Inspirational Pride Quotes from Jojo Siwa

Since this Pride month is a little different than usual, I thought it was fitting if we look at some inspirational quotes from the person that most people would look at unless you are under the age of 12. I’m talking about Jojo Siwa, the girl with the massive bow. Originally on the show, “Dance Moms,” Jojo has become the Nickelodeon star that gives children Kids Bops style of music that doesn’t suck.

Jojo’s brand is all about self-acceptance and being yourself. Something that is Pride is all about. In an interview with Time, JoJo said that she models this from the late lead singer of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury.

“He was unapologetically himself … He looked different than everyone,” Jojo told Time. “I’ve always been like that, and I’ve never really known someone who pretty much does what I do.” She’s only 17 but she going to one a young LGBTQ+ source of inspiration because of the fact that she’s an ally and she truly loves her fans the way they are. Here are some inspirational quotes from Jojo that come from her lyrics:

For those haters that judge you

For when people don’t like you for you

To those who want you to be “normal”

When you just want to be your authentic self

For when you are your full authentic self

When you feel alone and like no one understands who you are

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A letter for Coming Out Day

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Dear closeted LGBTQA+,

Today is National Coming Out Day. For many, coming out is way to finally express yourself without hiding who you are. Everyone should have the ability to be themselves without fear. Hiding who you are isn’t fun nor something that will make you happy. Being yourself, regardless of orientation or gender, is the best thing in the world.

Just because it’s Coming Out Day doesn’t mean you have to come out. Coming out is something that you should do when you feel you are ready. I believe that coming out to yourself is the hardest part, and the most important, of accepting yourself. You gotta accept yourself before you can expect anyone else to accept you. Accepting yourself takes time. It happens over time and at your own pace. You shouldn’t ever feel rushed when it comes to accepting yourself. Also, don’t come pair yourself to others. For some people, it was easy. For you, it might not be. Everyone experiences will different in life, and this is the same.

When you are ready to come out, the feeling that you get is something you cannot describe. It’s a mixture of relief and happiness. The movie “Love, Simon” explained it best when Simon’s mom said he can finally “breathe.” You can finally be yourself. There’s no more hiding if you find someone attractive nor if you want to do something that isn’t considered to be “cool.”  Coming out will open up so many more doors for you.

If you don’t feel comfortable or can’t safely come out, don’t. You can still enjoy life. Don’t put your life at risk. Also remember that even when it seems like there isn’t anyone on your side or you feel alone, you are not. There are many people who will like you for you. Don’t change yourself for others. If anyone doesn’t like you because of who love, you don’t need them. There are plenty of people in the world that will like you for you. Even if they are family, you don’t need them. They are plenty of people who will support you even if your family won’t.

Hopefully you find this letter helpful. Just remember to take your time and have faith. As corny as it sounds, it does get better over time. And if you are having issues or questions or hard times, there are plenty of resources out there like the Trevor Project. Until you do come out, use this day to be an ally to anyone that might need it. You might meet someone that could be in the same boat as you.

Stay positive and be you,

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Steven Kaufman

 

 

‘Love,Simon’ hits your heart in all the right places and it’s everything

It’s time for straight not to be the default

This movie review is going to be a bit different from the past ones. I’m going to try my best to be balanced but honestly, It’s rather hard. Everyone deserves a great love story, and here it is. Especially if you don’t see yourself in the ones that are usually presented by television or movies.

Love, Simon

“Love, Simon” is a 2018 romantic comedy based on the book “Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda” by Becky Albertalli (Click the book title for my review of the book.) Directed by Greg Berlanti, who wrote and produced CW’s shows like “Arrow,” “Riverdale,” and “The Flash,” the movie is the first major studio film that features gay teenage romance.

The movie follows Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen who meet another closeted gay teen in his school online. The two began an online relationship hidden from his family and friends. His life gets turned upset down when a classmate blackmailed Simon with screenshots of his online relationship. Simon must then chose whether to follow through with the demands or to have his world cave in around him before he is ready. 

The movie is brilliantly told. As someone who read the book before seeing the movie, it follows it almost plot the same as the book did. There are some instances where they add to the plot because it’s a movie. When it does, It adds more depth to the story and allows things to be fleshed out more. The ending of the movie is actually more epic than what was in the book.

The acting is extremely good in this movie. The characters are likable, minus the ones you aren’t supposed to like. Simon is probably the best character out of them all. You can’t help but love Simon. Nick Robinson did an extremely well job portraying Simon. My only complaint with acting was that Katherine Langford’s natural Australian accent came through at times and it was obvious. She did an amazing job but I’m probably just nitpicking a bit.

It was extremely refreshing to see a non stereotypically gay character. While they are getting better, most gay characters in TV/Movies have been some sort of stereotypes. The overly flamboyant gay guy, the self-hating gay guy, etc. There’s many of them and frankly, they exist but it wasn’t everyone. Simon Spier isn’t any of those stereotypes. He is just guy trying to figure out who is he. He just happens to be gay. He’s representing the people who couldn’t see themselves in a character before this. “Love, Simon” has allowed many people to finally see themselves in a movie character and relate to them.

The Verdict

“Love, Simon” is a quality teen romantic comedy. It’s not just a movie for LGBT, but something for anyone that want to see a good love story. “Love, Simon” will be the first of many movies that will finally allow more people to see themselves in the things they watch. Like the movie says, everyone deserves a great love story. It was about time that they got one. “Love, Simon” is that movie.

“Love, Simon” is still in theaters. It will out digital on May 29th and DVD/Blu-Ray on June 12th.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Book review: ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’

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I’m still just snatching Oprah’s edges. Welcome to the second ever edition of The Pop Project Book Club. It’s where I read a book and then I tell you whether you should read or not. Because the release of “Love, Simon” is coming up in the near future, I thought that I would read the book that it is based on of “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.”

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“Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” is about Simon Spier, a 16-year old who is in the closet. Simon starts an online relationship with a fellow student at his school who is also in the closet. The book follows Simon as he balances his friends, family, coming to terms with his sexuality, and his online relationship. Things turn upside down when a classmate blackmail him and threatens to out him and his online relationship.

The book is extremely well written. It’s all told through the perspective of Simon. It’s easy to read and done an extremely conversational way. The chapters are short and sweet with some just being the email between Simon and his “boyfriend,” who is under the name “Blue.” It got extremely addicting because you just want to know more about what’s going on. You get invested into Simon and Blue’s relationship and want to know what happens next.

I got the feels throughout the entire book. Like, I have never read a book and been into so much. It might have been that I could relate throughout the book but I was emotionally invested into the characters and the book. Simon’s story was told in such a true way. It wasn’t something that seemed unrealistic. The book didn’t beat around the bush on somethings and it tackled everything in a way that a lot of the teen television shows don’t really show with their homosexual characters.

It was rather refreshing to have a love story that wasn’t a girl falling for a guy. That kind of love story is just one-sided and over done. The one told in “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” is unique and we need more love stories like it. I want more guys falling in love with other guys. It’s just as normal as a girl falling for a guy.

Verdict:

I highly recommend reading “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.” It was an extremely good book. My only complaint was that it was too short. I wanted more. I wanted more letters and to know what happened with Simon and Blue, as well as their friends and family.

If you are looking to get a copy of the book, click here to grab one. It’s honestly worth it. “Love, Simon” will out in theaters on March 16, 2018. But you really should read the book and see the movie. Here’s the trailer. I swear this isn’t sponsored…unless they would like to hit me up to make it sponsored.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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