Billy Porter’s empowering new video calls for resistance in Trump era

Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer Billy Porter has released a bold new video for “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” featuring images of empowerment and resistance amid a hostile political climate threatening to roll back progress.

Change is possible during such difficult times, a message the Broadway star stresses, closing the video with calls to resist and vote.

In interwoven footage, Porter speaks about the progress on the bumpy road to equality and acceptance -- having faced challenges growing up poor, black, and gay in Pittsburgh, to later marrying his now-husband Adam Smith – arriving at a sudden halt with Trump’s election. Among the footage included is Porter’s acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2017. There, he received the Vito Russo Award, which is presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.

The single is off of Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers, a Sony Masterworks-released album featuring soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs alongside spoken messages about acceptance. 

Porter is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, actor, playwright and director. Most recently, he released the album Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers. He is an outspoken advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ issues who has advanced LGBTQ stories on and off the stage. Porter received the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his groundbreaking performance as drag artist Lola in the hit musical Kinky Boots. He also created theatre productions While Yet I Live and the GLAAD Media Award-nominated Ghetto Superstar (The Man That I Am), both about his life growing up as black, gay, Christian man in Pittsburgh, PennsylvainiaPorter pushed for marriage equality as a Board Member of the Empire State Pride Agenda and consistently demonstrates his commitment to LGBTQ youth by working with organizations including the Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ homeless youth in New York City.

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