What I am so excited about is one of my sons’ sports heroes, Magic Johnson. He has recently come out as the father of a gay son. USA Today reported on Magic speaking openly about his love and acceptance for his son, E.J. (Earvin Jr). (There are 3 videos in this link, so be sure to view all three of them.) He went on to state, as a co-owner of a sports team, his job is to support and protect any player that comes out. Furthermore, by example, he and his wife, Cookie Johnson are giving other parents of gay children, permission (if you will) to openly love and support their children. One of the concerns that I have always had, especially as an African American gay Christian, is the lack of support experienced by Black LGBT people from the church community. This post is not the forum to discuss the theological interpretations and misinterpretations of the Bible as it relates to the issue of homosexuality. (I promise I will discuss the issue in future posts.) Magic stated that he and his wife attend church ‘every Sunday’ and still the Johnson household loves and support E.J. for who and what he is. That is all anyone can ask for.
Magic and Cookie Johnson, I have always loved and admired both of you. The manner in which you have handled and spoken out on this issue has pushed my support of you to another level.
God Bless you both!!!