Last Friday, the highly anticipated teen rom-com Love, Simon finally hit theatres. Based on Becky Albertalli’s best-selling YA novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the film follows high school student Simon Spier as he deals with coming out to his friends and family.
The film opened to critical and commercial success, earning a 92 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Even more importantly, Love, Simon has resonated with viewers who don’t often see themselves in leading roles in major studio films. With the film striking a nerve in the gay community, the praise for the rom com has been overwhelming, even inspiring movie goers to come out to their family and friends.
From teens on Twitter to celebrities in Hollywood, here are some of the most heart-warming tweets about Love, Simon.
One user said that after seeing Love, Simon, they found the courage to come out to their parents.
after watching #lovesimon with my dad, i came out to him in the car. i had the courage to come out to my parents bc of this movie. this movie is important, pls go see it. i cannot stress enough how important/life changing this movie is for the lgbtq+ community. @lovesimonmovie pic.twitter.com/RUozd0qscM
— love, kai💫 (@marvelusholland) March 19, 2018
The film even inspired two of its actors to come out.
Working on #LoveSimon inspired stars Keiynan Lonsdale (https://t.co/RavlZVUrsH) and Joey Pollari (https://t.co/7ila68tXAD) to come out publicly, so when people ask why mainstream queer films like this are necessary… pic.twitter.com/HaMLKVgoku
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) March 16, 2018
Many fans of the movie have come out to their own families after watching the film.
#LoveSimon inspired me to come out to my aunt who is the real parental figure i have. I’ve been going through a lot and i needed her to love me as me and not just because were family. Not only did i come out to her, i told her I’m gender neutral and i “get to exhale now.” pic.twitter.com/n6NSm96g6e
— ray fisher warrior archie (@loganthompsons) March 19, 2018
That’s the power of seeing yourself on the big screen for the first time.
today marked an important day where i mustered up enough courage to come out to my parents. the newfound bravery deriving from the inspiration i found in #LoveSimon. representation is important because it shows people like me that you are loved and you deserve love
— Celdric Martinez (@CeldricPayomo) March 20, 2018
YouTube star and LGBTQ activist Tyler Oakley was so moved by Love, Simon that he bought out a theatre in his hometown in Michigan to help kids still living there see the film for free.
#LoveSimon is a movie i would have needed when i was growing up, so i want to make sure queer kids in my hometown have a chance to see it. go enjoy michigan kiddos, your ticket is on me!! pic.twitter.com/Jbh56cGK79
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) March 15, 2018
Writer Dave Holmes shared his experience of seeing Love, Simon in the theatre with his mother. Though he came out 25 years ago, it wasn’t until Holmes’ mother watched the film that she realized she could have been more supportive of her son during that time. Holmes recounted his experience watching the film with his mother in a Twitter thread that shows the importance of seeing even an idealized version of yourself on screen.
But she was doing the best she could, and she’s learned since, and so was I and so have I, and now in 2018 she gets to see the idealized version of role played by JENNIFER GARNER. In a very sweet movie, like she likes.
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) March 19, 2018
Comedian Billy Eichner said he didn’t realize how much he needed a movie with a character he could relate to as a teen until seeing the film now as an adult.
LOVE, SIMON made me SO HAPPY. I laughed a lot but I didn’t realize how moved I’d be. I didn’t realize til watching it how much I wanted & needed movies like this & how much I missed out on by not having them. I wish it existed when I was younger but I’m glad it does now. GO!!!! pic.twitter.com/aV6sMZVm0f
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 18, 2018
Actor and Broadway star Andrew Rannells brought a group of friends to see the film.
One user pointed out that while there have been a handful of movies with gay leads in the past year, there’s space for these stories and many, many more.
Love, Simon is necessary. Moonlight is necessary. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is necessary. Call Me By Your Name is necessary. More art centering queer characters and narratives of all kinds is necessary. Keep making it.
— Alex London (@ca_london) March 19, 2018
Calvin Stowell works at The Trevor Project and posted a thread explaining why Love, Simon is so important for young gay kids who are terrified to come out to their family and friends.
8/ What’s special about this film is that it’s triumphant. So often (nearly always) LGBTQ stories are marked by tragedy: Loss of friends, family, home, health, or life.
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) March 20, 2018
NSYNC’s Lance Bass has already picked Love, Simon for his 2019 Oscar pool.
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) March 17, 2018
Chris Schleicher, a writer for The Mindy Project, pointed out that simply by existing, Love, Simon is already breaking down barriers and giving the gay community the ‘comfort food’ films that straight people have enjoyed en masse for decades.
Was LOVE SIMON a squeaky clean rich fantasy of coming out? Sure. But it was also adorable and well-executed and surprisingly healing for me. It would have been so important to me at 16. I didn’t know I needed this type of content. Gay people deserve “comfort-food” movies too.
— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) March 16, 2018
So yeah, if you haven’t seen Love, Simon, we suggest you do.