Words by Carinna Reyes
There’s no denying that the era of romcom is upon us once again. With movies like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Love, Simon, and of course, Crazy Rich Asians, the representation of protagonists in search of great love have become more colorful and diverse, which is absolutely worth the hype as it gives us more hope of our own forever after.
Yes, 2018 is sweet, fluffy, and #20GAYTEEN is flourishing. Amidst all the horrible news, people are hungry for all kinds of love stories. So where is our lesbian romcom?
gays have love simon
straights have to all the boys I’ve loved before
lesbians this is your turn now
— ALEXANDER J. (@ItsAlexJackson) August 27, 2018
This Twitter user sums it up pretty well on how lacking our world is when it comes to cute, innocent girl-to-girl relationships (but bless you, Lesbian Jesus, we love you):
the gays have love simon the straights have to all the boys I’ve loved before and the lesbians have hayley kiyoko's music videos
— saddy the bubbline warrior (@lesbihayley) August 29, 2018
Here’s the tea, sis: Lesbian relationships onscreen are heavily sexualized and fetishized to suit the sexual fantasies of the male audience.
And we are OVER it.
can y'all just… imagine a lesbian equivalent to love simon??? all the fluff and innocence of 2 young girls coming out to supportive families and falling in love with no sexualizing them or weird unhealthy power dynamics or one involved with a guy on the side and a HAPPY ENDING
— destynie (@voidofcolour) March 19, 2018
im so happy that gay men got love, simon and in a heartbeat and believe me they both made me happy as all FUCK but can we pls get something like that for lesbians like . a lesbian movie with no porn , or a lesbian baby cartoon that just helps normalize and un-sexualize lesbians
— kilo loves kendall (@kilosnavi) May 5, 2018
Because no, one successful movie about a gay couple isn’t enough. Remember, the LGBTQIA+ community does not comprise of only gay men:
oh and can you cishets stop telling me that “love, simon” is my representation too. don’t get me wrong, i adore that movie and it made me emotional but gay men do not represent lesbian/bi/pan women.
— tam (@sapphictam) August 20, 2018
Positive lesbian representation in media and the first thing lgbt+ people complain about is that it isn’t men. Lesbians literally have no positive representation. We don’t have Love Simon. 90% of gay media is directed towards men. Stop trying to undermine lesbian representation.
— ? BUBBLINE IS CANON @ BLIZZCON (@fluffigator) June 12, 2018
I mean, we already have some suggestions, if any network is interested (ehem Netflixpleaselisten ehem):
i want a cute love story w two teenagers tht fall in love and do heartwarming things together.. i want a cute love story tht doesn’t end in sadness or death.. a cute love story like love simon or to all the boys i’ve loved before…. but w GIRLS… we deserve it… it’s our turn
— kya (@softsadsatan) August 27, 2018
my own spinoff of to all the boys i've loved before called "to all the girls i instantly fell in love with on public transport and then never saw again"
— sami (@geminiaquarius) August 19, 2018
Love, simon had him writing anonymous emails to his crush. To all the boys I’ve loved before had Lara jean writing unsent letters to her previous crushes. The new revolutionary lesbian coming of age movie will have two girls always tweeting about how they want a girlfriend
— calli ? (@mariusmontpercy) August 24, 2018
With Zendaya and Auli’i Cravalho as the actors? Uh YES PLEASE.
okay but consider this: a teenage romcom lesbian movie starring zendaya and auli'i cravalho… with best friends to lovers trope AND a happy ending please i deserve this pic.twitter.com/sQZThKVPlC
— gabi (@harleivy) August 21, 2018
Can’t you give us a lesbian protagonist with a snazzy room we can copy from too?
love simon and to all the boys i’ve loved before are getting credit for a lot on twitter this weekend, but one thing they’re NOT getting enough credit for: bringing back the covetable, cool teen bedroom pic.twitter.com/ux4Ta1ovpR
— mcquizzy (@casey_mcquiston) August 19, 2018
Tl;dr: The lesbians need our romcom too. We need it NOW.
Because for some of us, there’s no denying this truth as well:
to all the boys i’ve loved before:
i date girls now.
— Chelsea Nachman (@chelseanachman) August 28, 2018