Playlist: LGBTQ Identities in the Media

Historical Events & Issues Facing LGBTQ Individuals

These media examples address criminalization, medicalization of, and stigma against LGBTQ identities in an historical context, looking at Stonewall, AIDS crisis and activism. Choose one or more:

Coming Out Narratives

These videos show examples of coming out narratives from popular culture, some offering an intersectional perspective. Choose one or more.

Homophobia, Transphobia, & Persecution

These videos address violence, discrimination, and stigma against gays and lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. Choose one or more:

Mainstream Representations of LGBTQ Identities

This media comes from reality and fictional television series that present LGBTQ identities and cultures in the mainstream media. Choose one or more.

Counteracting Stereotypes

This series of videos from BuzzFeed challenges stereotypes about gays and lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. Have students list stereotypes they’ve heard about a particular group before showing the video(s) or do their own “I’m…but I’m not…” exercise. Choose one or more.


The media in this section give examples from the contemporary LGBTQ Rights Movement including anti-hate crime legislation, marriage equality, military bans, and transgender bathroom bills. Choose one or more.

Activism & Advocacy

This section includes examples of activism and advocacy for LGBT rights in a range of media. Choose one or more.

Your Turn!

Get inspired by the media and issues you’ve been exposed to. Think about and create a media project that responds to an LGBTQ issue in your community or national or international politics. Alternately, comment on LGBTQ representations in media/social media you regularly view.

Stuck? Take a look at our DIY section for ideas!

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