Judge Mathis hopes his son Greg’s coming out story will help fight LGBTQ+ discrimination

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Judge Greg Mathis fighting injustice in the courtroom and at home.

During the first episode of E! Mathis Family Mattersthe television referee’s son, Greg Mathis Jr.confessed to continuing to hide his sexuality to protect his father’s reputation, a discovery which made Judge Mathis feel he “wanted to fight”.

“Anger at people, anger at homophobes, that’s how I felt,” he exclusively told E! New’ pop of the day June 22. “I felt like I wanted to fight anyone who would administer injustice, discrimination or any kind of hostility based on sexual orientation. I wanted to have them.”

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After fighting for “all disadvantaged groups criticized because of their sexual orientation, gender, poverty and race,” Judge Mathis hopes his journey and that of Greg Jr. will help promote the LGBTQ+ acceptance, especially in the black community.

“Much of it is based on religious teachings,” he shared. “We demand that the judgment be overturned, and we want the black church to fight for equality and against gay-bashing.”

Mathis Family Matters Cast

As Greg Jr. bravely spoke about his personal struggles on screen, Amir Mathis Told pop of the day it took a while to convince the whole family to come on board for the E! reality series.

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“I said, ‘Look, dad’s been on TV for 23 years. We have to start leaving our mark. If we want a platform, that’s what we have to do,’” Amir explained. “I think everyone was a little nervous because we’re a little crazy, but we were just like, ‘You know, we love each other’.”

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While Amir told producers, “”Treat me as you want and tell me what you want,” Judge Mathis had one restriction on filming: “No fuss and fights. “

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“The people on these reality shows, they keep it real with all the fuss and fights,” Judge Mathis said. “Well, that’s what you do at home, you’re messy. I’m the only messy one in my house because I like to annoy people.”

Check out the full interview above.

Mathis Family Matters airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E!.

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