‘Love, Simon’ TV series coming to Disney’s streaming service

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“Love, Simon” is headed to the small screen.

Disney+, the company’s new streaming platform, has picked up a straight-to-series order of Greg Berlanti’s 2018 coming-of-age film “Love, Simon,” Deadline reports.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Tampa, Orlando residents create expansive LGBTQ film database

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If you can’t name over 1,000 LGBTQ-focused films, Tampa Bay’s Brandon Taylor and Orlando’s Brock Cornelius would like to change that. The business partners—via the Orlando Entertainment Group, LLC—have created GayMovieDB.com, which they describe as the most comprehensive and easily navigable internet database available for films of interest to the LGBTQ community.

Launched in June 2018, GayMovieDB seeks to detail the whole of LGBTQ representation on film and make it easily accessible for users to discover new and interesting titles. The resource highlights selections from the silver to the small screen, listing over 1,150 full-length feature films, over 50 short films, 20 television series highlighting over 70 seasons and including data on over 9,000 celebrities.

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Keiynan Lonsdale turns into ‘Rainbow Boy’ in music video for single ‘Preach’

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“Love, Simon” and “The Flash” star Keiynan Lonsdale has released the music video for his new single “Preach.”

Lonsdale, 26, surprised fans with the video tweeting, “Hi.. My name is Keiynan Lonsdale aka ‘Rainbow Boy’, & I believe in Magic.”

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‘Love, Simon’ wins Best Kiss at MTV Movie & TV Awards

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ABOVE: Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale in ‘Love, Simon.’ Screenshot via YouTube.

The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards was filled with LGBTQ representation including a Best Kiss win for “Love, Simon” and a Trailblazer Award honor given to Lena Waithe at the ceremony which aired on Monday night.

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GLAAD report finds decline in LGBTQ representation in Hollywood

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ABOVE: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ from Sony Pictures Classic is one of the few films with solid LGBTQ representation in 2017. Screenshot via YouTube.

Major film studios are severely lacking in LGBTQ representation, according to GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index.

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Trinidad and Tobago sodomy law struck down

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ABOVE: LGBTQ rights activists outside the Trinidad and Tobago High Court in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on April 12, 2018, celebrated a landmark ruling that struck down the country’s sodomy law. Photo by Rachael Espinet.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — Same-sex sexual activity is no longer illegal in Trinidad and Tobago as the country’s High Court on Thursday deemed the homophobic colonial clause unconstitutional, infringing on a person’s right to privacy, illegal, null and void. The law, however, has not been removed just yet as the involved parties must submit their recommendations for either removal or amendment.

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Central Florida Overheard: A film for “family”

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“Love, Simon,” which opened in theaters March 16, is a teen dramedy about a high school kid named Simon coming to terms with being gay after starting an email conversation with another closeted gay teen from his school. The film is based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. It is also the first major studio release of a film that focuses on a teen gay romance, which is why celebrities across the country have been buying out screenings of the film and giving away tickets to anyone, particularly young LGBTQers, who want to see it.

Local celeb Sacha Kljestan, a midfielder for the Orlando City Soccer Club, and his wife bought out a screening at the Regal Winter Park Village for March 29 and packed the theater with kids from the Zebra Coalition. “The movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando,” Kljestan wrote on his Twitter. Kljestan is now a part of an impressive list of celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Bomer and Kristen Bell who are spreading the word of love and acceptance through this amazing film.

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Orlando City SC player buys out Orlando screening of ‘Love, Simon’

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Sacha Kljestan

ORLANDO | Sacha Kljestan, a midfielder for the Orlando City Soccer Club, and his wife bought out the 8:00 p.m. screening of the LGBTQ youth film “Love, Simon” at the Regal Winter Park Village for Thursday, March 29 so fans can see the movie for free.

“We saw ‘Love, Simon’ opening weekend and absolutely loved it. The movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando,” Kljestan wrote on Twitter.

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Gay teen rom-com ‘Love, Simon’ releases ‘romantic as F’ second trailer

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The second trailer for coming-of-age film “Love, Simon” has dropped and shows the film is a typical teen drama except for one thing. Simon, the main character, is gay.

In the trailer, Simon (Nick Robinson) shows that he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. However, he’s been hiding that he’s gay. When another student at school, anonymously named “Blue,” reveals online that he’s closeted, he and Simon strike up an online friendship.

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First trailer for gay teen film ‘Love, Simon’ released

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The first official trailer has been released for the John Hughes-esque high school film “Love, Simon.”

“Love, Simon” follows 17-year-old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) as he struggles with coming out to his friends and family. In the middle of it all, Simon starts to fall for an anonymous classmate he meets online.

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