Hailed as the first rom-com released by a major movie studio that features a gay lead character, Love, Simon is making people sob in cinemas across the world with its powerful moments.

The coming out movie – based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – follows 17-year-old Simon Spier as he comes to terms with his sexuality by emailing an anonymous admirer at his school.

But with something so celebratory, there always comes a slew of cynics and critics.

There have been numerous points of view shared online with some questioning why the movie is needed when attitudes towards LGBTQ are better than ever, and others saying that it is a very idealistic portrayal of the coming out experience.

After seeing some of these views, Calvin Stowell – who is a Chief Growth Officer at The Trevor Project – perfectly summed up why Love, Simon is so vital during a series of tweets.

“Bear with me, I’ve got something to say about @lovesimonmovie and some of the pushback I’ve seen on it from some LGBTQ adults,” he started. “This is not an indictment on anyone, just felt it was important to share as someone who literally works in LGBTQ youth suicide prevention.”

Calvin goes on to outline just how significant of an impact it could have on LGBTQ youth, and why it’s an important turning point in gay representation in mainstream Hollywood films. You can read his full thread below:

Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson stars in the title role of Simon, while Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel play his parents.

13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford and Miles Heizer are also part of the cast, along with Logan Miller (The Walking Dead), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Flash actor Keiynan Lonsdale.


Keiynan is in conversation with Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti for his cover shoot in the April 2018 issue of Gay Times, which is available to pre-order now.

Love, Simon is in US cinemas now, and will be released in the UK on 6 April.