A Little History

The Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society began in 1982 as the Lesbian and Gay Film Series, a project of the Pittsburgh’s Gay and Gay Community Center, with the goal of providing opportunities for viewing media by and about lesbian, trans and gay people and their experiences. In 1985 the Film Series became a separate event, formed its own Board of Directors, and launched the first film festival in 1986 with the cooperation of Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

In 1987 the Film Festival incorporated, was granted non-profit status, and applied for funding as a major, new, and innovative presenter of lesbian and gay media in Pennsylvania and the nation.

In 2006, the organization expanded its efforts to make it a year-round program and changed the legal name of the organization to Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society.

The Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in Pittsburgh and the surrounding tri-state region. In addition, PLGFS provides a crucial service to the cultural vitality of Pittsburgh, designed to support LGBTQ+ artists, and to provide a much-needed cultural outlet for the LGBTQ+ communities in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.

We hold our annual film festival Reel Q in October, which provides a variety of programs and activities. Approximately 20 programs are presented during each festival.

With our focus on quality year-round events and positioning ourselves for the future we want to broaden our audience range. We have started activities that are fun to attend, attract a wider audience and yet still provide a sense of community. We facilitate “meet and greets” and panel discussions. We also work with other organizations in order to bring organizations together and hold joint activities. It is important that we continue to broaden our contacts with filmmakers, producers, directors, distributors and other festival personal outside of the local surrounding area.

There is plenty of time to get involved with the annual Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival. You can add your name to our Volunteer list or visit the Sponsorship sections to find out how you can be part of this great cultural event in Pittsburgh.