Films, books and TV show recommendations

As recommended by staff and students across the university, we have collated a list of films, books and TV shows that feature and celebrate the lives of the LGBTQ+ community, including real life stories, dramas and documentaries.

Join us this February to take some time out to sit back, relax and watch/read one of the reccommened titles during LGBTQ+ History month.

The reading lists and playlists are given for titles available from the DMU library. There are also some further recommendations and links to items beyond our collection.

Books and DVDs in DMU Library 

DMU Library has list of recommended books and DVDs available called DMU Pride 2023, including links to playlists of films and television programmes available to DMU staff and students via Television and Radio on Demand (Box of Broadcasts or BoB).



TV and Radio on demand (BoB)

This streaming service is only available to current DMU staff and students 

The library has a guide that explains how students and staff can access TV and Radio on demand. 

A playlist of recommended films available from this service has been created: DMU Pride 2023 

There is also a playlist of TV shows,  DMU Pride 2023 TV shows


BFI Player: LGBT Collection

Free for everyone

BFI Player offers an extensive collection of films focusing on LGBT Britain, which is free to view online.

The collection explores how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives have been represented over the last century.  It includes film, drama, documentaries and current affairs programmes from the early 20th century onwards. A selection of films available on BFI playerSome of the titles on the LGBT Britain collection on the BFI Player



BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer has a collection of LGBTQ+ programmes available that includes drama, documentary, entertainment and news programmes.

Other recommended films

  • Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt)
  • Song Lang
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Tongues United
  • I Can’t Think Straight
  • Night Flight (Korean: 야간비행) (2014)
  • The Favourite
  • The Boys in the Band
  • Everybody’s talking about Jamie
  • Book Smart 

 watermelon-woman-870-imgThe Watermelon Woman

Other recommended TV shows

  • Big Mouth  
  • Bojack Horseman  
  • Dear White People  
  • Elite  
  • Euphoria 
  • Harlem  
  • Heartstopper  
  • Hollywood  
  • I Am Not Okay With This  
  • La Casa de los Flores (Mexican comedy/drama, Netflix)  
  • Orange is the New Black 
  • Pride 
  • Sense8  
  • Sex Education  
  • Straight up 
  • Tales of the City  
  • The L Word Generation Q  

See recommended books and DVDs available from the DMU library

HBO's 'Euphoria'

Other recommended books not available at DMU Library


  • All Boys Aren’t Blue - George M. Johnson  
  • An Apartment on Uranus - Paul B. Preciado  
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  
  • Arresting dress – crossdressing, law and fascination in nineteenth century San Francisco – Clare Sears  
  • Aspire To (children's book) - Jane Hearst and Sandamini Pallepitiya  
  • Bisexual and Pansexual Identities: Exploring and Challenging Invisibility and Invalidation - Nikki Hayfield  
  • Detransition baby – Torrey Peters  
  • Everything Leads to You - Nina LaCour  
  • Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric - Madison Moore  
  • Female Masculinity - Jack Halberstam (Judith Halberstam)  
  • Gender Swapped Fairy Tales - Karrie Fransman  
  • In Their Shoes: Navigating Non-Binary Life - Jamie Windust  
  • Jane Crow: the life of Pauli Murray – Rosalind Rosenberg  
  • Let the record show – Sarah Schulman  
  • Life as a Unicorn – Amrou Al-Kadhi  
  • Queer: A Collection of LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday - Frank Wynne  
  • Queering Your Therapy Practice: Queer Theory, Narrative Therapy, and Imagining New Identities - Julie Tilsen  
  • Rainbow Milk - Paul Mendez 
  • Sarah - JT Leroy 
  • Straight Jacket – Mathew Todd  
  • The Confession – Jessie Burton  
  • The Last Beginning – Lauren James  
  • The Sex Lives of African Women - Nana Darkoa Sekyiama  
  • The transgender issue – Shon Faye  
  • We Make It Better: The LGBTQ Community and Their Positive Contributions to Society – Eric Rosswood 


aristotle-dante-pride-book-870-imgAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz