LOVE, SI­MON

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I rarely keep up with the lat­est movies, but for the first time in a long time I found a film that re­ally spoke to me.

Love, Si­mon is about a teenage boy with a se­cret. No shock there – ev­ery teen has a se­cret (it’s prac­ti­cally part of the job de­scrip­tion). But Si­mon’s se­cret is that he’s gay; and he hasn’t told any of his friends or fam­ily. He finds out that there’s an­other closet gay guy at his school who goes by the alias Blue, and starts chat­ting to him on­line. Soon their on­line ro­mance blos­soms, even though Si­mon still doesn’t know who Blue re­ally is…

I par­tic­u­larly love how Si­mon’s par­ents dealt with the story of his com­ing out – it was like they’d just met him for the first time. This is an eye-open­ing movie for fam­i­lies who have chil­dren who iden­tify as LGBT. Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Gary Ber­lanti, one of Hol­ly­wood’s strong­est LGBT ad­vo­cates, made the screen­ing of this movie ac­ces­si­ble to young peo­ple across Amer­ica as he felt it held a much-needed mes­sage. Love,

Si­mon painted a per­fect pic­ture of how my teenage years should have panned out!

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