September 23, 2019 (New York, NY)  – This week, academic LGBTQ publisher Harrington Park Press has made available a free and public database of 183 films and television shows celebrating the diversity and richness of transgender lives.

Transgender-Studies_cover_1200pxThe sortable “Films and Television Featuring Transgender People or Themes” was compiled from the “Films and Television of Interest” lists found at the end of each chapter of “Introduction to Transgender Studies.” Published in February 2019, it is the first ever introductory textbook intended for transgender/trans studies at the undergraduate level.

In “Introduction to Transgender Studies,” author Ardel Haefele-Thomas not only explores transgender lives in historical and political contexts, but shares dozens of intimate personal stories and essays from around the world, and celebrates the art, literature and cultural contributions transgender people.

The inclusion of the lists was part of an overall effort to insure the book’s impact reaches far beyond “Transgender 101” and courses in LGBTQ, queer, and gender/feminist studies.

“I have often found that students experience a good deal of anxiety, trepidation, and confusion when studying issues pertaining to sex and gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation,” said Haefele-Thomas. “I wrote this book to create a safe space for the full spectrum of undergraduate students, ranging from those who have never thought about gender issues to students who identify as transgender, trans, nonbinary, agender, and/or gender expansive. In short, the language and the artwork in this book are meant to be welcoming.”

The free and public “Films and Television Featuring Transgender People or Themes” list is available via the “Introduction to Transgender Studies” page at •

Below, “Introduction to Transgender Studies” author Ardel Haefele-Thomas recommends  twelve films featuring transgender subjects, characters or themes. Don’t know or understand transgender people? Take yourself to the movies!


Harrington Park Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, is an academic, scholarly, and professional book publisher devoted to emerging topics in LGBTQ diversity, equality, and inclusivity.




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