L.A. Rams Become the First NFL Team to Sponsor a Gay Pride Event

The newly relocated Los Angeles Rams took their first huge public step into embracing inclusion (as the St. Louis Rams) when the drafted Michael Sam – the league’s first out gay player – in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL draft, and this month they are continuing to make NFL history by being the first team to sponsor a gay pride event.

“We are proud to work with Venice Pride and to stand in alignment with the LGBT community that is such an important part of the fabric of Los Angeles.”

-       Molly Higgens, L.A. Rams V.P. of Community Affairs

For the 2nd annual pride celebration, the historic Venice sign will light up the night with rainbow colors in support of inclusion and equality, which began on June 2nd and will run until June 30th. As a sponsor, the L.A. Rams adopted the 14 blue lights that are the displayed in the letter ‘C’ of the ‘VENICE’ sign. They are not alone in their efforts as they are in the company of other organizations and companies, such as Google and BCG Digital Ventures. Most importantly, they are also accompanied by the L.A. Chargers – the second NFL team in history to support a full on gay pride event.


                                   Image from Venice Pride 2016.  Courtesy of Venice Pride's Instagram (@venicebeachpride).

                                   Image from Venice Pride 2016. Courtesy of Venice Pride's Instagram (@venicebeachpride).

Magic Johnson Opens Up to Ellen About His Son Coming Out

Basketball legend and Hall of Famer, Magic Johnson, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last Wednesday and expressed how he felt about his son coming out as gay.

“When my son came out, I was so happy for him and happy for us as parents; and we love him – EJ is amazing.”

-       Magic Johnson to Ellen DeGeneres

Earvin Johnson III, known as EJ, came out to his parents when he was just a teen, but he broke the internet when he came out publicly in April 2013 when he was spotted walking and holding hands with his then-boyfriend on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles at the age of 20. That moment was not only monumental for EJ, but for his family, too, as he had the complete support of his parents. When Ellen inquired about any advice Magic would give to other parents regarding their child’s sexuality, he was clear in his push for love and acceptance.

“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. It’s all about loving them – no matter who they are or what they decide to do … it’s so many people who try to discriminate against them, so they need you to support them, ‘cause if you don’t support them, who’s going to support them AND love them?”

-       Magic Johnson to Ellen DeGeneres

Magic's interview with Ellen:

In September 2016, Earvin and Earlitha, known as Magic and Cookie Johnson, sat down with Robin Roberts from Good Morning America to discuss Cookie’s most recent memoir, “Believing in Magic: My Story of Love, Overcoming Adversity, and Keeping Faith.” It not only discusses the aftermath of Magic’s public media announcement of his HIV-positive status in 1991 (a time when it was largely seen as only affecting gay men and drug addicts) while Cookie was two months pregnant but also tells the story of their journey of coming to terms with their son EJ’s sexuality. Magic was very honest about how he initially had a hard time accepting it as he didn’t want his son to be gay which led to him saying some things that he later apologized to him for.

“I had to come to realize that this is who he is and he is going to be happy. I knew he was looking for me (as his father) to accept who he was and I had to get out of my own way and my macho mentality.”

-       Magic Johnson to Robin Roberts

Magic and Cookie's interview with Robin Roberts:

EJ, the middle child of three, has stated that he feels privileged to have such a supportive family. 

British Vogue Just Named Its First Gay Male Editor

On Monday, Jonathan Newhouse, the Chief Executive of British Vogue’s parent company, Condé Nast International, announced that Edward Kobina Enninful will be the new Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. Enninful will not only be the first male editor since its founding in 1916 but will also be the first African-American editor amongst the 22 global issues of Vogue.

“Edward is one of the most talented and accomplished fashion editors in the

world…by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely

prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”

-       Jonathan Newhouse

Enninful, 45, was born in Ghana, raised in the Ladbroke Grove area of London with 5 siblings, and is currently working in New York. He calls modeling his “baptism into fashion” as he began his fashion career at the age of 16 as a model for i-D, a street style and youth culture British magazine, after being scouted while on the subway. 

                                                 Enninful as a model for  i-D  magazine at age 16. [Photo by Jason Evans]

                                                 Enninful as a model for i-D magazine at age 16. [Photo by Jason Evans]

At the age of 17 he was assisting with photo shoots for i-D with stylists Simon Foxton and Beth Summers, and at 18, he became one of the youngest-ever leaders of a major fashion publication when he took over as the Fashion Director. After working at i-D for 20 years, Enninful went on to work as a contributing editor for Vogue Italia where he spearheaded the magazine’s “Black Issue” (2008) that sold an extra 40,000 copies and only featured black models in an effort to end the “white-out that dominates the catwalks and magazines,” and American Vogue before he was named the Creative and Fashion Director of W, an American magazine where he increased advertising profits by 16% within his first year, in 2011 by its editor, Stefano Tonchi. In addition to his impressive magazine work, Enninful has styled many A-list clients like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, and has received a few awards along the way, including being named Fashion Creator of the Year in 2014 by the British Fashion Council and receiving an Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II in June 2016 for his services to diversity in the fashion industry.

Enninful, who is openly gay, will be replacing Alexandra Shulman who announced in January that she would be stepping down from her role of 25 years. The well-experienced gentleman known for his cheerful demeanor will take over the role on August 1 and will be the magazine’s 11th editor in its 100-year history.

“I believe we live in a world of possibility, and my appointment is a testament to this.

The world is ever-changing, as are traditional roles of male and female. The outpouring

of support from people of all backgrounds has been humbling.”

-       Enninful to NY Times

                       Edward Enninful. [Photo by Kevin Trageser for Business of Fashion, BoF]

                       Edward Enninful. [Photo by Kevin Trageser for Business of Fashion, BoF]