Reel Q Delves Into Trans Life

“Real Boy” Documentary & Short Films

On the heels of the sad and sudden death of transgender performance artist Alexis Arquette (1969-2016), Reel Q is unveiling the world of trans people with an acclaimed full-length documentary (“Real Boy”) and an evening of fascinating short films.

First held in 1985, Reel Q is the annual festival of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cinema presented by the Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society. The 2016 festival will take place October 6 to 15 at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue in the vibrant Pittsburgh Cultural District. The schedule is available online at the official Reel Q web site ( and on PGHevents: The Pittsburgh Events Web Site ( Trailers are also available on demand for local Comcast Xfinity digital television subscribers.

Alexis Arquette was an audience favorite at past Reel Q festivals (formerly called the Pittsburgh International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival), including 1995’s “Frisk,” 1997’s “I Think I Do” and the immensely popular 2002 film “The Trip.”

“Real Boy” is the award winning documentary about a transgendered teen who is transitioning from female (Rachel) to male (as Bennet) while starting a music career. The film insightfully relates how everyone around Rachel/Bennet must transition right along with him, and the insight given Bennet from the celebrated transgender musician Joe Stevens,

This year’s Reel Q also features a special night of short films exploring the transgender experience. These include “Mezzo,” which celebrates the life and career of Breanna Sinclaire, the first openly transgender woman to study at a major conservatory.

“Real Boy” screens on Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. The “Trans Shorts” will be shown on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.


About the Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society (aka Reel Q)

The Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society’s primary goal is to organize and manage year-round cinema that serves the educational and cultural needs of its audiences and is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) and LGBT-supportive persons.