NBA Legend Isiah Thomas’ Gay Son Reveals How He Came Out To His Family

zeke_stepsx633-mainI came out in 2008, my sophomore year at college. My parents like to say they always knew I was gay. I came out to them, and they were very accepting. I always knew they would be accepting. Growing up, I had gay uncles, like every kid in America. I never was so scared that my parents were going to shun or disown me — the horror stories you hear. I was just nervous about, ‘Are my friends gonna accept me?’ because I was a jock kid, so to speak, with an athlete father.”


Zeke Thomas, son of NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and official DJ for the annual NBA All-Star game, shares his coming out story in an interview with Out’s Michael Musto

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  • CCTR

    A cool irony that both NBA stars and one time good friends Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson both have openly gay sons that they (the fathers) support.

  • Mr. E. Jones

    Ok, I’ll say it–that kid is damn good looking!

  • Dakotahgeo

    This is the way the story SHOULD read for every GLBTQI person of any age. Zeke, I’m so happy for you! Your family has been blessed.
    Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain (Ret.)

  • CCTR

    @Mr. E. Jones: I didn’t want to get bombarded with being shallow…what do his looks have to do with it comments but he does look good!!! on google looking for more photos of him

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Mr. E. Jones: DOUBLE damn good-looking!

  • guyingpp

    @ CCTR … and two athletes that were dogged with gay rumors for quite a while themselves.

  • Scribe38

    My mother loved his father and had me watch every game he was in when he played for Detroit. I use to love watch when Thomas and Johnson kiss on the court. Happy things worked out for the kid.

  • Aric

    Jesus, he’s hot. Good for him and his parents.

  • that_dude247

    Magic and Isaiah were gay. Maybe it is in the genes lol

  • Kangol

    I’m glad to hear his parents have been so supportive, as have Magic Johnson and his wife with his gay son. If only more people could follow their example in this regard.

  • Guess

    Hi! Quick spelling correction is in order (spelled both ways in this article)…

    I-S-I-A-H Thomas is the correct spelling for Zeke’s dad, who’s retired.

    I-S-A-I-A-H Thomas happens to be the unrelated spelling of a current NBA player, a top player for the Sacramento Kings. Isaiah’s dad, the story goes, was a Lakers fan who bet a Pistons fan that L.A. would beat Detroit in the NBA Finals. Detroit won, and in losing the bet the dad with the same surname agreed to name his son ‘Isiah’. The mother wanted the name to match with a Biblical name, so the “a” was inserted. (Sources are in Isaiah’s Wiki page).

  • northwest

    Gorgeous guy – so glad to hear that his coming out experience was a happy one.

  • Black Pegasus

    Reading his story fills me with pride! So glad he’s good looking and masculine! Too bad Magic Johnson’s fat queeny son missed the mark.

  • Black Pegasus

    @that_dude247: that’s an incredibly reckless comment to make if you can’t support it with proof.

  • davincibarnette

    @Black Pegasus: Please re-read your comment until you can see how contradictory it is. Until you are able to seehow wrong it is that you feel any right to being treated fairly & equally by anyone, for any reason, at any time, until you realize what is wrong with your comment and feelings on the matter.

    Be well, be enlightened.

  • mcflyer54

    @Black Pegasus: if Magic’s son has somehow failed to meet your expectations that simply shows how shallow and callous you are. This world is made up of all different kinds of people and to judge their worth based solely on physical appearance is more of a negative reflection of the type of human being you are then a condemnation of those you attempt to demean.

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