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Here’s Billy Porter delivering the LGBTI State of the Union

Here’s Billy Porter delivering the LGBTI State of the Union

Billy Porter giving an LGBTI State of the Union

Ahead of Donald Trump’s State of the Union tonight, LGBTI actor and activist Billy Porter teamed with LOGO to deliver one himself.

During a president’s State of the Union, they address Congress, the nation, and the world about where the US stands and where it is going.

For Trump’s speech, there are reports he may address the HIV crisis. His address will air at 9pm EST.

In the 7-minute speech, Porter addresses the LGBTI community, highlighting our triumphs, history, and challenges. He also highlights this year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

‘While our rights are under threat, and the sanctity of identities is in peril, let me be clear: the state of our union is strong,’ Porter states at the start.

‘As LGBTQ people, we face hate every day, due to the simple fact of our existence,’ he continues, discussing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and meeting hate with love, as he does.

Porter lists several statistics showcasing the violence against LGBTI people, including transgender people — most often women of color — being killed in alarming numbers.

Fight with love

Porter states unequivocally the answer to such hate is love.

His advice is to ‘stand in solidarity’ with LGBTI people not only in the US, but around the world, such as those suffering in Chechnya. He also speaks of the violence in Brazil, and the election of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

‘We will fight hate by sharing their stories so the world may never turn a blind eye to injustice.’

Celebrate our victories

In the last few minutes of the speech, Porter turns directly to the US and the Trump-Pence administration. Instead of focusing on their injustices, however, he discusses our victories, stating: ‘We ain’t going no damn where.’

He brings attention to the successful midterm elections, Democrats running against Trump in next year’s presidential election, Janelle Monáe’s Grammy nomination, and more.

New York City is also hosting World Pride for the first time this year — during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Porter ends his speech on a note of hope: ‘Our best days are ahead of us. Onward, and upward. God bless our LGBTQ community.’

See also

Kirsten Gillibrand is bringing trans service member to State of the Union

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be recognized at the 2019 VH1 Trailblazer Honors

Rep. Maxine Waters calls for full LGBTI equality