• Unprotected

  • A Memoir
  • By: Billy Porter
  • Narrated by: Billy Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (2,022 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

©2021 Billy Porter (P)2021 Recorded Books

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I loved it

I cannot put into words how much I loved hearing your voice (Billy Porter) from the first word. I did not want the book to end. This book is transformational. I needed to hear this. This is a must read. Love is all we need...and this book. Thank you for sharing.

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Outstanding and very intimate personal sharing

I full heartedly recommend listening to this book as narrated by Billy Porter. Yes he so genuinely does, Billy brings his full voice and emotion to this autobiography and even sings which is such a gift and welcome surprise when listening to the book. The best book I have listened to all year. I’ve truly enjoyed this and been inspired. Billy sprinkles his life lessons and teachings throughout the book. I found this sharing most moving…”Your service is leaning into your truth. Your authenticity. That thing you’ve been told needs to be fixed. That thing everyone told you will be your liability. You are enough, just as you are. “. Absolutely outstanding book. Highly recommend. Two thumbs up, five stars. We need an award to be presented for the narration of books. Billy would win this award, hands-down.

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Amazing story teller. Love Billy even more 💕

I cried, laughed, cheered and felt so proud and inspired. Can't wait Billy is an EGOT winner!

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I didn't know his name

I hadn't heard the name Billy Porter. I don't follow Hollywood or Broadway enough to know stars but I had 3 credits so I decided to try out this book and I'm SO glad I did! He's an activist, a fighter, and a kind soul. I usually end up disliking people after reading their memoirs, but that's not the case here. I'm sure it helps that I went in with a blank slate, but my what an amazing man Billy Porter is!

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Run don't walk...EXCELLENT

His testimony is amazing. He opens by stating that this is NOT a book about coming out. He is absolutely correct. Mr. Porter has a powerful story and I want to thank him for sharing with the world. Please get this book via audible, you absolutely MUST listen to him tell his story, listen to his passion, it will take you to another level.

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What a journey

Billy only really entered my radar within the last five years. I am grateful he filled us all in via audiobook on whatever parts we never knew about: childhood cruelty and abuse, battles with Christianity, and resistance to love and joy. And I appreciated his honesty at every turn along his illustrious career.

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Amazing

I absolutely love him and his commitment to be his true self always it’s extremely inspiring love love him

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Eh … Good for the most part

I love Billy. It was great hearing his story. Being from Pittsburgh as well I could really see what was happening. At times I did feel the book ran off the track & Billy needed to be roped back
In. The book could have done without the Trump smack talk as well as the Covid talk. We’re on the same page as far as Trump goes, but the randomness of his Trump & Covid talk brought the book down. I wish he would have sang more. He didn’t give us a sample until the book was almost over.

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I’m a BIg Fan……

This was an awesome book. Narration was incredible. Billy Porter is an exceptional overall performer.

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Awesome!

This book was amazing. I loved the way Sista Billie Porter told her story. What a brave and talented person. I thought he was very talented prior to listening to this book. After listening, he’s one of my favorites. Love you Billie Porter.

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  • Ms. Deborah Klayman
  • 11-19-22

Engaging, vulnerable and hilarious

I absolutely loved hearing this story, and it is made even better with the author narrating (and singing) it. I would recommend this to everyone. From a challenging childhood through the AIDS epidemic, breaking into broadway and his long journey to the recognition he deserves, Porter is so engaging, vulnerable and hilarious that the only disappointment was when the book ended.

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  • Samantha
  • 09-27-22

Beautiful.

What a stunning story, read emotionally and perfectly. Inspiring, gutwrenching and yet so positive. WERRRK!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-22

Amazing!

Everything about the story was beautiful and my absolute favourite thing is that Billy Porter himself read the book! No one would have done is justice!

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  • M J Bennett
  • 08-30-22

Moving and inspiring 🙂

Well read. Very clear and slow.
Inspiring and brave person. Loved it.
highly recommended 😊

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  • Luke Williams
  • 06-20-22

WOWEE

Thank you Billy for an engaging, captivating, inspiring story... for sharing your truth with me.

performed by the author himself. I'm pleased to have listened to it rather than read it.

I needed to hear this! I highly recommend it to others, especially people of colour in the LGBTQ+ community.

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  • Jboy237
  • 06-18-22

One of a kind

He’s such an icon to many and you can see why. As a white guy from England it’s hard to truly relate to much of his early days but he worked so hard when he was young and didn’t have the easiest upbringing it’s hard not to be inspired. His narration was excellent as you’d expect. I wish him continued success and happiness

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  • Ido Gonen
  • 05-15-22

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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  • Ateqa M
  • 05-10-22

Billy Porter is the best

Emotional rollercoaster is a good summary for this book. Billy is an amazing human being and I'm glad he's experiencing every bit of success he deserves for he is the embodiment of living a truthful authentic life and he's a grafter! Well work, Billy, work! and keep on sharing your story and empowering your peers and educating the allies.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-28-22

loved it.

amazing, heartbreaking , powerful. Mr Porters narration was a joy to listen to. Work.

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  • Dr H V.
  • 04-08-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-22

Legendary

Thankyou Billy Porter for speaking your truth, you have given me hope and inspired me to continue the fight and always be my most authentic self love Eric HOFMEISTER

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-22

Awesome and heartbreaking

This took me back to some scary times, but I loved every minute of this book. Billy Porter made me cry and laugh

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  • Raymond I.
  • 03-25-22

Love Billy so much

This book inspired me to keep going I love you Billy thankyou for such a vivid and detailed book!

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  • Tex
  • 01-02-22

loved your story Billy!!

thank you for your honesty and being the trailblazer in the queer community and theatre, as well as your magnum opus, POSE!!