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  • Unprotected

  • A Memoir
  • By: Billy Porter
  • Narrated by: Billy Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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Summary

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

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 performance in the celebrated TV show Pose; before he was the Tony Award-winning star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots; and before he was an acclaimed recording artist, actor, playwright, and all-around diva, Porter was a young boy who didn’t fit in. At five years old he was sent to therapy to fix his effeminacy. He was endlessly bullied at school, sexually abused by his stepfather, and came of age in a world where simply being himself was a constant struggle.

Unprotected is the story of a singular artist in his own words. It is the story of a boy whose talent, courage, and desperate determination led him through countless hard times to where he is now; an icon whose refusal to back down in the face of adversity has made him an inspiration to millions. Porter is a multitalented, multifaceted treasure at the top of his game. A soaring, resonant story, full of new revelations, and shot through with his stunning wit, Unprotected will entertain and inspire.

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So moving and emotional

Hearing Billy Porter perform (not read, perform in true Porter style) for 8 hours was incredible. His rags to riches story is truly inspirational and I was living for it. Truly this is the ONLY way to consume this book, truly. WERK!

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great book

great narrations. porter vet entertaining. more do becsuse its his life. not just for LGBTQ interest

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Sharing a personal journey...a gift

It would be hard to find words that other reviewers haven't share so i just thank Billy for sharing his life and all that is encompassed. xo

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A masterpiece, served by the man himself!

A full gag! This sets the standard for all audiobooks! It felt like Mr Porter himself was recanting his life story from his couch, and I ate it up a word at a time. Unapologetically authentic!

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Just the most wonderful memoir

I hadn’t heard anything about Billy Porter until hearing him being interviewed and then I heard about his book. What a fabulous person. He’s authentic emotional principled and should be so so proud of himself. I absolutely love him….

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inspiring and powerful.. authentic

Amazing reading... inspiring... so many quote worth moments and phrases that connect to the reader.

and real life moments that are reference points in time or relatable

well done Mr B Porter

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Excellent

Loved Billy's honesty, humour and his ability to put his heart and soul into this captivating and insightful reflection. This was my first ever audible and I'm so glad it was my first choice. Recommended as inspiration for all those people who require inspiration 👏🏿 👍🏽 ✨️

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Loved every word out of Billy’s mouth

This is a roller coaster of emotions listening to this book. It Powerful inspirational sad raw and funny. I highly recommend this book.

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Man, the queen, the story

It always fascinates me when the author reads their own biography.
Billy Porter has again shown in this audio version the reason why he is such a star!
A story that touches all those yummy, gooey, exciting pleasure sensors in my brain.
Inspiring and gag worthy. I can’t wait to know what this beautiful teacher has in store in his lifetime. Thanks Audible and Mr Porter!

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what a fantastic performance

I cried, I laughed, I raged. I can't recommend this book enough! Billy Porter is truly one of a kind!

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