Pride Month: Billy Porter’s ‘Anything’s Possible’ is a Gutsy Trans Coming-of-Age Story

As a gay black man coming from a conservative Pentecostal upbringing in Pittsburgh, Billy Porter has been an inspiring success story – working his way up through film, television and theater before finally winning a 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots. Then as one of the stars of the hit series Pose, his fame skyrocketed.

Now mainstreamed enough to make regular appearances on network morning talk shows, he is very much using his newfound clout for the greater LGBTQ good. And so comes the first trailer for his new and hopefully-titled film Anything’s Possible – from Orion Pictures, debuting globally on Amazon Prime Video July 22 – the touching trans coming-of-age story we all really need right now. (Porter produced and directed.)

It stars real-life trans girl Eva Reign as the 17-year-old trans high school senior Kelsa, dealing with all of the usual difficulties of teenage life and, of course, then some. As the trailer opens on art class, the teacher asks students to pair up to paint a portrait of each other, and Kelsa is teamed up with handsome classmate Khal (Abubakr Ali). He ultimately develops a crush on her (and she on him), and they have a defining exchange:

Kelsa: “I hate when people say I’m being brave. ‘You’re transitioning so young.'”

Khal: “It’s not that brave if you’re just being who you are.”

He eventually musters the courage to ask her out, being fully aware of the complications that may arise. Sure enough, one of Kelsa’s friends later accuses Khal of dating her just for the “woke” points. Ouch.

But he courageously insists to her, “We could live our own life, or spend the rest of our lives wondering ‘what if'” And that’s what this captivatingly charming film seemingly hopes to answer: What if it didn’t have to be so difficult to just love who we want to love?

At a time in America when LGBTQ rights are genuinely under assault, the urgency of Anything’s Possible, especially for young people, cannot possibly be overstated.

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