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 2024, 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) and Kanopy.

Other recommended books not available on DMU Library

  • 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
  • Gender Swapped Fairy Tales - Karrie Fransman
  • In Their Shoes: Navigating Non-Binary Life - Jamie Windust
  • 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
  • Sarah - JT Leroy
  • The Confession – Jessie Burton
  • The Last Beginning – Lauren James
  • The Sex Lives of African Women - Nana Darkoa Sekyiama
  • 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

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 2024.

There is also a playlist of TV shows, DMU Pride 2024 TV shows


This streaming service is only available to current DMU staff and students. It can be accessed via the library website.

You can watch films on Kanopy on a number of different mobile and TV apps. You can find more information about these different Kanopy apps through the Kanopy support pages.

The LGBT section in Kanopy includes a wide range of international films and documentaries.

BFI Player: LGBT Collection

Free for everyone

BFI Player offers an extensive collection of films focusing on Queer Britain, which is free to view online. It explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century.

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
  • Tongues Untied
  • I Can’t Think Straight
  • Night Flight (Korean: 야간비행) (2014)
  • The Boys in the Band
  • Everybody’s talking about Jamie
  • Book Smart

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  


HBO's 'Euphoria'