Power of Family: LGBT Descendants From Famous Families
By Andrew Villagomez
While the rise of new gay and famous families forming over the years through the increase of marriage equality and adopation laws in the world, several already famed family lines have seen an incease of LGBT members.
Earvin Johnson III
NBA legend Magic Johnson's son E.J. (Earvin Johnson III) joined the list of LGBT children with famous families earlier this month when he publicly came out. Shortly afterward, Magic Johnson publicly voiced his longtime support for his son. E.J. is studying event design at NYU, and with his interests in journalism and media, he said he looks to Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, and RuPaul as role models.
Omar Sharif Jr.
The handsome Omar Sharif Jr., grandson of legendary actor Omar Sharif, came out last year as gay and half-Jewish, and was honored in the annual Out100. Prior to coming out, he had been the face of Coca-Cola for the Arabic world and appeared in a major Calvin Klein print campaign in Egypt. Following working for a Canadian non-profit advocacy organization for several years, this May, he will begin a new, dual position at GLAAD as a National Spokesperson and Strategic Giving Officer.
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In 2009, Marie Osmond opened up about her lesbian daughter Jessica Blosil, and said that despite her Mormon upbringing, she is extremely supportive of and close to her daughter—coming out in support for marriage as a civil right for all. Marie recenlty reaffirmed that support in an interview with Diane Sawyer. Jessica is reportedly enrolled in a police academy in the Provo, Utah, area.
Stephen Ira Beatty
The transgender son of Hollywood icons Annette Benning and Warren Beatty, Stephen Ira Beatty released a video message last year describing his transition. Stephen's parents initially struggled with their son's transition six years ago, more so Warren than Annette, but in late 2011, Warren finally accepted his transgender son by hosting a family coming out party, as reported by the National Enquirer.