EJ Johnson and his mother, Cookie Johnson, recently attended the 2019 Transgender & Non-Binary Youth Conference to talk about their family experience of love and acceptance. The duo looked terrific as usual, and EJ easily stole the spotlight with his outfit.
Magic Johnson’s family is known for supporting several causes under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, and as part of their work, EJ and Cookie Johnson recently took part in a panel about love and acceptance at the “2019 Transgender & Non-Binary Youth Conference.”
The conference, according to its webpage, was “an educational and community-building event focused on the experiences and issues facing trans and non-binary youth of color and those have navigated the foster care system.”
EJ, who came out as gay to his parents at 13, and the world when he was 21, knows a thing or two about facing struggles for being different, as he’s also known for his flashy and gender-neutral intake on fashion.
For the event, EJ rocked a toned-down outfit—in comparison with some of his other looks—wearing a long sleeve white shirt under a black fringed top, and a matching mini skirt that put his toned legs on display. He completed the outfit with ankle heel boots and his natural makeup touch.
Cookie, on the other hand, chose an off-the-shoulder white shirt with ruffled sleeves and a cinched waist, black leather pants, and high heels boots.
“Had an amazing kiki with my incredible mommy @thecookiej at the Los Angeles transgender nonbinary youth convention. It was so beautiful sharing our story of unconditional love and growth as a family as well as encouraging the young people to be and love whatever and whoever they want. We are all worthy of love, greatness, and success #teamthis.”
Fans of the former “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” star took over the comment section to gush about EJ’s with pride.
“Love you guys and so very proud of your family!! True examples of unconditional love #familyiseverything,” wrote one user.
Another replied, “As someone who works in education. Please keep doing what you are doing. You make a difference, and you are amazing.”
And a third one agreed, “More black parents in our community need to follow the kind of support that Cookie and Magic show!!!”
EJ has been controversial since he started to be true to himself, earning harsh critics and negative comments from close-minded people that believe he shouldn’t dress “like a girl” and instead, should be playing basketball as his dad did once.
However, the 26-year-old carries himself with poise and confidence, muting the naysayers and focusing on bringing his message of acceptance and self-love to more young people across the nation.
For his efforts in helping the LGBTQ+ community, the HRC Foundation recently honored him with the Upstander Award at its annual Time to THRIVE Conference in Anaheim, California.
One of the most asked questions about EJ on social media is whether he wants to transition or not.
Back in 2016, EJ admitted on his show “EJNYC,” that witnessing Caitlyn Jenner’s transition journey made him reflect about the possibility of making the change too. In the end, he concluded he was comfortable with his body.
“I was just like, 'Well do I want to transition? Is this something that I would do?' But I don't feel incomplete in that way. I don't feel the need to do that,” he said at the time.
Three years later, people still keep nagging EJ about transitioning. So, in his recent interview with longtime friend Justin Sylvester in the E! Entertainment show “Just The Sip,” EJ set the record straight once and for all saying:
“I like myself the way I am, I am very happy with myself, and I think that I always say that I think if you feel like you're not in the right body, then, by all means, get to where you want to be. I don't feel that I am in the wrong body; I feel like this is the body that I'm supposed to be in. I don't feel the need to transition; I am almost 100 percent that I won't."
EJ also revealed on the interview that he looks forward to dating someone “for real” this year, and hopes to get an acting role in any movie or series. “I’ve told my story, and that’s been great,” he said. “But now I want to tell other people’s stories.”