Texas Tech University

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.

Spring 2021

This semester, all Queer Reels, Real Topics screenings will be conducted virtually. Click on the links below to sign up for each screening.

April 10 - 23CURED (2020)

  • Wednesday, April 21
    • 7 p.m. CDT: synchronous screening and live chat
    • 8:30 p.m. CDT: post-film discussion with filmmaker Patrick Sammon
  • Five years in the making, CURED illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBTQ equality: the campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses. Incorporating a trove of newly unearthed archival material — much of it unseen for decades — CURED takes audiences inside this riveting narrative to chronicle the strategy and tactics that led to a crucial turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights.

Movie Poster for CURED

Previous Screenings

February 6 - 8: Kiki (2016)

  • Monday, February 8, 7 p.m.: synchronous screening, live chat, and post-film disucssion
  • In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather on the Christopher Street Pier to practice the performance-based art form Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna's music video "Vogue" and the documentary Paris is Burning.

March 6 -8:  Shakedown (2018)

  • Monday, March 8, 7 p.m.: synchronous screening, live chat, and post-film discussion
  • From 2002 to 2015, filmmaker Leilah Weinraub documents explicit performances in an underground lesbian club in Los Angeles


Previous Series

Queer Reels Summer Shorts 20

Queer Reels 19-20

Queer Reels 18-19

Queer Reels 17-18


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