Magic Johnson’s gay son thankful to have parents who didn’t reject him and leave him homeless

EJ Johnson: 'I don't know what it will take for parents to finally stop abandoning their kids just for being themselves'

Magic Johnson’s gay son thankful to have parents who didn’t reject him and leave him homeless
05 June 2014

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson says he is able to be a confident man today because he had parents who stood by him when he came out as a teenager.

‘I had no idea what a rare gift that was,’ EJ Johnson writes in a Huffington Post column published this week.

He points out that as LGBT civil rights victories continue to happen at a dizzying pace, hundreds of thousands of parents are still kicking their kids out of the house.

An estimated 320,000 to 400,000 LGBT youth face being homeless each year, Johnson points out.

‘I don’t know what it will take for parents to finally stop abandoning their kids just for being themselves,’ writes Johnson who works as a fashion expert for E!

‘I’ve been asked if young LGBT kids might see me as a role model. That’s flattering, but I really hope their parents look to my parents instead.’

But because that is not the case far too often Johnson is throwing his public support behind such places as the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the Ali Forney Center in New York, the Ruth Ellis Center in Michigan and others who are stepping in to care for LGBT young people.

In particular, Johnson touts the expansion plans bu the LA Center which is raising $25 million to help build a shelter with 100 beds for homeless LGBT youth.

‘Things seem to keep on getting better for our community as a whole, yet the Center is caring for more homeless LGBT youth than ever,’ he writes.

‘When I get married and have kids myself someday, I’ll be trying to live up to what my parents taught me: It doesn’t matter who you are or how successful you are, loving your children comes first.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Majority of Maryland voters in favor of gay marriage

54% of Marylanders in pre-ballot poll in favor of keeping new gay marriage law
No thumbnail available

Gay Libyan slams his country's UN hate rant

Libyan activist responds to UN envoy's claims that gays are a threat to humanity
No thumbnail available

Conference cancels bookings at Brunei owned LA hotel over plans to stone gays to death

A conference of high worth donors to LGBTI causes has taken its business away from The Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to protest its owner’s, the Sultanate of Brunei, new policy of stoning homosexuals to death
No thumbnail available

Gay twins turn their devotion to Dolly Parton into film

'Hollywood to Dollywood' chronicles Gary and Larry Lane's cross-country adventure
No thumbnail available

Two men from Mali saved from execution for having gay sex

Two men from Gao, Mali have been saved by French troops from execution for allegedly having gay sex
No thumbnail available

New York street named after murdered gay man

A street in Sunnyside, Queens has been named after Louis Rispoli, a 62-year-old gay man who was killed blocks from his home
No thumbnail available

LGBTI homeless shelter for 250 people planned for Poland

A shelter for marginalized LGBTI people has been proposed for the Polish city of Warsaw that would house 250 people and provide free meals and help to find jobs
No thumbnail available

Poll reveals Delaware backs gay marriage

Poll result show a large majority of Delaware residents back marriage equality
No thumbnail available

Man's body found in Manchester gay area

Police are appealing for information on unidentified body of man found in Canal Street district
Girl Scouts troop returns $100,000 from transphobic donor and raises three times as much

Girl Scouts troop returns $100,000 from transphobic donor and raises three times as much

Donor made this request: 'Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money'