A Wonderful New Gay Movie: Love, Simon
Now here’s a movie I can’t wait to see. This one really does sound like a love story, or a coming of age story. And, unlike that awful Call Me By Your Name they are still trying to push off as a gay love story, the main character is a teen but he’s NOT fooling around with a much older man. It’s also a film adaptation from a novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.
Here’s the IMDb link with all the information. I think it’s going to be released in May, but don’t quote me on that.
And here’s a review at The Guardian. I’ll be posting more about it as I see the info surfacing.
This one is from Variety and it’s saying what I’ve been saying all along, that gay kids don’t get normal a normal puberty.
By the time your average American teen experiences his or her first kiss, they’ve probably seen hundreds, if not thousands, of heterosexual smooches on screen. But what about Simon Spier, the handsome, well-liked high-school senior at the center of writer-director Greg Berlanti’s “Love, Simon”? He has “a perfectly normal life” in all ways but one: Simon is gay. As such, he doesn’t have a lifetime of positive pop-culture representations coaching him on how to assume his true identity.
Here’s a great trailer at Epic Reads.
Dear Abby On Bisexual Men and STDs
A young woman writes to Abby stating that she’s worried about her boyfriend who seems to be highly interested in male models on Instagram. There’s no mention of cheating at all.
Abby replies that the boyfriend could be bisexual. Then Abby adds this…
She writes: “P.S. If you have been having unprotected sex with this young man, I urge you to be tested for STDs as soon as possible.”
You can read the rest here. Don’t miss the comments. They really take this one apart.
The Stigma With Male Sexual Assault
Here’s one about a young man who is bringing up the much overlooked topic of men getting sexually assaulted. He was assaulted by his roommate but didn’t report it until a year later. This makes one wonder just how often this kind of thing happens, and how often no one reports it. I don’t even want to think about the heads that would roll if every man who was ever sexually assaulted in Hollywood started talking about it.
“Nobody knew that I was gay, and that made me hide and be more shameful about what happened as well,” he says. “But it doesn’t matter if you are straight or if you are gay and this happens to you, it’s still a problem.”
Here’s more. There’s an interesting twist as to why he finally reported it.