Unprotected: A Memoir

Written by:
Billy Porter
Narrated by:
Billy Porter

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2021
12 hours 22 minutes
“This is not a coming-out story. It’s not a down-low story either. I never could have passed for straight, even if I’d wanted to, and so I never had the dubious luxury of living a lie.”

From the incomparable Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner, a powerful and revealing autobiography about race, sexuality, art, and healing

It’s easy to be yourself when who and what you are is in vogue. But growing up Black and gay in America has never been easy. Before Billy Porter was slaying red carpets and giving an iconic Emmy-winning performance in the celebrated TV show Pose; before he was the
groundbreaking Tony and Grammy Award–winning star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots; and before he was an acclaimed recording artist, actor, playwright, director, and all-around legend, Porter was a young boy in Pittsburgh who was seen as different, who didn’t fit in.
At five years old, Porter was sent to therapy to “fix” his effeminacy. He was endlessly bullied at school, sexually abused by his stepfather, and criticized at his church. Porter came of age in a world where simply being himself was a constant struggle.

Billy Porter’s Unprotected is the life story of a singular artist and survivor in his own words. It is the story of a boy whose talent and courage opened doors for him, but only a crack. It is the story of a teenager discovering himself, learning his voice and his craft amid deep
trauma. And it is the story of a young man whose unbreakable determination led him through countless hard times to where he is now; a proud icon who refuses to back down or hide. Porter is a multitalented, multifaceted treasure at the top of his game, and
Unprotected is a resonant, inspirational story of trauma and healing, shot through with his singular voice.
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Billy Porter is so iconic! He is truly a one of a kind human being and makes this book come alive, his courage is unmatched along with his fierce determination to go out and get what's his. A wonderful story of grit, dedication, trauma, resilience, with such a wonderful triumph! This story has it all and I can only hope he comes out with more.

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Edward B.

I have a new found and extream respect for mister Billy Porter now. After seeing the terrible comments from people after it was announced he would be portraying James Baldwin...and now reading his auto biography. I feel incredibly excited to see his portrayal. I believe he will do a masterful job and hope he gives a Oscar...no wait I know he will give a Oscar winning performance for all the haters.

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Linda F

Billy’s story is haunting. Nobody else could have narrated his memoir, and I am so glad to have had a chance to get to know him better. My daughter was the make-up supervisor on the First National Tour of Kinky Boots and had the amazing experience of doing Billy’s Lola make-up for the week the show was in his hometown, Pittsburgh. She spoke to me about his kindness and his talent. Thank you, Billy, for sharing your story - the struggles and the triumphs- with us!

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Marian Q.

Mr. Porter has had so many struggles, and never gave up. He believed in himself when others did not. His memoir opened my eyes and my heart. His success is well deserved.

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Billy Porter is awesome and his story is a must listen.

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Billy Porter was funny and witty as he told his truths. I laughed (a lot). I cried. I reflected. I learned some valuable truths to many misconceptions I once held. I am glad that I saw him in Cinderella and that it led me to pick up his book!

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Marc A.

Excellent and honest in every way!

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Liv N.

This book is so touching and helped me find the strength and love for myself that I needed

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