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Outfest UCLA Legacy Project

In 2005, UCLA Film & Television Archive partnered with Outfest (founded at UCLA in 1982) to create the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for LGBT Moving Image Preservation.  It is the largest publicly accessible collection of LGBTQ films in the world, a vital resource for students, faculty and researchers interested in LGBTQ moving images.

The first of its kind and landmark in its scope, the Legacy Project contains a diverse range of LGBTQ media, from rare titles (the Gay Girls Riding Club's Spy on the Fly, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and Always on Sunday) to more well-known films (Jamie Babbit's But I'm A Cheerleader) and influential independent works (Sankofa's The Passion of Remembrance).  Material available in the Legacy Project includes submitted and accepted festival entries, features and shorts, activist and experimental works, television programs, public service announcements, commercials, music videos and electronic press kits that provide a unique perspective on issues concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender variant identities and experiences.


With over 35,000 holdings in the collection, the Legacy Project has established itself as the leading archive for LGBTQ media preservation.

Download an informal list of holdings in the Legacy Project as a PDF document or an Excel spreadsheet.  To arrange onsite research viewing of Legacy Project titles at UCLA, please contact the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC).

Legacy Project: Sample Areas

Highlights include the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Collection, the GLAAD Trans and Intersex Media Collection, the Q Network Collection, oral history interviews conducted by media scholar Alexandra Juhasz and home movies by Pat Rocco.

General Collection: LGBTQ Resources

UCLA Film & Television Archive has extensive holdings relevant to LGBTQ studies, including motion pictures, television productions, news broadcasts and public affairs programs. To search for additional titles, please see our Archive Catalog.

Digital Initiatives

UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest have launched an online lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender moving-image research area that will feature more than 190 episodes of the groundbreaking public television series In the Life at its core.  The digital portal includes two decades' worth of broadcasts of the Emmy-nominated LGBTQ news magazine.  Explore the In the Life project and read our collection profile, including an informal collection listing.


Because the components of many notable LGBTQ titles are degraded, altered or missing, the Legacy Project is working to raise funds to restore these films to their initial release forms.  

UCLA Film & Television Archive has restored a number of films for the Legacy Project, including Parting Glances, Gay USA, Word is Out, Choosing Children, Queens at Heart, Of Heaven and Earth: Films by Tom Chomont, The 1st Christopher Street West Parade Footage, and arguably the earliest surviving full-length film that features a gay protagonist, Different From the Others

Learn more about the unique history behind Different From the Others on our blog.


UCLA Film & Television Archive offers the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Screening Series, a showcase of international LGBTQ works at the Billy Wilder Theater.  Outfest members receive free admission at the box office.



While mainstream films are both collected by nonprofit archives and cared for by the commercial film industry, independent films are largely overlooked.  LGBTQ independent films are in particular peril because of a perceived lack of commercial value by the industry and/or the filmmakers’ inability to maintain their work themselves.  In 2006, the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC) co-sponsored a conference entitled Out of the Closet, Into the Vaults.  Panel discussions between filmmakers and archivists addressed potential strategies to insure LGBTQ cinema is preserved for future generations.

Archive director Jan-Christopher Horak, motion picture archivist Todd Wiener, and Outfest board member Leslie Belzberg discuss
Different From the Others (1919), restored as part of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project.

An In the Life interview with actors Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, Steve Buscemi and Kathy Kinney on Parting Glances (1986),
restored as part of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project.

The short film Behind Every Good Man (c. 1967) portrays an African-American trans woman in mid-1960s Los Angeles.
Restored as part of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation. 


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