Magic Johnson's son looks to inspire others
Growing up as Magic Johnson's son is likely tough enough, though realizing and having the courage to come out as a gay man might be even harder. However, this hasn't been the case for Magic's son, Earvin "EJ" Johnson III. EJ came out at the age of 13 and only recently opened up about his sexuality in the public eye.
News of EJ's sexual orientation came out earlier this month, when the son of the basketball great was photographed holding hands with his boyfriend in Hollywood. Since then, Magic has made it a point to publicly support his son, while also encouraging him to stay true to who he is in order to inspire other kids and young adults looking to come out, BET reports.
Though Magic has spoken out for his son, EJ has kept relatively quiet on the matter until now. The 20-year-old recently discussed coming out in the public eye during an interview with Howard Bragman on GwistTV.
According to EJ, he had always planned on "coming out in the spotlight," but never expected it would be in the manner it occurred. He also denied the rumor that the man he was holding hands with was his boyfriend, telling Bragman the man is just a friend with whom he likes to hold hands.
On the same note, EJ hopes all the media attention he's been gaining will lead way to an appearance on a talk show or radio show to help encourage other young adults to be open about who they really are.
"[I want to be] the voice for young gay people who need someone to be on TV or wherever else to talk to them and talk about all kinds of issues that all of us face," EJ told the news outlet. "[I want to talk about] not just homosexual issues but all kinds of issues. I definitely want to set a really good example."
Do you think EJ is setting a good example? Do you think it's right that the media forced him into the spotlight before he was ready?