35 Free Resources to Celebrate Pride

June 23, 2020

UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff have free access to streaming movies, documentaries, e-books and artists’ books from all over the globe. We’ve put together a short selection of these items to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. See the list below:

Movie posters


5 Days in New York (2014, 52 mins) 

On June 28, 1969, the New York Police Department conducted a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. The partying bar patrons decided to defend themselves and fought back. Today, this event is celebrated in a series of parties in cities all over the world. “Five Days in New York” takes viewers back to the origins of the gay pride movement in New York City. Stream “5 Days in New York” on Film Platform.

Brokeback Mountain (2005, 2 hrs 14 mins) 

It’s 1963 and Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives. Stream “Brokeback Mountain” on Swank Digital Campus.

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (2015, 1 hr 25 mins) 

A group of nine compelling, hilarious and always rebellious women paint a portrait of lesbian sexuality against a backdrop of tabloid headlines, book covers and dramatizations from lesbian pulp novels. Stream “Forbidden Love” on Docuseek.

From This Day Forward (2017, 1 hr 35 mins) 

When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father’s transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage survived the radical changes that threatened to tear them apart. Stream “From This Day Forward” on Docuseek.

How to Survive a Plague (2012, 2 hrs) 

“How to Survive a Plague” tells the story of the young men and women who reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This group of activists bucked oppression and infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores. Stream “How to Survive a Plague” on Film Platform.

Inside the Chinese Closet (2015, 1 hr 12 mins) 

Andy and Cherry are looking for love and happiness in Shanghai. They are homosexual but their families demand a (heterosexual) marriage and children. Being single and childless would mean an unacceptable loss of face for their rural families in the remote countryside where they live. Andy and Cherry’s stories mirror the legal and cultural progress in China against the backdrop of a nation coming to terms with new moral values. Stream “Inside the Chinese Closet” on Film Platform.

Inside Out (2006, 39 mins) 

“Inside Out” documents the daily activities of three individuals who are coming to terms with their transgender identities and the related emotional and physical transformations while living in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Stream “Inside Out” on Docuseek.

Madam Phung’s Last Journey (2016, 1 hr 27 mins) 

“Madam Phung’s Last Journey” takes viewers on a year-long ride with an itinerant troupe of cross-dressing performers, led by Madam Phung, as they travel the remote southern regions and central highlands of Vietnam. Stream “Madam Phung’s Last Journey” on Docuseek.

Moonlight (2016, 1 hr 55 mins) 

A young black man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the struggles of childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood. Stream “Moonlight” on Swank Digital Campus.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985, 1 hr 37 mins) 

Set in the Pakistani community in south London, “My Beautiful Laundrette” focuses on two youths: Johnny, who is white and working-class, and Omar, who is Pakistani. Together, they operate a laundromat, which Omar inherits from his uncle. While Johnny looks upon the laundromat as a lifeline on which to salvage his self-respect, Omar sees it as just the beginning step on the road to riches. Stream “My Beautiful Laundrette” on Swank Digital Campus.

Mosquita y Mari (2012, 1 hr 25 mins) 

“Mosquita y Mari” is a coming-of-age tale about a pair of Latina teens who fall gradually in love against the backdrop of Southeast Los Angeles. When straight-A student Yolanda, aka Mosquita, decides to help struggling Mari with her homework, an intense attraction evolves between the two. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Stream “Mosquita y Mari” on Kanopy.

Pride Denied: Homonational and the Future of Queer Politics (2016, 1 hr 2 mins) 

This film locates the origins of pride in sites of grassroots resistance and revolt, going back to the anti-police Stonewall uprising led by queer and trans people of color in 1969. It traces how the deeply political roots of pride morphed into the depoliticized big-business PRIDE TM spectacles of today. Drawing on the insights of activists, artists and educators, “Pride Denied” makes the case for returning to the progressive political activism and grassroots community support that characterized the early LGBT rights movement. Stream “Pride Denied” on Kanopy. 

Rebels on Pointe (2017, 1 hr 30 mins) 

Exploring themes of identity, dreams and family, “Rebels on Pointe” is a documentary film celebrating the world-famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all-male drag ballet company was founded over 40 years ago in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots. The film juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character driven stories and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan. Stream “Rebels on Pointe” on Docuseek.

XXY (2007, 1 hr 27 mins) 

As Alex, a 15-year-old girl who was born intersex, begins to explore her sexuality, her mother invites friends from Buenos Aires and their 16-year-old son Alvaro to visit them at their house on the gorgeous Uruguayan shore. Alex is immediately attracted to the young man, which adds yet another level of complexity to her personal search for identity, and forces both families to face their worst fears. Stream “XXY” on Kanopy.

Watermelon Woman (1996, 1 hr 25 mins) 

A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl Dunye, becomes obsessed with a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Dunye is determined to learn more about the actress known as the “Watermelon Woman” and make her the subject of a documentary. Dunye discovers that not only was Fae Richards a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian. She begins to see parallels between Fae’s relationship with a white director and her own budding romanceStream “Watermelon Woman” on Kanopy.

Book Covers


Are Prisons Obsolete?

For generations of Americans, the abolition of slavery was sheerest illusion. Similarly, the entrenched system of racial segregation seemed to last forever. The brutal and exploitative American prison system that has succeeded formal slavery has reaped millions of dollars to states, as well as untold miseries for tens of thousands of people. In this book, Angela Davis argues how social movements transformed these institutions and made such practices untenable. (Adapted from catalog summary.)   

Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry

Essex Hemphill is a gay American poet and activist whose work centered around the intersection of race, identity, sexuality and HIV. In 1992, “Ceremonies” won the National Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual New Author Award.   

Directed By Desire: The Collected Poems Of June Jordan

June Jordan is a Jamaican American writer, poet, playwright and essayist. Her works, many autobiographical in nature, cover topics such as civil rights and sexual expression. “Directed by Desire” is a collection of her work spanning from her early career to her battle with and eventual death from breast cancer.   

Giovanni’s Room

Set in contemporary Paris, a young American man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. James Baldwin’s novel delves into the mystery of love with a powerful story about the complexities of sexuality. 

Just as I Am

Lynn Harris’s novel centers around the lives of Raymond, a young black lawyer from the South, and Nicole, an aspiring artist. Their ideas and experiences with love, sexuality and authenticity help to show the complexities of queer life.


Octavia Butler is an award-winning American science fiction writer. She has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for her science fiction novels, and she was also the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur fellowship. Kindred uses a time-traveling heroine to tell a story about slavery and the antebellum South.   

Miracle’s Boys 

This young adult novel by Jacqueline Woodson follows three brothers growing up in Washington Heights, New York. The brothers, orphaned by the death of their mother, struggle with the emotions that accompany the loss of parents and the work of getting through their day-to-day life.    

Tipping the Velvet

“Tipping the Velvet” is a historical novel set in 19th-century England. The book is a coming-of-age story of a woman who falls in love with someone unexpected and their experiences in London.   


“Untamed” is the third memoir written by blogger Glennon Doyle. This book depicts her experiences of realization and self-acceptance while exiting her marriage with her husband and falling in love with a woman.

Zami, a New Spelling of My Name

Audre Lorde is an American poet, writer and activist who dedicated her life and work to fight racism, classism, sexism and homophobia. “Zami” depicts Lorde’s childhood of growing up in Harlem to immigrant parents, to her development and adulthood. Much of the book is dedicated to the women in her life that helped to shape her identity.

Art book covers

Artists’ Books

Art After Stonewall: 1969-1989

Edited by Jonathan Weinberg with Tyler Cann, Anastasia Kinigopoulo, and Drew Sawyer

“Art After Stonewall” reveals the impact of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights movement on the art world. The Stonewall Riots of June 1969 sparked the beginning of the struggle for gay and lesbian equality, and yet fifty years later, key artists who fomented the movement remain little known. This book tells the stories behind their works, which cut across media, performance, photographs, painting, sculpture, film and music with images taken from magazines, newspapers and television.

Request “Art After Stonewall” online to check out.

Boys Don’t Cry

Artist: Frank Ocean

This 360-page glossy magazine is the companion piece to Ocean’s most recent full-length album, “Blonde.” The publication includes photography and short stories. “Boys Don’t Cry” mixes Ocean’s personal narratives with visuals of cars, the human form, textiles, portraiture and landscapes.

Boys Don’t Cry” is available in-library use only from the Sloane Art Library Artists’ Books Collection.

El muro/The Wall

Artist: Eduardo Hernández Santos

“El muro” is a collection of ten triptych photographs documenting the Cuban LGBTQ community. Eduardo Hernández Santos made these photographs of homosexuals, transgenders and crossdressers in the summer of 2005 at Havana, Cuba’s seafront wall. Hernández Santos used transfer lettering to press onto his images the words of the late, gay, Cuban poet and playwright, Virgilio Pinera. Taken together, the pictures in this book tell a story of human endurance and triumph.

El muro/The Wall” is available in-library use only from the Sloane Art Library Artists’ Books Collection.

Faces and Phases

Artist: Zanele Muholi

South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s images offer a bold stance against the stigmatization of lesbian and gay sexualities in Africa and beyond. The “Faces and Phases” series of black and white portraits by Muholi focuses on the commemoration and celebration of black lesbians’ lives.

Request “Faces and Phases” online to check out.

The Fae Richards Photo Archive

Artists: Cheryl Dunye and Zoe Leonard

“The Fae Richards Photo Archive” is a collaborative project of filmmaker Cheryl Dunye and photographer Zeo Leonmard. The photo narrative comprises of eighty-two images that document the life story of Fae Richards, a fictional black lesbian actress and blues singer. Dunye later made the film “The Watermelon Woman” about Richards and the archive itself.

Request “The Fae Richards Photo Archive” online to check out.

How To Transition On 63 Cents A Day

Artist: Lee Krist 

This unbound book is a memoir with a non-linear narrative that unfolds through thirty postcards from the author to his mother. This epistolary tells the tale of the author moving from New York City to Portland, Oregon, and physically transitioning from female to male.

How To Transition On 63 Cents A Day” is available in-library use only from the Sloane Art Library Artists’ Books Collection.

Ladies First

Artist: Keith Smith 

“Ladies First” continues Smith’s playful exploration of art history and gender as the female subjects of formal 18th and 19th century portraits take younger, wax-chested male lovers or transition into men with accompanying commentary for the portraits. The bottom border contains a running text regarding the process of “Ladies First.”

Ladies First” is available in-library use only from the Sloane Art Library Artists’ Books Collection.


Artist: Karen Chance 

“Parallax” depicts the thoughts and reveries of two men who encounter each other on the subway, one straight, one gay, and their opposing views on male homosexuality.

Parallax” is available in-library use only from the Sloane Art Library Artists’ Books Collection.


Artist: Christopher Schulz 

“Pinups” is a queer zine that features either one or two nude models in each issue. The magazine exists in book form but can be disassembled and tiled to reveal a life-size image.

Pinups” is available in-library use only from the Sloane Art Library Artists’ Books Collection.

Wrongly Bodied: Documenting Transition from Female to Male

Artist: Clarissa Sligh 

“Wrongly Bodied” relates the stories of Jake, a contemporary white male imprisoned in a woman’s body, as he transitions from female to male, and Ellen Craft, a 19th century black slave woman who escapes to Philadelphia from Georgia by passing as a white male slave owner.

Wrongly Bodied” is available in-library use only from the Sloane Art Library Artists’ Books Collection.

Find more films to stream on our library streaming guide. Learn more about the Artists’ Books Collection and find books from the Art Library’s collection in the library catalog.