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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Atlanta United fan sparks outrage over Pulse comment days before first game

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In the spirit of competitive sports, banter between rival teams is expected, but one Atlanta United fan is sparking outrage over a comment made on a Facebook post.

The comment was screenshot and posted in a tweet by Ruckus, an independent Orlando City supporters club, July 19. The comment read “think of [the upcoming game between Atlanta and Orlando] as Pulse part 2.”

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Orlando City Soccer pays tribute to shooting victims

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The Orlando City Soccer Club paid a moving tribute to the victims of the Pulse shooting at their home game against the San Jose Earthquakes June 18.

Scores of the 37,194 in attendance that night waved rainbow flags and wore “#OneOrlando” shirts to show their solidarity with those killed the morning of June 12. Forty-nine seats were sectioned off and had multicolored balloons tied to them to form a rainbow pattern. Orlando City players wore rainbow-colored wristbands and “#OneOrlando” patches on their jerseys.

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Orlando City Soccer to dedicate Saturday match to shooting victims

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OCSLogoOrlando City Soccer, along with the #OrlandoUnited campaign, dedicated the June 18 game to the victims of the Pulse tragedy.

A commemorative section of Camping World Stadium will be blocked off with an individual seat dedicated to each victim. Shirts and posters with the phrase #OrlandoUnited on them will be sold benefiting the One Orlando fund.

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