Yaasss. NBA legend and HIV/AIDS activist Magic Johnson has come out in strong support of his gay son E.J., who earlier in the week was filmed by TMZ walking down a Los Angeles street holding hands with another man--not to mention rocking a coat straight out of Andre Leon Tally's closet.
'"We've known for a long, long time that my son E.J. was gay," the Johnson said in an interview with TMZ. "It's interesting, you know, when you're his parents — we finally had to sit down and talk about it, and I told him, 'Look, I'm going to love you regardless. Just let me know: Are you or aren't you?' And finally, he just said, 'Yes, I am.' [...] Because he wasn't going to to come to me with it.
"[...] It was, I think, a hard conversation only because he was so young, and what do you tell him at that age? What do you say to him?" Johnson continued. "But other than that, I told him, 'Hey, we are here to support you, and we're going to love you no matter who you are and what you do. We just want you to love yourself and just make sure that you have all the information.' And that's what I wanted to give him — just provide him with advice and guidance."'
Johnson's obvious love for his son his refreshing, particularly at a time when Ms. Tyler Perry is throwing the gays and those living HIV under the bus (scratch what I posted a little while back about being here for Temptation. After reading some of these articles, the most it'll get of my time is a bootleg viewing and cruising for Lance Gross pics on the 'net). Hmmm...I wonder what Magic would to say about TP's latest production? To E.J., be happy, snatch edges and prosper.
Anyway, watch Johnson talking about E.J. and on athletes coming out below.