cable channel after eight seasons. The show was nominated for 32 Emmys this year.
The Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a drama went to Peter Dinklage — for the fourth time — for his role as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones."
Peter Martinez contributed to this report.
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