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LGBTQ+: Media

Research guide to help students find information on LGBTQ+ Rights

Finding Media

Here are a lists of databases that feature different kinds of media like films, audio, and pictures. 

Available Through Kanopy

Kanopy has already put together two lists for LGBTQ+ themed films. 

On the next two tabs you will find two movies currently featured on Kanopy that deal with LGBTQ+ history and culture. 

  • Queens at Heart: Trans Women in the 60's
  • I Am Divine

Kanopy Provided Description: A rare and poignant glimpse into pre-Stonewall LGBT life! Produced in 1967, this amazing 22-minute short introduces us to Misty, Vicky, Sonja and Simone--four courageous trans women who candidly discuss their personal lives with a somewhat lurid interviewer who claims to have interviewed "thousands of homosexuals" (and who obviously doesn't understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity)

Citation: Olson, J. (Director). (1967). Queens at Heart [Video file]. Jenni Olson. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from Kanopy.

Kanopy Provided Description: Packed with great interviews and clips, this dynamic, fun and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine brings to life a complex understanding of John Waters's favored muse. I Am Divine is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon's emotional complexities and rise to infamy.

Citation: Schwarz, J. (Director). (2013). I Am Divine [Video file]. Wolfe Video. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from Kanopy.

Available through Films on Demand

Many of the LGBTQ+ films available through Films on Demand are listed in their Gender & Sexuality list. 

On the next two tabs you will find two films that are available through Films on Demand. 

  • Suited
  • The Play Within: An LGBTQ Documentary

Films on Demand Provided Description: From producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner (HBO’s Girls), Suited tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that looks beyond the gender binary, creating custom-made suits for gender non-conforming and transgender clients. Clothier duo Rae Tutera and Daniel Friedman take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client’s personal narrative, which becomes inextricable from the creation of the perfect suit. Among those who share their unique stories are a transgender man preparing for his wedding, a New York City cab driver looking to feel comfortable for a big birthday, a young law student struggling through job interviews, and a 12-year-old trans boy whose bravery is only rivaled by his nervousness about looking good for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. A modern, evolved look at gender through the conduit of clothing, this illuminating documentary elucidates the private and emotional experience that those who struggle with gender identity go through when it comes to fashion. With heart and optimism, Suited spotlights the intimate journey of coming into a new identity, accepting difference, and living bravely in one's own skin, underscoring the important message that one size truly doesn’t fit all. An HBO Production.

Citation: Suited [Video file]. (2016). Retrieved June 12, 2019, from

Films on Demand Provided Description: This film presents the premiere of the stage adaption of the award winning film, The Play Within, an emotional and issue-focused fictional drama based on the lives of two real people—Matthew Shepard and Tyler Clementi—and their tragic, untimely deaths. After the play, an audience talkback allows for an exploration of this experience. This is followed by a wide-ranging discussion by psychiatrists, social service providers, clergy, and others who illuminate the history, evolution, and current circumstances that face the LGBTQ community.

Citation: The play within: An lgbtq documentary [Video file]. (2017). Retrieved June 12, 2019, from

Films on Demand Provided Description: This is Life with Lisa Ling series: In this episode, Lisa takes a revealing look inside the exciting, emotional competition that is the world's most prestigious transgender beauty pageant.

Citation: Transbeauty [Video file]. (2017). Retrieved July 2, 2019, from