Billy Porter has praised his hit series Pose for altering the way gay black men are perceived in the media.

The 49-year-old has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Pray Tell in the Ryan Murphy show. Speaking at the 92nd Street Y community centre in New York on Tuesday, he explained how roles for black gay men are changing fast.

"You get used to being (cast as) the funny friend," he told a crowd, according to the New York Post. "You get used to the industry cutting your d**k off because you're a queen."

He went on to laud Murphy and bosses at the network for commissioning the show, about New York City's African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 1980s, insisting he's "grateful" for the impact the series has had.

"When we have these moments where we can create a space that shows African-American men trying to figure out how to love each other as opposed to how to kill each other," the star continued. "I am so grateful to be a part of what I see as the change."

The season two finale of Pose airs on FX next Tuesday.