At HRC’s National Dinner Saturday night, Billy Porter premiered his still unrecorded new song "All That Matters."
“A number of years back, I wrote this tune in support of the marriage equality movement and recently I realized that the lyric and sentiment of the song transcends just marriage and embraces the fact that something Martin Luther King Jr. said that, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that,” he said at the event. “And hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. Am I right? Love is love is love is love is love is love and that’s all that matters.”
Porter is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director. Among his numerous critically acclaimed roles, Porter starred as “Lola” in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.
Porter told OUT Magazine, “There are many parallels between Lola and myself — mainly the idea of being an outsider and holding on to who you are. I think the joy and the pleasure of Kinky Boots is that it transcends sexuality, it transcends stereotypes, and it transcends fear, which I think motivates a lot of the bigotry and homophobia that exists in the world. It’s nice to reach people at a human level.”
Watch the video below to listen to the song and click here for all the videos from the 20th annual National Dinner.