In a world where, unfortunately, hateful groups like the Westboro Baptist Church still exist and kids are routinely bullied for being different, it's refreshing -- inspiring! -- to hear about parents who support and love their children for exactly who they are ... especially when one of those parents happens to be Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Johnson's 20-year-old son Earvin Johnson III, otherwise known as EJ, recently strolled down the Sunset Strip holding his boyfriend's hand -- looking pretty dang happy, I might add. And Magic Johnson couldn't be happier for him: "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way ... We're very proud of him."
Well, no wonder EJ looks happy! And he sounds equally proud of his dad.
As a paparazzo peppered him with questions about his dad's team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, EJ responded with remarkable grace (even calling the paparazzo "sir"), betraying not the slightest hint of annoyance. "I'm sorry I don't have any inside information for you, sir," he said. "I'm just hoping and praying like everybody else."
It can't be easy to be the son of a living sports legend -- can you imagine all the comments growing up from (well-meaning, but still) people? Hey son, bet you're just like the old man on the court! Do you want to be a pro basketball player when you grow up like your father?
But here he is at 20 years old, seemingly confident and comfortable with his identity (which is quite an accomplishment for anybody at 20 years old). Magic Johnson must've done something right -- and I hope other parents in testosterone-heavy careers can follow his lead.
Do you think more famous parents should publicly support their gay children?
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