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What’s Queer & Going On in October

October has a lot of queer events and festivities for you to enjoy even if we can’t celebrate the spookiest holiday, Halloween, exactly like we usually do.

The three biggest are the TransPride Pittsburgh Health & Wellness Conference, the 35th annual Reel Q Film Festival and People’s Pride — all happening the same weekend! What?!

As always be sure to check our calendar for the most up-to-date information on what’s queer and going on!

Reel Q 35th Annual Film Festival

October 8th through the 17th

The 35th annual Reel Q Film festival, the LGBTQ film festival of Pittsburgh, is adapting and going virtual this year! The festival has set up a Netflix style portal to view the week’s films from anywhere you’d like!

The Festival wraps up with an old fashioned drive-in movie at Central Outreach Wellness Center on the North Shore. The 2004 movie “Hellbent” will be screened just in time for Halloween along with a drag show and food trucks will be featured. “Hellbent” features a group of gay friends celebrating Halloween in West Hollywood while the neighborhood is being prowled by a killer wearing a devil’s mask. One of them, Eddie (Dylan Fergus), who works for the police, brings the others through some woods to check out a recent murder scene. They ignore the mask-wearing killer, who follows the group to a club.


TransPride Pittsburgh Health & Wellness Conference

October 8th through the 11th.

Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Central Outreach Wellness Center, Chatham University School of Health Sciences, and the Human Rights Campaign this year’s 5th annual Health and Wellness Conference has gone all virtual.

The Conference will focus on Mental and Physical Health professionals who serve the transgender and non binary community and the Trans and non binary community in the Tri- state region and beyond. This years theme is ‘Building Bridges, Forging Futures’ and will focus on creating stronger networks between professionals and Community members alike.

View the jam pack schedule here. And be sure to register for the event as soon as possible, the deadline is very soon!


People’s Pride: Black Trans Lives Matter Too

October 9th through the 11th.

This year’s events will highlight the pressing need to stand up and fight for Black Trans Lives. The weekend of events includes the LGBTQIA+ Pittsburgh’s BEST: Award Ceremony hosted by Dominique Jackson, an organized and socially distanced march from Freedom Corner to West Allegheny Commons Park, and a virtual People’s Pride Festival and concert! Most events require pre-registration for the Zoom details. All information and registration details can be found on SisTers PGH Facebook page.


October Event Series

Trans Visibility Thursdays

October 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 @ 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Vibe Check

October 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 @ 10:00 PM

Listen to Black Women – Vote, Be Counted & more

October 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Affirm: Black QT

October 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 5:00 – 7:00 pm


There are over 20 events coming up in October. Be sure to check them all out on our calendar!

QBurgh staff writer
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