15 Titles That Show and Celebrate Our Pride

Posted on August 10, 2023

by Pride Inclusion Workgroup

Modelled after Equality Toledo’s event with the Toledo Museum of Art, Hear Me Out, members of TLCPL’s Pride Inclusion Workgroup have chosen media in TLCPL’s collection that are important to them or inspired them to find self-pride, self-acceptance, or to come out.

“Honey” from the album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power by Halsey

Music CD

To me, pride is the antithesis of shame and regret. This song makes me emotional because of the unabashed joy of the singer and the repeated refrain of never forgetting the sweetness of an unafraid lover. – Morgan B.

4th Man Out


This movie is drenched with small town atmosphere, hitting very close to home. The friends stumble along the way to acceptance in a way that feels true, but their determination to be good bros makes the ending even more heartwarming. – Morgan B.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

print   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook

Seeing so many newer titles with LGTQIA+ characters and themes is heartening. Reading a spooky book with an FtM protagonist was something I would’ve loved when I was younger, but I love it now too. – Sam P.


DVD  |  Kanopy

This excellent, funny and moving film about a father who loves and supports his child regardless of their gender identity really resonated with me and helped me better understand the transgender acceptance issues we face as a society. – Amy H.

Life in Cartoon Motion Sound Recording by Mika

Search Ohio

Growing up in a small town, this album was the first I heard by an openly queer artist singing about queer subject-matter and helped me understand that who I am can be celebrated instead of hidden away. – Zach H.

Pure Heroine by Lorde

Music CD

When my boyfriend (now husband) and I came out to our families, it was an incredibly painful process. At that time, in an effort to “get away,” we took a little road trip, stopped at a random store, and picked up Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” CD. We listened to it on repeat all weekend in the car. Whenever I hear songs off that album, I remember this very fragile, but freeing time in our lives when we created a beautiful, unbreakable bond. – Lucas C. S.

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters

print   |   eBook   |   hoopla

The Lumberjanes series is about seeing strong girls at a Camp for Hardcore Lady Types which I find inspiring. – Amy H.

Orange is the New Black Season One


Something about the timing of this show being released, the representation of women loving women, and an incredible transgender actress really felt ahead of its time. Something about it was so validating, even comforting at times. – Sam P.

Pop Rox


This charming and fun short film about the awkwardness of figuring out how to tell someone you like them really resonated with me.  I wish I were this perceptive and brave in high school. – Amy H.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Soundtrack

Music CD

I have very strong, vivid memories of being young and watching this show with my mother, sitting on the couch as she explained to me what it meant to be ‘gay.’ Thank goodness for her. – Morgan B.

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) by Sly and The Family Stone

Music CD   |   Freegal

This song is a super funky appreciation for being who we are. – Amy H.

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel


It was awkward and weirdly baffling to come out as an adult, and seeing this amazing and delightful representation of an active and supportive lesbian group of friends was a great comfort to me.       – Amy H.

The Matrix


Loving The Matrix as a trans person is near cliche at this point. There’s an endless number of theories out there that lend credence to its irrefutable themes of transgender identity, so I’m not going to explain it. You either believe in it or you don’t, but I know that for me it just inspires me and makes me happy to be alive. – Heather K.

World Running Down by Al Hess

print   |   eBook

A transmaculine main character trying to get top surgery in a dystopian world? It’s like all of my favorite things have finally come together in this indie adventure. – Sam P.

True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

Music CD Freegal

True Colors has inspirational lyrics that are all about being yourself and allowing yourself to shine through. It is especially impactful knowing that Lauper was an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community during a time when it could have been detrimental to her career. – Zach H.

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