“Unprotected: A Memoir” by Billy Poster— Race, Sexuality, Art and Healing

Porter, Billy. “Unprotected: A Memoir”,Abrams, 2021.

Race, Sexuality, Art and Healing

Amos Lassen

Billy Porter is one of our beloved entertainers and now he shares what it was growing up Black and gay in America. Porter was a young boy in Pittsburgh who was seen as different. At five years old, he was sent to therapy to “fix” his effeminacy. He was constantly bullied at school, sexually abused by his stepfather, and criticized at his church, coming of age in a world where simply being himself was a constant battle and struggle.

In “Unprotected”, Porter shares hislife story in his own words. This is the story of courage and  of a boy whose talent began to open doors for him. He lived in trauma but had the  determination to get through hard times and to become an icon. He refuses to back down or hide and he is an inspiration to so many.  He is important and relevant and as he heals from his trauma, we see how to face our own. He is the embodiment of an artist and a class act in all aspects.

This is a story “of survival, commitment to authenticity, and healing; a road map out of hell.”