So apparently there is this new film called *Love, Simon* that is like a gay take on the genre of romantic teen comedies. The male lead is a gay teenager who falls in love with another gay teenager in spite of the usual obstacles, like homophobic bullying, being closeted to parents, etc. When I heard about it (I haven’t seen it) my first thought was that I’m happy for young gay guys who get to grow up in a world where films like this are made and not just daydreamed about by young gay guys. It would have made such a difference in my own life had I grown up watching films like this as a teenager.
Then I came across a [review](http://time.com/5190982/love-simon-groundbreaking-gay-movie/) of the film by Time magazine’s Daniel D’Addario who acknowledges that it is a milestone in gay cinema but also blasts its portrayal of a gay young man as… well, a gay young man. The world has changed, D’Addario writes, and young gay men “don’t need” movies like this anymore. Instead, young people need movies about young people who “boldly reinvent gender and sexual identity.” I knew right away what he was getting at. He would have wanted the film to be about young people of indeterminate gender and/or sexual identity, according to the fashion of the day, and not about two young gay guys who are quite clearly just two young gay guys.
So what do you as gay men think about this supposed shift in attitudes about gender and sexuality among the so-called “gender-fluid” generation? Someone reacted to the above review by saying, “Can’t we have anything that is gay anymore?” That is a question I’ve found myself asking with increasing frequency over the past few years.