“The category is love, y’all,” actor Billy Porter said while accepting his Emmy award for lead actor in a drama series, reports CNN.
Porter, who was honored for his work in FX’s ground-breaking period drama “Pose,” made history Sunday night by becoming the first openly gay black man to win in this category, according to the Television Academy.
His speech went on to reference acclaimed writer and activist James Baldwin as well as speak of society’s need for acceptance.
“We are the people,” Porter said. “We, as artists, are the people that get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet. Please don’t ever stop doing that. Please don’t every stop telling the truth.”