You make excellent points, Manuel Betancourt. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

I entirely agree with you that a sanitized sense of queerness is being promoted as an ideal in popular culture. I’d add that that ideal is often held up a sign that the struggle for LGBTQ dignity and equality is largely won already.

In reality, of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

I riffed briefly on Love, Simon recently in one of my own articles exploring queer identity.

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