Magic Johnson’s Gay Son E.J. Goes Public

Magic Johnson's son, Earvin III, sashays through the airport with his latest boyfriend on the way to attend a Lakers game.  His mom and dad made a statement of love and support and frankly, that should be the end of any more statements (Courtesy: TMZ)

Magic Johnson’s son, Earvin III, sashays down Sunset Boulevard hand in hand with his latest flame on the way to attend a Lakers game. His mom and dad made a statement of love and support and frankly, that should be it (Courtesy: TMZ)

Hey, it’s time.  No more lying and no more hiding.  I’m glad for E.J.and his family.  I can well imagine what will ensue when and if he decides to get married, but it may not be to this young guy.

Leave it to TMZ.com.  Those guys are on the dime.   Magic and Cookie may have released the statement first, but TMZ rushed around to find the young man and his squeeze first.

E.J. reminds me a little of the flamboyant Andre Leon Talley, the former Vogue editor-at-large.  Large is right: the former basketballer’s son looks a bit shorter as well as stouter in these photos.  I guess he was still in New York mode with that fur coat, because it’s a bit balmy in La-La-Land.  E.J. is studying at NYU, but there is no word as to his major.  NYU does have the Tisch School of the Arts, which has turned out top actors, playwrights, musicians, dancers and directors.  Add to this designers for the stage: costume, scenery, and lighting and stage production.  So I wouldn’t be surprised that design is where E.J. is going with his talents, and it’s a very good school.

Magic Johnson and his family in 2009; from left to right is EJ, Magic, Cookie, and Elisa.  The photo was taken in L.A. near Nordstrom's (Courtesy: Rolling Out)

Magic Johnson and his family in 2009; from left to right is E.J., Magic, Cookie, and Elisa. The photo was taken in L.A. near Nordstrom’s (Courtesy: Rolling Out)

And for those of you who want to readily blame Magic for not raising his children correctly, or for messing around too many women before he contracted the AIDS virus, understand that homosexuality was already within E.J. while he was in the womb.  I refuse to see this development as some kind of celestial judgment or punishment.  No amount of careful child-rearing—or worse, whippings to “correct” his obvious queen characteristics—could change Earvin Johnson III from gay to straight.

Earvin Johnson III, one of Magic’s three children, stepped out hand-in-hand with his unidentified boyfriend on Los Angeles‘s Sunset Strip on Monday night, TMZ reports.

Although this is reportedly the first time Earvin, also known as EJ, and his boyfriend have been seen together publicly, there is nothing to suggest that he was not open about his sexuality prior to this.

EJ is a 20-year-old student at New York University and Magic and his wife, Earlitha “Cookie” Kelly, couldn’t be prouder of him. “Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way,” Magic told TMZ. “We’re very proud of him.”

When Magic revealed he was HIV-positive in 1991, rumors about his sexuality arose. Instead of recoiling from the spotlight and the speculation, the former Los Angeles Lakers player used his celebrity to spread awareness and tolerance.

Back in 2008, Magic opposed California’s Proposition 8 — a clause that banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Prop 8 singles out one group of Californians to be treated differently — including members of our family, our friends, and our coworkers,” he said in a recorded telephone message sent to California voters. “That is not what California is about. So this Tuesday, vote no on Proposition 8. It is unfair and wrong. Thanks.”

Magic is not alone in his stance. More and more athletes are speaking out in support of equality as of late.

E.J. is that child Cookie had for Magic after he announced that he had the AIDS virus in 1991.  Magic also has another grown son, Andre, 32, from Melissa Mitchell. Mitchell and Johnson did not marry, and Andre was raised primarily by his mother, although he visited his father each summer.   Andre now works for Magic Johnson Enterprises.  Magic and Cookie adopted a daughter, Elisa, in 1995.

The world does turn, doesn’t it?  I can only think that this grand coming out is because Prop. 8 being debated by the Supremes.  Get ready for some more reveals of gay children and formerly closeted or on the quiet gay celebrities (I mean you too, Robin Roberts, as rumor has it), especially after the men and women in black robes finally rule on the question of gay marriage, at least in California.

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~ by blksista on April 2, 2013.

2 Responses to “Magic Johnson’s Gay Son E.J. Goes Public”

  1. I am really happy this young man is comfortable with coming out, but I wish someone would educate him on what animals go through for people to wear fur.

    • Looks may be deceiving; it could be that it’s fake. Manufacturers have done some great work with fake fur in making them look more real than the originals. Don’t assume.

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