When Billy Porter won a Tony for his role in the new musical Kinky Boots last night, there was barely a dry eye in Radio City Music Hall. The actor teared up during his acceptance speech, especially when he thanked his mother.
“…. my mother, Clarenda Jean Ford, at home in Pittsburgh, you are the personification of true Christianity. Your willingness to embrace that which you don’t understand with unconditional love is a template which the world could benefit from in employing,” he said. Here’s the whole speech, including where he praises the show for letting him express his spirit, here: