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The Talker: Magic Johnson speaks in support of gay son

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Magic Johnson's son, E.J., has come out as gay and Magic has come out as 100 percent supportive.

As TMZ shared video of E.J. walking down the sunset strip hand in hand with a man, Magic spoke at length with TMZ founder Harvey Levin.

A lot of times, kids feel like they have to "come out" to their parents, but in E.J.'s case, Magic says that he and his wife knew that E.J. was gay. They initiated a conversation with him when he was 12 or 13.

"I love E.J. so much. That's my main man," Johnson says. "I told him. Nothing has changed. I just want to help you along the way because a lot of people are going to be happy for you. Then some won't understand. So you'll have to remember."

The "other people" are already taking on Magic Johnson, with a lot of critical comments online.

"There were some African American blogs where people were commenting. It was harsh. There were some harsh even mean comments on these blogs that I am sure you know about," Johnson says. "That's where it's tough. Because what happens in our community, ya know? When you think about religion comes into play, that's when he's going to get attacked."

But things are changing. A Wall Street Journal poll taken just last month shows a huge shift in black attitudes towards gay marriage.

In 2009, just 37 percent of African Americans supported gay marriage. 54 percent were opposed.

Now, there's a big change -- 51 percent support gay marriage, with 37 percent opposed.

That's pretty similar to the country overall. Polls taken in the black community right after President Obama said he supports gay marriage also showed a shift in opinion.

Magic said he hopes that his family will have that kind of impact.

"We should stop discriminating against people. I am going to support my son and others," says Johnson. "This is going to be good for young black people who want to come out. He's going to be that symbol of hope that they can now tell their parents, tell their friends."

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