Matt and Simon attended last March 13 a screening for Love, Simon in Los Angeles. A few days ago, he and his husband, Simon Halls, bought out the movie theater for locals in his hometown of Spring, Texas, to watch the coming-of-age love story between two teenage boys. Bomer offered free movie tickets to anyone who was available to see it.
Love, Simon stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as parents to high school student Simon, played by Nick Robinson, who struggles to tell his loved ones he’s gay. The film is based on Becky Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda.
In an interview with OUT Magazine in May 2017, Bomer said he was raised in a conservative Christian home where he wasn’t allowed to watch “secular” TV. The star, who realized he was gay while performing classics such as Romeo and Juliet and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, knew telling his parents would be a challenge.
“Telling your family is a huge, huge deal,” Bomer said. “I really view my life as divided between the time before I told my parents, and the time after. And the decisions I made, and the life I lived, before and after, are vastly different. It’s night and day.”
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