Although Johnson is all about superficial fashion and bling, he's also aware that as a public figure who is a member of two minority groups, he knows there's a certain responsibility there. When talking about his role as the Celebrity Grand Marshall of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, Johnson said, "We represent our community very well. Whether it's the African-American community, or in my case, the gay community, it's important to make sure that we represent those communities in a positive way." And he recognizes how lucky he his to be able to live freely as "a young Black man in the public eye who plays with gender norms," as BET put it. "I'm fortunate that I'm in a world where I can do what I want to do and walk down the street in whatever I want to wear and break those walls down," he said.
Johnson also has solid advice for any closeted young people out there who might be looking to his lifestyle as a road map for their own. "I say dance around in your closet when no one is looking until the time is right. Try your hardest to work towards getting to a place within yourself or the country where you can go and express yourself and come back and tell your story. I think that if getting out is really the only way to be able to live your life then that's something to think about. And not like running away without anything, but if you can go to school somewhere else or live with somebody else, maybe think about that, but also just make sure you're safe. That's something my dad always told me: Make sure you check your surroundings and be you, do you, but make sure you're not putting yourself in dangerous situations where you could get hurt."