An Open Love Letter to, ‘Love, Simon’

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Love, Simon is not only a heartwarming filmbut is also breaking boundaries with its diversity and uplifting message of tolerance.

Love, Simon is directed Greg Berlanti and is based off of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The film follows Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson), a closeted gay in his senior year of high school. After another closeted gay kid known as ‘Blue’ posts on the school gossip Tumblr blog, Simon, under the pseudonym of ‘Jacques’, gets in touch with him and the two become closer through emails.

However, when Martin (played by Logan Miller), who is in the school play with Simon, discovers Simon’s emails to ‘Blue’, he threatens to “out” Simon unless he helps Martin get closer to Abby (played by Alexandra Shipp), one of Simon’s best friends. Simon reluctantly agrees, all while trying to discover the identity of ‘Blue’ and dealing with his friendships and family  and school life.

Love, Simon has touched the hearts of many, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community. With its rating of PG-13, Love, Simon is directed at young adults and families. 20 years ago, such a film would be unimaginable but I have hope that Love, Simon will be the first of many diverse family films.

The film’s diversity only adds to the film’s brilliance. Love, Simon is centered around a gay main character and three major roles are played by black actors.  As a LGBTQ+ youth myself, seeing Love, Simon made me take more pride in my identity and who I am.

I can’t recommend Love, Simon enough. Regardless of your sexuality, its themes of tolerance and pride in one’s identity are universal. Love, Simon is playing in theaters now and I urge you to go and follow Simon on his journey. But be sure to bring some tissues.

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