Magic Johnson, a former NBA player, opened up to CNN's Anderson Cooper about his son his son, Earvin Johnson III. He talked about how EJ's sexual orientation doesn't not change his support or his Christian religious beliefs.
Johnson said, "And I go to church, I'm a Christian, but the reality is, my son is gay. That is the reality. And I tell pastors that, I tell other pastors that. I tell black Christians who came out with me." The next thing Johnson was quoted saying was, "but I say, I love my son, nothing is going to change that."
He also commented that at the end of the day in his community, people need to start accepting those who are gay whether in their own families or in others. It's important for both communities members and families to support those who find the bravery to come out publicly about their sexuality.
With regards to those that are opposed to LGBT people, Johnson said, "I don't care if you don't agree and you don't want to deal with me or don't like me, that is on you. But I said, tell me when it hits your own family, you know? Then you are going to have to make a decision."
Johnson and his wife Cookie had a similar interview with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah's Next Chapter. In the interivew with Oprah, Cookie spoke about how she knew, continued to love him, and supported him.
Lady Gaga tweeted that the Johnson's interview with Oprah, along with Tom Daley's coming out, made this a "inspiring and brave week."
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) December 2, 2013
All that Magic and Cookie Johnson has mentioned is exactly what unconditional love looks like. Johnson has found a place in his life for both the love of his son, regardless of his sexual orientation, and also a place for his religious beliefs. It's important that Magic Johnson as a notable athlete came forward about both his support for his faith and his gay son. He showed to the sports world that he has place for both the LGBT community and his faith in his life.
He makes a great point by saying this is the reality of life. More and more people, whether they're athletes, former athletes, or even fans of sports, they are going to have some sort of connection with the LGBT community and it's important to acknowledge that.
Watch Johnson's interview with Anderson Cooper here:
And watch the interview with Oprah Winfrey here: