LGBTQ2S+ Video Resources
The videos listed below are available to borrow from the
BCTF Information Services Department.
- Apples and Oranges (16 min) (Grades 3-5) c2003
During class discussions, children’s paintings magically
dissolve into two short animated stories. In one, a girl finds out that
creativity, not revenge, is the best way to deal with a school bully. In
the second, two friends skateboard together, until one finds out the
other is gay. Stereotyping, name-calling, intolerance, and bullying are
- Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World:
By sharing the personal stories coming out of developing nations, this
film sheds light on an emerging global movement striving to end
discrimination and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and
- From Criminality to Equality: 40 years of lesbian and gay movement history in Canada from 1969 to 2009.
A collection of four films (listed below) directed by Nancy Nicol. All
are highly recommended for Social Justice 12, Social Studies and Law
- God Loves Uganda (83 min.) (Secondary) c2013
This feature-length documentary is a powerful exploration of
the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported
from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan
religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying
to convince Ugandans to
follow Biblical law. Secondary lesson plans can be
found on the lesson plan page.
- The Homophobia Project
tells the story of Janet and John, two heterosexuals growing up in a
world turned upside down and back to front. The film explores their
experiences in childhood and the school system as they navigate a world
where same-sex relationships are the norm and heterosexuality is not.
The film is adapted from the highly acclaimed play which toured UK
schools in summer 2007. Powerful and provocative, it has proven to be an
extremely effective way to confront both homophobia and homophobic
bullying. Suitable for Grade 8 and up. A full Teacher's Pack with
follow up work is included as e-connect.
- In Other Words (27 min) (Grades 7-12) c2001
Language and the power of words are the specific topic here.
We see the impact of homophobic name-calling on the growth and
development of youth, aged 14 to 22. They share details of their lives
and their struggles with their identity and their place in society.
Important word definitions are given, with historical animations about
the derivation of some terms. Very positive messages for LGBTQ youth and
their friends. Information for teachers on the video liner provides
background, discussion points, and activities.
- It’s Elementary (78 or 38 min) (Professional, parent) c1996
Described as funny, touching and fascinating, this
groundbreaking, award-winning production presents a powerful case for
making anti-gay prejudice an educational issue. Featuring work by
elementary/middle school (up to Grade 9) students and interviews with
teachers of varied sexual orientations, it demonstrates how elementary
schools can successfully address this sensitive area of teaching respect
for all. It models excellent teaching about family diversity,
name-calling, stereotypes, community-building, and more. A 24-page
viewing guide is included. Two versions are available.
- Laramie Inside Out:
In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally
beaten and left to die. His shocking murder pushed Laramie into the
media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia,
gay-bashing and hate crimes. Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger, a Laramie
native, returns home to the site of her own closeted adolescence to
investigate the impact of Shepard’s murder.
- Let’s Get Real (35 min) (Middle school) c2003
Told entirely from a youth perspective, this video gives
young people the chance to tell their own stories. It examines many
issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including race, perceived
sexual orientation, religion, learning disabilities, sexual harassment,
and others. The film not only gives a voice to targeted kids, but also
to those who bully, to find out why they lash out and how it makes them
feel. The most heartening stories are those of kids who have mustered
the courage to stand up for themselves or a friend.
- My Name Was January
January Marie Lapuz was a transgender woman of
colour who was murdered in September 2012 in New Westminster, British Columbia.
She was an advocate for trans rights and was known as the “bright light” among
Vancouver’s LGBTQ community. This documentary feature film is a
celebration of January’s life, among other trans women of colour. This
film is about remembering the impact that January had on the lives of
everyone she encountered. This film is about uplifting the narratives and lived
experiences of trans women of colour. This film is about collectively
liberating all marginalized and oppressed people.
- One of Them (25 min) (Secondary) c2000
Six high school students plan a Human Rights Day, and have
to confront their own difficulties in addressing homophobia that is
manifested in several ways. The focus is on graffiti, name-calling,
discrimination, and stereotypes, rather than sexual activity. Some
characters seem very stereotypical, but they nonetheless portray the
negative reactions and behaviours often seen in high schools. This
dramatization prompts viewers to examine their own feelings, easily
leading into class discussion. Background information and class
activities are included on the video liner.
- One Summer in New Paltz: A Cautionary Tale:
Set against a backdrop of the Bush administration's policy of endless
war and assault on civil liberties, One Summer in New Paltz is a
cautionary tale of a young mayor of a small village who stunned his
neighbors and the nation by performing 25 same-sex marriages in defiance
of state law. As a result, thousands of gay couples flooded New Paltz
seeking to be married. The film probes the debate on same-sex marriage
and also documents the first day of legal same-sex marriages in Boston
in May, 2004.
- Out in the Silence captures the
remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of
filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of
controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown.
- Sticks and Stones (17 min) (Grades 3-7) c2001
This documentary looks at the lives of children aged 5 to
12, from various backgrounds, using their own words to show how
homophobic language affects their lives. The two main topics in the
video are family and name-calling. Children of gay and lesbian parents
share their sense of isolation, their fear of discovery, and their
struggle with making choices and facing intimidation. Animation
sequences are added, to illustrate simple concepts and the history of
homophobic slang words. Family photos of differing families are
included. Information for teachers on the video liner provides
background, discussion points and activities. (Secondary students could
use this as a discussion starter.)
- StraightLaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up (67 min) (Secondary) c2009
Straightlaced reveals the toll that deeply held stereotypes
and rigid gender roles have on all our lives. It offers both teens and
adults a way out of anxiety, fear, and violence. This documentary
highlights fifty diverse students who take viewers on a powerful,
intimate journey to see how popular pressures around gender and
sexuality are shaping the lives of today’s teens.
- That’s a Family! (35 min) (Elementary, Middle school) c2000
This video helps elementary children see and understand the
many different shapes of today’s families. With courage and humour, the
children take viewers on a tour through their lives as they speak
candidly about what it’s like to grow up in a family with parents of
different races or religions, divorced parents, a single parent, gay or
lesbian parents, adoptive parents, or grandparents as guardians. It
comes with an extensive discussion/teaching guide, with lesson plans,
suggestions for facilitating classroom discussion at different grade
levels, and additional resources for teachers, families, and children.
- Ugly Ducklings
explores the realities of harassment, bullying and homophobia and its
devastating effects on today's lesbian and gay youth. The documentary
promotes awareness, understanding and advocacy and supports a call for
change in behaviors and policies regarding LGBTQ youth.
YouTube and Media
Additional recommended titles that may be acquired from other sources
The following two videos are National Film Board of Canada productions. For more information, see the NFB website: www.nfb.ca.
- Forbidden Love (84 min) (Adult) c1992
women paint a hilarious, rebellious portrait of lesbian sexuality,
against a backdrop of tabloid headlines, book covers, and dramatizations
from lesbian pulp novels.
- Stolen Moments (92 min) (Adult, professional) c1997
exhaustive look at lesbian history (Europe, USA, and Canada) from the
1920s to the present. It includes old film footage and dramatic
recreations, music, comic moments, and memories. Featured are Joan
Nestle, Judy Grahn, Audre Lorde, Leslie Feinberg, and other notable
women. Although adult-oriented, the video would be useful for mature
students wishing to learn more about the forces that shaped modern
Contact Moving Images Distribution for information on the following
two videos. Phone: 604-684-3014, or toll-free: 1-800-684-3014; online
catalogue at www.movingimages.ca.
- Gay Spirit (52 min) (Secondary, adult) c1996
gays and lesbians talk about their struggle to be out and to be part of
their faith communities. They are: a Muslim man living with AIDS, a man
brought up Pentecostal, a Jewish lesbian, a Seventh Day Adventist, and
two lesbian partners and former nuns. Dr. Martin Brokenleg provides
insight into the challenges these individuals have faced. He stresses
the importance of overcoming discrimination, and reminds viewers that
about 35% of adolescent suicides are by teens questioning their
- Little Sister’s vs. Big Brother (71 min) (Adult, secondary) c2002
1983, Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium has resisted bigotry,
bombings, and books held at the border. The Vancouver bookstore pushed
its battle against Canada Customs all the way to Canada’s Supreme Court.
Here are many key moments in their battle against censorship—book
seizures, personal courage, violence against Vancouver’s queer
communities, and court decisions. It also delves into the passions and
principles that have driven the four personalities from Little Sister’s
in this long struggle. Well-known writers, BC Civil Liberties
Association, and ACLU, all speak out in defence of the right of all
Canadians to read and view what they choose.
The following title is distributed by Vtape. www.vtape.org
- Rewriting the Script: A Love Letter to our Families (46 min) (Professional) c2002
video explores the loves, lives, and sexualities of lesbian, gay, and
transgender South Asians in Canada and their families. The subjects,
parents and other family members, talk about the struggle to redefine
their relationships. The sound quality is mediocre but the stories are
compelling and informative. Excellent for parents. The video comes with
an extensive discussion guide, for exploring issues of religion, family,
community pressures, and strategies for building support.
This video can be ordered from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. www.glsenstore.org/outside-the-lines-video-and-manual.html
- Outside the Lines: The World of the Gay Athlete (17 min) (Secondary, adult) c2000
ESPN video charts the journeys of two students competing as openly gay
athletes in very different climates. Both students movingly reveal their
courage and resilience. Great for coaches/educators, the video is
accompanied by a 24-page viewing guide with lessons, discussion
questions, and other resources for building equity in athletics.