by Cassandra Lis
Love, Simon is an important movie for me and other members of the LGBT+ community. Before I watched the movie, I never thought that I would be able to relate to it, because the struggles that gay men and women face are very different. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the movie. I found myself relating to Simon in multiple ways. The plot is driven by Simon attempting to hide his sexuality from his school, friends, and family. During this situation, he begins a secret correspondence with another gay person who goes to his school under the pseudonym “Jacques”. The boy that he is talking to is referred to as “Blue”. An annoying “friend” of Simon’s found and used the secret correspondence to blackmail Simon into helping him flirt with one of Simon’s friends. Eventually, in a fit of anger, his friend posts the emails between Jacques and Blue to the school gossip website (which is only ever a thing in movies) and reveals Simon as Jacques. I found myself relating to this part of the story tremendously because I was outed by someone from my old school to the entirety of the 1,200 person school I would have attended if I didn’t come to HB. I still have no idea who it was who started telling other people, but it made me really scared. I was not out to my family yet, and I wanted them to know. Being outed to my old school pushed me to come out to my mom and sister much earlier than I planned on doing. This movie was important to me, and although slightly unrealistic, I still believe that people should watch and enjoy it. It makes me happy to see positive representation of gay people in movies, and I am sure that other members of the LGBT+ community feel the same.