Billy Porter Wins Tony for Kinky Boots, Thanks Accepting Christian Mom

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com June 10 2013 4:10 PM ET

Billy Porter, one of the stars of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, accepted a Tony for his performance Sunday night and thanked his mother for accepting him for being who he is, even when religious doctrine may not agree. 
 
Though Porter is a Broadway veteran, this was his first nomination and first win, according to the Associated Press. 
 
The show is about a shoe factory that turns its business around by producing footwear for drag queens. Porter plays a man who is plagued by his tumultuous relationship with his father. 
 
Watch his acceptance speech below: 
 
For more on the Tony Awards, check Out's recap on Red Carpet style and Michael Musto's reportage of the evening.