Billy Porter Challenges AIDS Phobia After 14 Years Of Silence
Billy Porter unveiled his secret buried for 14 years, defying HIV phobia, and declaring that he has lived with the virus for many years.
Billy Porter has revealed he’s been HIV-positive since 2007: “It’s not the only thing I am. I’m so much more than that diagnosis. And if you don’t want to work with me because of my status, you’re not worthy of me.”
Billy born September 21, 1969.
He is an American actor, singer and style icon. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and achieved fame performing on Broadway before starting a solo career as a singer and actor.
The Emmy Award-winning star kept a secret, trying to hide it from those around him, fearing marginalization and isolation, especially in his unforgiving industry, which was not in any fair way with him, to open his heart today in the hope of recovery.
In 2007, it all came tumbling down. “It was a fluke. I had a pimple on my butt, and it got larger and larger and harder and harder, and then it started to hurt. One day I was like, “I’ve got to get this taken care of,” so I went to the Callen-Lorde clinic and the queen at the front desk was like, “You want an HIV test? They only $10.” I said, “Yeah, yeah, it’s time.” I got tested every six months, like you were supposed to. So I went in, got the pimple drained and got tested, and then the doctor came back and looked at me. I was like, “What?” He sat down, and I was like, “No. Nooo.” And he said, “Your test came back positive.” Billy Said According to hollywood reporter.
The story of Billy Porter with AIDS
Billy continued “For a long time, everybody who needed to know, knew — except for my mother. I was trying to have a life and a career, and I wasn’t certain I could if the wrong people knew. It would just be another way for people to discriminate against me in an already discriminatory profession. So I tried to think about it as little as I could. I tried to block it out. But quarantine has taught me a lot. Everybody was required to sit down and shut the fuck up”.
“My husband and I rented a house on Long Island because I have a preexisting condition and I can’t be in the middle of it. I have to protect myself, and I have the means to. I’d never been given the luxury to even think about self-care or balance on any level before. It’s like I had to just keep going. COVID created a safe space for me to stop and reflect and deal with the trauma in my life. Now, I’ve been in therapy for a long time. I started when I was 25, and I’ve been going on and off for years. But in the last year, I started real trauma therapy to begin the process of healing. I started peeling back all these layers: having been sent to a psychologist at age 5 because I came out of the womb a big old queen; being sexually abused by my stepfather from the time I was 7 to the time I was 12; coming out at 16 in the middle of the AIDS crisis”.
Billy was forced to hide this ordeal from people, especially his mother.
The red carpet hijacker, he talked about his journey during all these years, the role of his loved ones and his internal suffering, and how he finally managed to get out of his traumas, and how this experience affected his personal and professional life.
Billy porter husband
Porter is openly gay; he married his husband, Adam Smith on January 14th, 2017, after meeting him in 2009. He was very keen to get married “while Obama was still president and before January 20th, 2017” so the two got engaged on December 29th, 2016 and married 2 weeks later, on January 14th, 2017.