My generation is the first. I know exactly what I’m here for. Billy Porter has made history by becoming the first male celebrity to cover Allure. My generation is the first. In this February edition, photographed by Ben Hassett, Porter turns ultra-glam looks, dripping in head-to-toe crystals, brightly hued tulle and supple leather.NoneThe Art of Beauty issue sees the 50-year-old actor, known for his eccentric style choices, explore his relationship to fashion and beauty, adding that he wasn’t always as free to express himself. Allure Magazine on Instagram: ““I’m part of the first generation of gay men, ever, who get to be out, loud, and proud in the world. And they should be.”NonePhoto via Instagram/Allure Bitches are scared. It’s a calling, it’s a ministry, it’s intentional. You get in the room, you give them flamboyant, and then they come back to you with, ‘He’s too flamboyant.’ And that’s when I started to want to murder people.”NoneThe Pose actor also discussed how cis-het men criticized him for “emasculating” them after wearing his iconic Christian Siriano gown to the 2019 Academy Awards.None Related | The Story Behind Billy Porter’s Triumphant Oscars GownNone”I said, ‘First of all if your masculinity is that weak, it should be attacked,'” he explains.”Secondly, I didn’t know I had that much power. Flamboyant was a word that was used to marginalize me and pigeonhole me and keep me in a box. But now that I do, you can expect I’ll be wielding it every f—king chance I get. As a child, his family deemed him “too flamboyant” and sent him into therapy. Every chance. And that is power.”NoneSpeaking about the AIDS epidemic and the generation of people who died while being closeted, he added: “I’m a part of the first generation of gay men, ever, who gets to be out loud and proud in the world. “Flamboyant was code for ‘You’re a f—t, and we don’t want you. Bitches…”
None”Flamboyance was a silencing mechanism for a long time with me,” he tells the outlet.