Parenting Our Gay Children: Choose Love Above All

Earvin Johnson Jr. (TMZ screenshot); Magic Johnson (Louis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)
Earvin Johnson Jr. (TMZ screenshot); Magic Johnson (Louis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

The Tom Joyner Morning Show's Nikki Woods writes at that parents should choose love upon learning that their child is gay or lesbian, citing as an example Magic Johnson's support of his son Earvin Johnson Jr.

Last week the world learned what basketball great Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie had known for many years — that their son, Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. was gay. If you didn't already respect Magic for appearing to be a stand up guy, a philanthropist and a businessman who has invested heavily in inner-cities, then perhaps he'll earn it with his response to the "outing" of his namesake:  "Cookie and I have always been proud of EJ and will always support him."

I think most people with children have wondered at one point or another how we would react to learning that they were gay.

Decades ago, parents had excuses for not handling the news as well as Magic and Cookie. Back then there were few, if any, examples to follow. There was no Oprah or Dr. Phil out there to remind people that others were experiencing the same things that they were.

No matter what your religion, politics, or upbringing has taught you, when it comes to people, even our children, some things just are as they are. Some are left handed, some have freckles, some are attracted to the same sex as they are,  and some will never feel normal living  as a boy when they feel like a girl and vice versa.


Read Nikki Woods' entire piece at

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