Why LGBT Teens Deserve More Romantic Comedies

Everyone deserves a cheesy romantic comedy that reflects who they are. But until recently, one group never saw themselves represented.

The movie “Love, Simon” opened this week. It marks the first time a major Hollywood studio has invested in a romantic comedy†with an LGBTQ teen lead.

While LGBTQ teens have access to plenty of†stories about their struggles –†just watch “Pariah” or the beginning of “Moonlight” — they also need films†to†laugh at.†

Smaller operations have offered LGBTQ teen comedies before. “Boy Meets Girl”, “D.E.B.S.” and “But I’m a Cheerleader” are a few entertaining choices. However, it’s groundbreaking for a large film studio†to finally catch on.

Let’s hope “Love, Simon” kicks off a string of box office hits that center LGBT teens. After all, even as society becomes more accepting, these kids still suffer.

In most states, the government refuses to protect LGBT teens†from bullying. School districts repeatedly block Gay-Straight Alliance clubs from forming, even though they cut down on suicidal thoughts and discrimination.

Many families struggle to accept their children for who they are — and as a result, a whopping 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ.

To boot,†LGBT†teens suffer from inadequate health care and education. As teen pregnancies drop, for instance, gay and bisexual kids are more likely to get pregnant before age 18. As Care2′s Steve Williams noted, this may be the result of ignorance about pregnancy prevention.Teens may also be trying to appear “normal” or struggling without a safety net.

“The researchers also believe that a lack of family support and a lack of school support may also lead LGB teenagers to feel a general sense of their sexual behavior not mattering and their sexual health not being important,” writes Williams. “We see this manifest in other areas too, such as in higher rates of substance abuse among LGB teens, so this isnít necessarily surprising.”

LGBTQ kids need resources, and they†deserve representation. Bring on the romantic teen comedies!

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