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‘Love, Simon’ Inspires Young Man to Come Out as Gay During a Screening: ‘Teens Need This’

"I've never seen a movie bring people together this close," he writes.

“Love, Simon”

20th Century Fox

“Love, Simon” has earned praise for its depiction of a gay teenager keeping his sexuality a secret from his friends and family, and now one young man in a similar situation has credited the movie with inspiring him to come out — while the movie was playing.

“I came out during love Simon. my friends were there, my parents were there, a full theatre was there,” writes Twitter user @endlesslyqueer. “People were laughing an singing and crying and clapping throughout the whole movie. Ive never seen a movie bring people together this close. I made friends there. Teens need this.”

Mark Harris, a film journalist and author who is himself gay, added an amusing postscript to the story: “This is really moving, but also, don’t talk during movies.”

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