Billy Porter: 'As horrible as this is, the silver lining is that everybody is awake'

Emmy-winning actor Billy Porter, who is narrating a docu-series on LGBTQ history called "Equal," looks for the positives, as the world deals with social justice unrest and the pandemic. (Oct 20)

Video Transcript

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BILLY PORTER: 100 years ago, lesbians and gays could find their fun together in the underground world.

It was really interesting for me as somebody who knows a lot about LGBTQ history. It was good and nice to hear about stuff I didn't-- you know, there's a lot of stuff in the four-part series that I had not heard about before.

With as horrible as this is, you know, the silver lining is that everybody is awake. Most people are awake. And if you're not awake now and if you don't see it for what it is now, you never will.

I am in the process of writing a memoir right now. It is a very difficult process, yes, it is. It's the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. So, yeah. Because I'm trying to tell the truth. And I'm trying to help somebody, so that means digging deep. And it's hard.

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- You can't force us into your boxes anymore. We are not going.

- What do you say?

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