Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Review: Unprotected, by Billy Porter


Unprotected, by Billy Porter. Memoir. Abrams Press, 2021. Audiobook narrated by Billy Porter.

It's hard to know where to begin with this amazing book. Billy Porter is the star of the hit TV show Pose and a Tony-winning Broadway performer best known for "Kinky Boots," a musical about a shoe factory based on the 2005 movie of the same name. And he's a good writer, too.

The book is a life's-story style memoir detailing his life from childhood through his historic Emmy win for the role of Pray Tell in Pose. It's mostly about his evolution as an artist and a person living his truth in the world. He grew up in the Philadelphia area, went to Carnegie Mellon and then made the move to New York and Broadway. The memoir details his family, both biological and chosen, and the way both have shaped him over the years.

If When you read Unprotected, I strongly recommend the audiobook version narrated by Porter himself. His voice certainly comes through in the print version but there is nothing like hearing the story in his literal voice. A gifted performer, he brings so much passion and feeling to his story and listening to him tell it is unforgettable.

The message: Love wins. His love for performing won; his love for his husband won; his love for his family won; and his love for himself won, too. And by the end, you'll be convinced that you can win, too.

FTC Disclosure: I did not receive this book for review.

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