On Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, students, staff and faculty grabbed popcorn and sodas and gathered in the Lubbock Room of the Student Union Building to view the 2014 film “Boy Meets Girl.”
A 15-minute delay because of sound issues did not stop the film from going on, as the audience moved to the Matador Room to continue viewing the movie.
The film is the fourth film in the Queer Reels, Real Topics film series organized by the Texas Tech Office of LGBTQIA and the department of Women’s & Gender Studies. The series combines education with entertainment about the LGBT community.
The romantic comedy film is centered around a 21-year-old transgender woman named Ricky living in rural Kentucky, searching for love and exploring what it means to be a real man or woman, according to IMDb.
Jody Randall, director of the Office of LGBTQIA, said the film was aligned with Trans Remembrance Week. Randall said the film is well made and is relevant to many college students.
“I loved that it was set in a rural setting,” Randall said. “Because a lot of our students are from rural settings, so I wanted the story to be something that they could kind of relate to.”
The film had a happy ending, but that is not always the case in real life, she said.
“The attempted suicide rate for transgender people is 41 to 42 percent,” she said. “I wish our students’ stories and journeys really worked out as well as that film, and some do. But for the trans community in a place like West Texas, it’s still a very stigmatized population.”
Tricia Earl, unit supervisor and academic adviser for Women’s & Gender Studies, said 17 years ago, she watched the first gay movie that was shown on Tech campus in the Matador Room.
Since then, Earl said she has seen Tech’s campus progress and become more inclusive.
“There’s a more inclusive feeling on our campus,” Earl said, “and I think it takes a lot of work to keep moving forward, and the storyline of the film is very current. It’s a fictitious movie, but it fits right in with someone who is transitioning or existing as a young person in this world.”
Whitney Churchill, a freshman advertising major from Fort Worth, said despite never having experienced any of the issues portrayed in the film, it was powerful and eye-opening.
Ramsey Quintanilla, a sophomore science major from Pharr, said the film sheds light on…