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Love, Simon is helping people come out

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Newly released film Love, Simon has received rave reviews – and is helping young people come out in the process

As the first mainstream studio film with a gay lead, Love, Simon has made headlines – and it looks like it could be changing lives, too. 

Starring Nick Robinson, the film shows teenager Simon Spier’s journey – from keeping his sexuality a secret from his friends and family, to finally coming out. 

And beyond critical success – the film has been praised by stars including Neil Patrick Harris and Kirsten Bell – multiple fans have taken to social media to say the film has inspired them to come out. 

“We’re going to see Love, Simon today and I might come out to my mom,” one user wrote. “#LoveSimon gave me the courage to come out to the remainder of my family today. 6 years of not exhaling, thank you for giving me that,” said another.

And now author Becky Albertalli, who wrote the book Love, Simon was based on, has revealed that the response has been “really special” and “so humbling”. 

“Most of us were kind of surprised to realise that it was the first of its kind. It just seems like that shouldn’t be the case in 2018,” she told the BBC. “There should have been a lot of films like this! It’s just a sweet rom-com.”

“It’s exciting to be a part of that, because you hope it will open the door and there will be more and more. But it’s good to get the ball rolling to what I hope is a new era of films moving forwards,” she continued. 

“It’s a lot of responsibility though and everyone involved feels the weight of that.”

Albertalli also noted that fans had come out after reading the book.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people - from teens, from adults - and a lot of people have come out after seeing this film and reading the book,” she said. “That’s from halfway across the world too, people from different countries, different people in different circumstances.

“It’s incredible to see how much it means, that even the existence of the film is such a statement.

“What I’ve heard from people is that from the film they get the feeling that it isn’t just a normal way to be, but also something that should be celebrated and brings much joy. That’s part of the core message of the film - that everyone deserves a great love story.”

Images: Twentieth Century Fox / Getty 

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Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.  

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