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Williams Institute Reading Room: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resources in Law and Public Policy: Transgender & Gender Identity

A guide to resources in the Williams Institute Reading Room, part of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law.

Williams Institute Publications


Transgender & Gender Identity, 2020 -

Transgender & Gender Identity, 2010-2019

Transgender & Gender Identity, 1990-2009


*Available for use only by UCLA Law School students, faculty and staff; please request films at the Circulation Desk.  

Framing Agnes. Chase Joynt (Kino Lorber, 2023).  DVD Collection HQ77.8.A364 F73 2023; Film information.  "After discovering case files from a 1950s gender clinic, a cast of trans actors turn a talk show inside out to confront the legacy of a young trans woman forced to choose between honesty and access."

The Most Dangerous Year. Vlada Knowlton (Marymoor Productions, 2018). DVD HQ77.965.U6 M67 2018; Film website. Families with transgender children fight for their children's civil rights. 

Free Cece! Jac Gares (Tugg Edu, 2016).  DVD HQ77.8.M393 F74 2016; film trailer.

Becoming Johanna. Jonathan Skurnik (New Day Films, 2016; Kanopy Streaming, 2017). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. "The journey of a transgender teen."

Becoming More Visible. Pamela French (The Video Project, 2016).  Documentary following four young transgender adults.  Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film information.

Suited. Jason Benjamin (HBO Documentary Films, 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).   "A custom-suit company in NYC helping LGBTQ clients embrace their identities."

Growing Up Coy. Eric Juhola (Still Point Pictures, Outcast Films, 2016). DVD HQ77.8.M3755 G73 2016; Official website

Real Boy. Shaleece Haas Productions (2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); movie trailer.  "A son's transition.  A mom's transformation."

My Transgender Life. (TMW Media, 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only.) "Seven members of the transgender community share their stories." (Canada)

Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story.  Dream Hampton (Frameline, 2015) DVD HQ77.96 .T74 2015; film information. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). Documentary about the murder of young African American transwoman Shelly "Treasure" Hillard.

Growing Up Trans. Karen O'Connor & Miri Navasky (PBS, 2015; Kanopy Streaming, 2017). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website

Call Me Marianna. Karolina Bielawska (Torch Films, 2015). "Portrait of a transgender woman." Polish. Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film trailer.   

Kumu Hina. Dean Hamer (Qwaves, 2014; Kanopy Streaming, 2015). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. Documentary about a Native Hawaiian mahu (transgender woman), who is also a teacher and community leader.

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger. Sam Feder (Moving Train Media, 2014). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film trailer.  Documentary about the transgender author and performance artist.

Trans. Chris Arnold (SexSmartFilms, 2012). Documentary profiling transgender individuals and their stories. Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website

Translatina. Directed by Felipe Degregori; translated by Ricardo Delgado; subtitled by Ivan D'Onadio. (Buenletra Producciones, 2010). [In Spanish]. DVD HQ77.95.P4 T73 2010

The Youth & Gender Media Project: two films by Jonathan Skurnik. (I'm Just Anneke and The Family Journey.) (New Day Films, 2010) DVD HQ77.95.U6 Y68 2010 *Film web site

I am the Queen. Henrique Cirre-Lima, Josue Pellot (Cinema Libre Studio, 2010).  Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. "A celebration of Chicago's Puerto Rican transgender community."

Cruel & Unusual. Janel Baus, Dan Hunt and Reid Williams. (Alluvial Filmworks, 2006) DVD HQ77.95.U6 C78 2006 *Transgender prisoners. 

Boy I Am: a documentary. Sam Feder and Julie Hollar (2006) DVD HQ77.9 .B69 2006. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). "Exploring female-to-male transgender experiences."

Transparent. Jules Rosskam (Frameline, 2005) DVD HQ73.63.U5 .T73 2005; also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).  Film information (Transgender men as parents who have given birth to their children). 

Southern Comfort. Kate Davis (New Video Group, 2003) DVD HQ1075 .S68 2003; *Film information

Toilet Training: Law and Order (In the Bathroom). Tara Mateik. (Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 2003) DVD HQ1075 .T65 2003

Boys Don't Cry. Kimberly Peirce (Fox Searchlight Pictures, Independent Film Channel Productions, 2000) DVD PN1997 .B697 2000

You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men. Candace Schermerhorn, Bestor Cram. (University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 1997) HQ77.7 .Y55 1997 Videocassette.  Also available streaming via Alexander Street

The Salt Mines. Susana Aikin, Carlos Aparicio (Frameline, 1990). "Latina transwomen in New York." Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film information.