Billy Porter was nominated for and won an Emmy last year for his Pray Tell performance and is now only lacking an Oscar to become only the 15th person ever to complete the EGOT.
What's the EGOT you ask? An EGOT is when an entertainer during their career wins an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.
So yeah, he's mad talented. He also said this when being interviewed last year for his historic Emmy win. The part I'm salty about starts at the 2:51 mark of this video
That video with his 'we in the building' comment is heightening my irritation with that comment a year later. While Porter received a second consecutive nomination for playing Pray Tell, the POSE women got snubbed for a second consecutive year.
Yes, trans actors are in the building. But they still have to fight tooth and nail for the few roles in which trans women play trans feminine characters. Hell, trans women have had to fight just to play a cis feminine character in Hollywood.
Trans masculine actors have to fight just as hard to play a trans masculine character. It took a major outcry from our community to get Halle Berry to reconsider a role in which she would be playing a trans masculine person. Same with getting Scarlett Johansson to change her mind about playing Dante 'Tex' Ritter in the Rub and Tug movie.
Trans women actors have a problem getting trans feminine roles because studio execs and casting directors are still fixated on putting cis male actors in drag to play those roles.
So no, trans people aren't even close to having equity or seeing the change you claimed had come in that 2019 interview. Your Emmy interview to our ears sounded like the dismissive 'wait your turn' crap we've been hearing from Black gay men with clout for over 50 years.
The way Black trans women are being genocidally murdered also adds a fierce urgency of now element to not only this situation, but everything we do.
That means if these women's POSE performances merit Emmy recognition, we want to see them nominated for those performances. If those nominations then turn into trans historic Emmy wins, we're good with that.
That is also the case for the trans folks working behind their camera. If they are doing award worthy work, they need to be recognized for that.
But to have a shot an winning an Emmy or any of those awards I mentioned, you have to be nominated for it. This is the flaw in Billy Porter's 2019 'we in the building' speech.
You can be in the building all you want. But if you're in the building, doing exemplary work, and are still getting ignored for unspecified reasons up to and including Hollywood transphobia and anti-Blackness, that's a problem that needs to be called out and addressed.