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LGBTQ+ Studies: Films & TV

Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Questioning, and Asexual studies

LGBTQ+ in the Movies from 1920s onward

The Celluloid Closet - LGBTQ in cinema from 1920s to mid-1990s - Library North 1st floor, Call Number: Video DVD PN1995.9.H55 C444 2001

Based on book by Vito Russo, The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies - Library North 4th floor, PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema - LGBTQ in cinema from 1920s to mid-2000s - Library North 1st floor, Call Number: Video DVD PN1995.9.H55 F33 2005

Prelinger Archives Archives has over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films from the 1940s onward.

Try a keyword search for homosexual or lesbian - and see what "educational" films teens of the 1960s were subjected to...

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Jill Anderson

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Gender & Sexuality Collections Archivist


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Sociology/Data Services Librarian

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LGBTQ+ Films & TV @ the GSU Library

The Google doc linked here highlights the LGBTQ+ feature films, TV series, and documentary films we have available from the Library on DVD and via streaming film options (Kanopy, Swank, and Films on Demand)

The list is not necessarily all-encompassing of the LGBTQ+ media we have available through the library. If you’re wondering if we have a specific film/TV series, you can search the GIL-Find catalog: And also feel free to suggest purchases if we're missing something.


Streaming Films via the Library

1960s TV Coverage of "Homosexuality"

The Rejected is generally acknowledged as being the first ever U.S. televised documentary about "homosexuality," broadcast on September 11th 1961. Originally titled 'The Gay Ones', The Rejected was filmed mostly in the KQED studio. Full documentary here.

"The Homosexuals" is a March 7, 1967 episode of the documentary television series CBS Reports, anchored by Mike Wallace. Full episode here.

In The Life LGBT News Magazine Show Archive

image from UCLA Film & Television Archive

"Created and produced by John Scagliotti, In the Life first premiered in 1992 on the New York public television station WNYC-TV, a PBS affiliate, and thrived for 20 years as a trailblazer in LGBT representation and equal rights advocacy." [from UCLA Film & Television Archive's "About In the Life" site]

WATCH In the Life episodes

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