To close out Black History Month on this auspicious leap day, Billy Porter peeps. Thank you for your fluidity, thank you for being brave enough to broadcast it from the tops of mountains. Representation is important, especially for men of color who are given less freedom to be fluid. Black culture can be very critical and rigid regarding gender roles. Take a bow. Which look is your red carpet steeze? Photos: Billy Porter
This is for every man, but really for you.
It is okay to be soft, to express the divine feminine which resides in you. From which you were birthed. It is okay to explore the fluidity of your sexuality. Like that of some liberal white men. Without shame or fear.
You can be fluid in other things too: your style, your interest, what it means to be a man. Their labels should not brand your skin, the way the whip or fire stoker did.
Not the man, not the boys on the block, not the store owner eyeing you, or the woman who moves her purse when you are near.
Throw away the weight of the world and their stereotypes. You are responsible for defining you. You are human.