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Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the legendary basketball player, has given advice to the parents of LGBTQ youth while speaking to Ellen DeGeneres about his son EJ III coming out as gay last year.
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"I think it's all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be, or what you want them to become," Johnson said on the Ellen talk show. "It's all about loving them no matter who they are, what they decide to do. And when my son came out, I was so happy for him, and happy for us as parents – and we love him, and EJ is amazing."
"So, you gotta support your child, because there's so many people who try to discriminate against them, so they need you to support him, 'cause if you don't support him, who's gonna support him and love them?" he added. "You know, it's really important."
EJ Johnson has amassed a huge Instagram following with his fierce looks. Last year he spoke to Entertainment Tonight about gender identity, saying: "I think that a lot of people have always had a lot of questions about that. I play in men's and women's wear, and I kinda mix and things like that. I think it was an important conversation to have."
Earlier this month Johnson's wife Cookie said that it had taken the parents a while to get their heads around the idea, and explained why she dedicated a chapter of her 2016 memoir to her son.
"I did that because I wanted the world to know, you know, accept your children when they're babies. That way you instil positive things in them, and they can have a lot of self confidence, and go into this world and do wonderful things.
"It took me a long time to understand who he was and to get on board, and I wrote that chapter because I wanted other young parents to understand, don't wait so long. This is who they are. Embrace them from the beginning."