Daniel Long and Autumn Groom are basking in this milestone: a gay teen romance in wide release outside of the art house.
Decades ago, John Hughes mastered the art of teen love stories.
How often do we see gay teens in a “Happily ever after”? We don’t.
Usually when gay teens fall in love in the movies, “The happy ending is normally a message about loving yourself,” Daniel tells me.
“Love, Simon,” directed by Greg Berlanti, is based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 YA novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.” It’s the story of 17-year-old Simon Spier, a high school senior who hasn’t come out.
“Dan had very few gay role models,” says Larry, a Prairie Village psychologist.
“Queer culture is more than party culture and hypersexuality,” says Daniel, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School and president of the Gay Straight Alliance t.
“T’s more than that beautiful pool boy look and six-pack of abs. T’s this emphasis placed on gay people being well groomed and into high fashion, having high voices and being weak or sissies. We’re more than that.”