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BPS Recommends: Celebrating Trans Artists this Trans Awareness Week

Thursday, 02 November




To celebrate #TransAwarenessWeek, we’re sharing a fantastic line-up of films, television shows and podcasts featuring or created by artists from the trans community. From comedy, drama, documentary and sitcom, there's something for everyone. So, what are we waiting for? Check out our recommendations here!

Pose (2018-2021)

16+ | 3 Seasons | Drama

An enlightening and empowering series about New York City's Ball culture, an LGBTQ subculture in the African-American and Latino communities, throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Known for its groundbreaking casting of trans actors in trans roles that were prominent regular characters on the show.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the series.

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Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2018)

16+ | 15 Mins | Short

Happy Birthday, Marsha! is a film about iconic transgender artist and activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson, and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.

Watch the short.

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Sex Education (2019 -2023)

18 | 4 Seasons | Comedy

Insecure Otis has all the answers when it comes to sex advice, thanks to his therapist mother. So rebel Maeve proposes a school sex-therapy clinic. Featuring empowering and genuine representation of trans youth.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the show.

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Disclosure (2020)

15 | 1 Hour 47 Mins | Documentary

In this documentary, leading trans creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood's impact on the trans community.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the Documentary.

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Butterfly (2018)

Series | Drama

Drama following an 11-year-old boy who is suppressing his real identity as a girl, and his separated parents. Max begins to dress and behave as a girl but when he wants to be known as Maxine, his father struggles to cope with the news.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the series.

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A Fantastic Woman (2017)

15 | 1 Hour 44 Mins | Drama

Sebasti√°n Lelio's Oscar-winning drama starring Daniela Vega. A transgender woman becomes a suspect in her boyfriend's accidental death. In Spanish/subs.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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The Extraordinary Life of April Ashley (2022)

47 Mins | Documentary 

From wartime Liverpool slums to London's high society, the epic story of the model, dancer and transgender pioneer who changed Britain. 

Watch the show.

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Lily: A Transgender Story (2020)

39 Mins | Documentary

Filmed over five years, this is the story of Lily Jones and her transition from male to female ‚Äď a journey which began when she was 15 and living with her farming family in mid-Wales.¬†

Watch the show.

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What The Trans?! 

A UK-based independent podcast and website with over 90  episodes that aim to speak to trans people, not for them

Listen on YouTube.

Listen on Spotify.

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Start Watching/Listening...

With so many great recommendations, it’s about time we start watching and listening, if we want to get through the list. Follow Live & Local on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Threads for regular film recommendations and more.

Streaming Films Online

Many of the films on BBC iPlayer, ITVX and All4 offer subtitles and audio description.
For a handy guide on getting setting up and using BBC iPlayer on your smart TV click here.

A guide to film certificate age ratings can be found here.


Find out more about Trans Awareness Week here.

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