Here’s the first full trailer for coming out movie Love, Simon

“My name’s Simon, and I’m just like you – except I have one huge-ass secret… Nobody knows I’m gay.”

Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is getting a big screen adaptation from Greg Berlanti, the producer behind hit shows Arrow, Riverdale and Flash.

The movie will be retitled Love, Simon for its March 2018 release, and stars Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson in the title role.

 

In this first trailer we see Simon come to terms with his sexuality, while navigating teen life at high school.

Oh and his friends having to come out to their parents as straight at the end of the trailer hits the nail on the head.

“Everyone deserves a great love story. But for 17-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online,” a synopsis reads.

Greg Berlanti recently teased that the film will have some powerful scenes, with the two romantic leads being guys – something that is rarely seen in a mainstream Hollywood romcom.

“In every other major studio film, it’s always the guy and the girl. And there was something so powerful about it being just a guy imagining himself with this other guy in a film again that was going to be marketed and sold as a mainstream romantic comedy.”

 

Love, Simon will be in cinemas from 16 March.

 

11 of the Most Popular Coming Out Videos on YouTube

First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day has been observed every October 11 for more than 25 years. Since then, we've seen tremendous progress be made, from the legalization of same-sex marriage to the unprecedented visibility of trans people. Had people in our community not come out, none of this would have been possible. It takes knowing LGBT people, talking with them, loving them, for society at large to understand and embrace us.

One day, it may not be necessary for us to come out, but until that point, coming out is a hugely important—and hugely nerve-wracking—moment in any LGBT person's life. In the age of YouTube, many have taken to the Internet, not only to get it done in one swift motion, but to help make it easier for other young people struggling with their sexual and/or gender identities.

Here are 11 of the most popular coming out videos ever posted:

11. Jacob Rudolph, 2.1 million views

10. Dan & Brian, 2.4 million views

9. Gigi Georgeus, 3.5 million views

8. Lucas Cruikshank, 5.1 million views

7. Ellen Page, 5.5 million views

6. Troye Sivan, 7.2 million views

5. Joey Graceffa, 7.3 million views

4. Connor Franta, 11.2 million views

3. Tom Daley, 12 million views

2. Ingrid Nilsen, 16 million views

1. Austin and Aaron Rhodes, 23.3 million views

Michelle Wins the Outie Champion Award!

The “Outies” were awarded at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. I’m so excited to announce that my mother Michelle Smith won the Champion Award!

“The Champion Award recognizes any LGBT person or Ally who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality. The champion award winner will have shown a unique commitment to LGBT workplace rights and will have used his or her talents to further that cause, even at some risk.”

I am so proud of my Mother Michelle Smith for wining an Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Outie Award! She is an amazing role model and advocate to the LGBT community.

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To learn more about the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, click here.

Guess who’s nominated for an Outie Award!

I’m so honored to announce that my mother Michelle Smith has been nominated for and Outie Award!

The “Outies” are awarded at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Outie Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in workplaces globally.

Michelle is a nominated for the Champion Award. “The Champion Award recognizes any LGBT person or Ally who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality. The champion award winner will have shown a unique commitment to LGBT workplace rights and will have used his or her talents to further that cause, even at some risk.”


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Michelle Smith is a Project Engineer in the Ventures organization within Phantom Works – Boeing. Michelle has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as St. Louis Public Radio where she spoke to her experience of transitioning in the workplace. She is a member of the Out and Equal Transgender Advisory Committee member where she was an active participant in completing the Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines.

“Michelle has provided one on one coaching for employees who are currently in transition. Michelle leverages her personal experience in transitioning to help coach, provide support and hope to employees beginning and in the process of transitioning in the workplace.”

 


I couldn’t be more prouder of my mother and can’t wait to see if she wins at the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit October 4 – October 7 on Orlando, FL

 

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To learn more about the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, click here.

To learn more about the Outies, click here.

To learn more about the other Champion Award nominees, click here.

Who is behind Just Keep Swimming?

14192130_10154234828215219_214218750602059772_nHello, my name is Matthew.  I’m a Social Media Consultant, Graphic Designer, Web Developer, Photography, Selfie Queen, Disney Geek, ΑΦΩ Brother, LGBT Activist, and Foodie.

When I moved to Chicago in 2011, I would never realize what an impact it would have on my life. I had the opportunity to live and learn in the heart of Chicago. Being just a few blocks away from public transportation the city is at my fingertips. I have always been passionate about photography, whether I’m pulling out me digital SLR or just my iPhone these days. I’m just trying to share just a little of my WORLD.  And anyone who knows me knows that I love a good #selfie. Besides Photography I am an avid Social Media user just hanging out and being social. But I’m not just a user I enjoy sharing my social media knowledge.

Outside of the digital world I’m an explorer, always looking for something new to discover and experience. I have been lucky in life to have had a few once in a lifetime experiences. So I’m always on the lookout for new experiences. As result each morning I remind myself to live each day to the fullest and not to pass up any opportunities that may come my way. To keep myself open to new experiences and always try something at least once because you never know what you may like.

A little about me, I have a background in marketing, social media, graphic and web design. By day I’m an onboarding specialist/front end developer for a template based website company. Outside of my day job I freelance work under my personal business M85 Digital Media. I’m always looking for opportunities to use my creative capabilities, especially as they relate to today's digital world.

When it comes to my spare time I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, cooking, shopping and watching Netflix.

I’m looking forward to bring you the latest things going on in my world as I Just Keep Swimming!

Matthew

Top guns in love struggle against institutional homophobia

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This weekend I watched a newer ‪#‎LGBT‬ themed movie, Burning Blue. Set in the wake of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell its a story of Two Navy fighter pilots that find themselves in the midst of a forbidden relationship throwing their lives and careers into disarray. Burning Blue is a fine drama about days that are hopefully behind us. The mere fact that the military apparently cooperated in the making of this film indicates as much. A fine ensemble cast plays this one from the heart. I definitely recommend you see this one.

Check out the Trailer Below:

@mjsmith0523 ~ Who am I?

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Hello I’m Matthew. I’m a recent college graduate living in Chicago. I attended Roosevelt University in the heart of the Chicago Loop. When I moved to Chicago four years ago, I would never realized what an impact it would have on my life. I have had the opportunity to live and learn in the heart of Chicago. Being just a few blocks away from public transportation the city was at my finger tips. One hobby that I am passionate about has been photography, whether I’m puling out me digitalSLR or  just my iphone. I try to share just a little of my WORLD with my followers. My friends would also tell you that I love a good #selfie. Besides Photography I am an avid Social Media User, a Disney Geek, an ΑΦΩ Brother, a LGBT Activist, and Foodie.

Each morning I remind myself to live each day to the fullest and not to pass up any opportunities that may come my way. To keep myself open to any new experiences and always be willing to try any thing at least once Because you never know what you may like.