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Queer Reels, Real Topics Film Series

Queer Reels, Real Topics is a film series hosted by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement. Serving as an extension of the classroom, this film series merges education with entertainment about the LGBTQIA community. 

Films of all genres serve an important community function by affirming lives, making the invisible, visible, and educating audiences about other folks' stories and histories.

Film screenings are FREE and open to the Texas Tech community. Each film will be followed by a facilitated audience conversation. Please direct any questions to Office administrator Stephen Chao.

2021 - 2022 Series

Queer Reels, Real Topics flyer for 2021-22

The Office is excited to return to in-person film screenings for the 2021-2022 school year. Click on each film below to RSVP on TechConnect.

  • October 12, 2021: Indianara (2019), dir. Aude Chavalier-Beaumel and Marcelo Barbosa
    • Time and Location: 7 p.m., SUB Escondido Theatre
    • Description: The revolutionary Indianara fights with her gang for the survival of transgender people in Brazil, striving to put into practice her ideals. Nearing her fifties, facing the attacks of her political party and suffering the advance of totalitarianism, she joins forces for a last act of resistance.
  • November 9, 2021: The Whistle (2019), dir. StormMiguel Florez
    • Time and Location: 7 p.m., SUB Escondido Theatre
    • Description: A 45 year old Latinx trans man returns to his birthplace - Albuquerque, New Mexico - in search for the origin of a secret lesbian code he learned when he identified as a teenage dyke in the 80s.​
  • February 8, 2022: Tongues Untied (1989), dir. Marlon Riggs
    • Time and Location: 7 p.m., SUB Escondido Theatre
    • Description: Made, in director Marlon Riggs's own words, to “shatter the nation's brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference,” this radical blend of documentary and performance defies the stigmas surrounding Black gay sexuality in the belief that, as long as shame prevails, liberation cannot be possible. Through music and dance, words and poetry by such pathbreaking writers as Essex Hemphill and Joseph Beam—and by turns candid, humorous, and heartbreaking interviews with queer African American men—Tongues Untied gives voice to what it means to live as an outsider in both a Black community rife with homophobia and a largely white gay subculture poisoned by racism.
  • March 5, 2022: Two of Us (2019), dir. Filippo Meneghetti
    • Time and Location: 8 p.m., location TBD
    • Description: Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine's family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine's daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them.
  • April 12, 2022: Leitis in Waiting (2018), dir. Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, and Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
    • Time and Location: 7 p.m., SUB Escondido Theatre
    • Description: Leitis in Waiting is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom. The film follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant presided over by a princess, provides shelter and training for a young contestant rejected by her family, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis' lives. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom's royals and religious leaders, Joey's emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are. 

Previous Series

Queer Reels, Real Topics flyer for Spring 2021

Queer Reels Summer Shorts 20

Queer Reels 19-20

Queer Reels 18-19

Queer Reels 17-18


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