SHORT

Videos

These short videos show different LGBTQ+ experiences, and may be useful resources for the classroom.

The Basics: Making Colleges Queer and Trans-Inclusve

‘Ask Me’: What Students Want Their Professors to Know

In this video (11:50) produced by the Chronicle of Education several years ago, queer and trans students at four-year colleges and universities discuss their educational needs.

Why Gender Pronouns Matter

In this video (4:20) produced by Seventeen (2017), a few non-binary and genderqueer young people talk about why their pronouns are important, and what we can do to respect them.

What Make a College LGBTQIA+ Friendly

In this video (7:08) produced by BestColleges and Campus Pride (2020), Campus Pride Founder and Executive Director Shane Windmeyer introduces viewers to Campus Pride, a group dedicated to helping colleges be LGBTQ-friendly.

Queer and Trans BIPOC Experiences

Two Spirit People are Reclaiming Their Land

This episode of Transnational (22:06), produced by Vice News (2022), examines the leadership of Two Spirt people in activism to reclaim the land and protect the environment.

What It’s Like to be Queer and Undocumented

This video (8:09), produced by Them, shares the perspective of one undocumented trans activist in New York City. He talks about his relationship with his family, coming into his trans identity, and his fight for immigrant rights.

Aikāne

Aikāne is a Native Hawaiian cultural tradition that means intimate friend of the same sex. This video (13:54), produced by Them (2023), simultaneously tells a story of queer love and the battle against colonial rule.

The Meaning of Mahu

This short video (2:03), produced by the Kuma Hina Project (2015), talks about the Native Hawaiian concept of Mahu, people who embraced both masculine and feminine traits. When American colonizers arrived in Hawaii they tried to abolish the traditional inclusion of Mahu.

What Does Two Spirit Mean?

This short video (6:16) produced by Them (2018) explains what Two Spirit means. Two Spirit refers to Native people who define their gender and sexual orientations in non-normative ways. They have often been honored in their tribes.

Being Queer and Latine

In this video (4:52), also produced by Pero Like (2022), several people talk about their experiences being queer and Latine. They shed light on their decision to come out (or not come out) to family, and their relationship with their family, culture.

Why Some Black LGBTQIA+ Folks are Done ‘Coming Out’

In this video (4:30) produced by the Root (2020), the Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition David Johns discusses some the of the distinct experiences of Black queer people as they decide whether or not to come out to family and friends.

“We’re Asians, Gay and Proud”: The Story Behind the Photo

In this short video (7:05), produced by NBC (2018) for a series on Asian American queer and trans life, the speakers talk about discovering Asian Americans in queer history.

Never Not Been a Part of Me

This video (18:04) was produced by the Oakland Museum of California (2019). In it, several Two Spirit and queer Native Americans discuss their gender and sexuality in relationship to their Native cultures.

Struggles of Being Trans and Latinx

In this video, produced by Pero Like (2019), several people discuss their expriences being both trans and Latine.

Are Black Trans Men Invisible?

In this video (4:23), produced by the Root (2018), two Black trans men discuss their experiences feeling invisible and underrepresented.

Visibility at Pride: The Pacific Islanders Who Marched in 1982

This episode (7:26) of a 5-part series on Asian and Pacific Islander queer and trans culture, produced by NBC (2018), discusses the experiences of queer Pacific Islanders, focusing on the participation of Pacific Islanders in a 1982 Pride parade in its exploration of the past and present.

Black LGBT People Talk to Their Families About Coming Out

In this video (7:53), produced by Them (2018), several Black queer people talk to members of their family about their experience coming out.

Celebrating My Black and Queer Identities

In this video (2:12) produced by GLAAD (2018), several people shed light on the ways they feel proud to be Black and Queer.

Queer and Muslim in America

This video (6:08), produced by PBS (2017), host Tonilyn A. Sideco talks with PhD candidate and queer Muslim activist Eman Abdelhadi about growing up Muslim, finding a community of other queer Muslims, mental illness, rereading her own history and her commitment to her Muslim identity.

Exploring the Roots of Chicago’s Queer South Asian Community

This video (7:47), part of NBC’s 5-part series about queer Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (2018), examines queer South Asian cultural expressions and activism.

TRANS AND NON-BINARY EXPERIENCES

I Am: Trans People Speak – Laverne Cox

In this video (2:31) produced by GLAAD (2012) Actress Laverne Cox talks about being a trans woman, what it means to blend or not blend in, growing up in the Black church, and her relationship with her mom.

Shamir Explains the History of the Word ‘Agender’

This video (3:40), produced by Them (2018), explains the origins of the word in 2000, and defines what agender means. The word took off several years after it first started circulating, being featured in a New York Times story in 2013. The internet has been instrumental in helping young people learn about the term.

Journeys Through Trans Masculinity

In this video (3:32) produced by As/Is (2015), several trans men discuss their experiences with masculinity growing up as well as their experiences with masculinity as trans men in the present.

Jacob Tobia Explains the History of the Term ‘Genderqueer’

This video (7:02), produced by Them (2018), defines and tells the history of the the term ‘genderqueer.’ Its origins is in the 1990s, and it encompasses gender variation in many ways. It’s rooted in queer activist history.

GLAAD Video on Trans Youth

This video (1:07), produced by GLAAD in 2021, tells a sweet story of a trans high school student introducing himself as Jake to his classmates in high school for the first time, after a period away due to the pandemic.

5 Non-Binary People Explain What Non-Binary Means to Them

This video (7:32), produced by Tinder (2019), contains interviews with several non-binary people who define what being non-binary means to them personally. They also talk about their personal journeys.

Angelica Ross Explains the History of the Term ‘Transgender’

In this video (7:02), produced by Them in 2018, actress Angelica Ross explains the history of the term ‘transgender’ from the 1960s to the present. She explains how the meaning of the term has evolved over time, and how activists and trans people defined the term in comparison to medical science.

DIVERSE QUEER IDENTITES

5 Asexual People Explain What ‘Asexual’ Means to Them

This video (4:55), produced by Tinder (2019), shares the perspectives of several people who discuss what it means to them to be asexual and/or aromantic, shedding light on their experiences with stereotypes and a lack of understanding by many people.

What Its Like to be Intersex

This video (3:25), produced by As/Is (2015), tells the stories of several intersex people — people who have some variation in biological sex characteristics. They focus in this video on medical discrimination, including forced surgeries and hormonal treatment, as well as feelings of isolation and stigma and learning to feel empowered.

Elana Rubin Explains What ‘Pansexual’ Means

This video (5:12) produced by Them (2018), explains the history of pansexuality as a sexuality and identity, culminating in the 1990s and 2000s to mean people who are attracted people of all genders or all people regardless of gender. The usage of the term peaked in recent years.

Tyler Ford Explains the History of the Term ‘Queer’

This video (3:37), produced by Them (2018), provides a brief history of the term ‘queer,’ from its use as a homophobic slur to its reclamation by activists proclaiming their genders and sexualities proudly.

Disability, Mental Health, and Neurodiversity

Nyle DiMarco and Chela Mann on Being Queer and Deaf

In this video (4:22), produced by Them (2018), Chella Mann and Nyle DiMarco chat with each other about what it means to them to be queer and deaf, including seeking out queer deaf community.

Queer Disabled Podcaster Talks About Sex and Intimacy

In this four-minute video produced by Them (2018), Andrew Gurza discusses sexuality, disability, and queerness. 

The Importance of Prioritizing Mental Health for the LGBTQ+ Community

In this video (1:40), produced by the Mayo Clinic (2023), a psychologist talks about some of the unique mental health needs of many queer and trans people.

Neuroqueer and Autigender

This video (5:02), produced by YouTuber Sydney Zarlengo (2021), provides a brief overview of the connection between queerness and neurodiversity, explaining the terms neuroqueer and autigender.