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Penn has a large and visible LGBT community, and the Van Pelt Video Collection reflects its broad interests in its acquisitions, which include documentaries as well as popular, mainstream, art house and independently released LGBT-themed films. Our collections include titles from throughout film history and from around the world. We actively collect widely released feature films, but also films of educational or academic interest, which document specific segments of the LGBT community, their movements and their culture.

Films available online and on DVD are listed in the Libraries' catalog here.  Use the facets on the left to limit results to access options (streaming or DVD), languages, producers, dates and subjects in which you are interested.

Over 400 streaming films available from Alexander Street Press can be browsed in their native interface.

  • LGBT films: Paris is Burning, Anders al die Anderen, A Place to Live, Desert hearts, Kissing Jessica Stein, Princess Cyd, The Normal Heart, Maurice, Tangerine, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Querelle, Portrait of Jason
    A cross-section of LGBT films in the Van Pelt Video Collection, including Desert Hearts, Princess Cyd, Chasing the Devil: Inside the Ex-Gay Movement, a still from City of Borders, The Normal Heart, Anders als die anderen, and more.