Billy Porter, who was given the Vito Russo Award from GLAAD this weekend, made as rousing a speech as Debra Messing, calling on gay people to get it together and go to war against discrimination.
He said we need to get our “war clothes” on, because:
... From slavery to emancipation to the 13th Amendment to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Movement to Stonewall to AIDS to marriage equality, we gotta remember the shoulders who we stand on, the ones who fought and died for those freedoms that we hold so dear.
He went on to call himself a survivor of the AIDS crisis and a grateful beneficiary of the marriage-equality movement:
It's time to take this moment and acknowledge that the reailty of life is that it's ever-involving, and until we can figure out how to love on another unconditionally, no one wins — NO ONE. Freedom, equality, justice, have always come at a cost, and evidently they always will.
Keep reading to see his whole speech, which was punctuated by a repurposed gospel song ...