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Why Teens Are In Love With ‘Love, Simon’

When I first saw the trailer for Love, Simon, like almost any other gay teen, I cried. Like genuinely, tears-rushing-down-my-face sort of crying. I was so overwhelmed with happiness, I watched that trailer again. And again. And again.

I couldn’t believe I was finally getting the blockbuster rom-com I had waited for all my life. It was hard to even contain my excitement as I texted my friends in all caps that we were finally getting the movie we’ve always wanted.

I still get teary-eyed every time I watch Nick Robinson deliver my new favorite movie line: “Except I have one huge ass secret… nobody knows I’m gay.”

Like, come on? How great is that!? This is the representation I’ve waited 18 years for. And this is the representation that I am going to be grateful for the next 18 more. To 20th Century Fox, I offer a sincere thank you. As I near the end of high school, I couldn’t think of a movie more satisfying than this to culminate my experience. Please continue to be so cutting-edge and incredible.

This movie — and the incredible book that it is based on — has helped so many of us here at Affinity. It has resonated with us as we, much like Simon, come to terms with our own sexualities and identities.

Simon’s life definitely isn’t perfect. But I don’t want it to be. It is refreshing to see a gay teenager crying just as much as it is to see him smiling. It’s The Edge of Seventeen — but oh so much more gay.

As Kevin Fallon put it, “It’s a film that we swooned and winced and cringed and grinned through, the journey the best coming-of-age movies take their audiences on.”

I’ve seen the hilarious billboards. I’ve seen the trailers. I’ve seen the tweets and read the reviews. I’m ready — we all are — to watch the adorable Simon represent us in mainstream, blockbuster fashion. I’m still in awe that it’s happening. But I’m happy every day that it is.

And to whatever producer or intern helped create the funny, adorable tagline “Coming Out March 16,” thank you. Even that small detail shows you care.

Cover Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

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