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Shirley McMarlin

Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival is partnering with other organizations across the city to offer Pride Month programming during June.

Film screenings, discussions and even a late-night dance party are planned. The schedule includes:

Celebration of Queer Cinema, June 14-20, Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville

Among featured titles will be “Call Me By Your Name,” the 2018 Academy Award-winning coming-of-age drama about a summer romance between 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate-student assistant to Elio’s archaeology professor father, set in northern Italy circa 1983.

The R-rated movie won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay and also garnered nominations for best picture, best actor (Chalamet) and best original song. It also received British Academy Film Awards, Golden Globe, Critics Choice’ and other awards nominations.

Also on the schedule are “The Watermelon Woman,” “But I’m a Cheerleader” and “Rafiki.”

“ ‘The Watermelon Woman’ is credited as being the first film ever directed by a black lesbian, and (the) classic film ‘But I’m A Cheerleader’ tackles the real-life threat of gay-conversion therapy in a completely hilarious and satirical way,” says T.J. Murphy, executive director of Reel Q.

Details: 412-904-3225 or

• Reel Youth Series film screening, 6:30 p.m. June 21, Glitter Box Theater in Oakland

The featured film will be “The Celluloid Closet,” a 1995 documentary exploring how movies, and Hollywood in particular, have portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.

“This is something any film buff wouldn’t want to miss,” Murphy says.

The free event is open to ages 14-20; refreshments will be served.


• Celebrate Pride After Dark, 6-10 p.m. June 21, Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland

Attendees at the 21-and-up event can learn about sex, gender and identity in nature during a “Sex Ed” talk by Chase Mendenhall, assistant curator of Birds, Ecology and Conservation, and sign a 2020 Pride scarf for Dippy, the museum’s dinosaur mascot, and help give Dippy a drag name. The event also will feature OUTrageous Bingo, a scavenger hunt and the opportunity to meet with representatives from PERSAD, Allies for Health and Wellbeing, Reel Q and other organizations.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Details: 412-622-3131 or

• Documentary screening, 7 p.m. June 26, Alphabet City in Pittsburgh’s North Side

“Call Her Ganda,” a documentary about a 2014 case in which a transgender Filipina woman was found dead in a motel room and the leading suspect is a U.S. Marine, will be shown.

The 2018 film “follows a cast of willful women as they take on some of the most powerful institutions in the world. Fusing personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, ‘Call Her Ganda’ forges a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé,” according to City of Asylum, which operates Alphabet City.

“This is an important story for the Pittsburgh community at large to be aware of,” Murphy says. “The trans community continues to fight around the world not just to have their voices heard, but also for the safety to live their true selves.”

Admission is free; reservations are requested.


• Art in Context: Before Stonewall, 8 p.m. June 28, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh’s North Side

The evening will begin with a screening of “Before Stonewall,” a 1984 documentary about the LGBT community in America prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots. The violent demonstrations were a response to a police raid on a gay club in New York City, and a catalyst for the push for gay rights.

A Skype Q&A session with co-director/producer Robert Rosenberg will follow.

Afterward, Steph Tsong, Ricky Mosle and Adam Shuck of the DJ trio Jellyfish will host a late-night, queer dance party, combining Italo Disco, New Wave and Post-Punk tracks with video and visual collage. A cash bar will be available.

Admission is free; registration is required.


Reel Q is a project of the Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society, which was founded in 1982 as the Lesbian and Gay Film Series, to provide viewing opportunities for media featuring lesbian, trans, gay and queer people and their experiences.

The annual Reel Q film festival is held in October. The organization also offers panel discussions, parties, community artist markets and other events throughout the year to attract a wider audience and promote community among diverse populations.


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