LGBTQ Perspectives Project

Community Connections: The LGBTQ Perspectives Project Docuseries

Community Connections: The LGBTQ Perspectives Project is a mini-docuseries co-produced by the Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership and the Green Peak Alliance. We teamed up with Vermont filmmaker Clare Swanson and subject matter expert Davey Shlasko of Think Again Training and Consulting to create this four-part series. Clare and Davey interviewed 12 amazing individuals and Clare created four short documentary episodes, drawing from themes across the interviews.  Thanks to all the interviewees who shared their perspectives with us, making this project possible.

Community Access Television in Hartford, VT supported this project with creation of the A Closer Look segments for each episode and distribution of the docuseries, helping it reach a larger audience.

Docuseries Episodes

Episode 1. An Introduction

Closer Look: Episode 1

Episode 2. Community & Belonging

Closer Look: Episode 2

Episode 3. Seeing Ourselves in Media

Closer Look: Episode 3

Episode 4. Intersectionality

For this installment, we suggest viewing the A Closer Look segment before watching Episode 4.

Closer Look: Episode 4

Full Interviews

To watch the full interviews with each contributor, click on their image below to watch on Green Peak Alliance’s YouTube channel.


Restorative Justice Practitioner

Media Recommendations

  • Pose (TV-MA). “This was my first time seeing queer brown stories. Queer narratives are usually portrayed in the white experience, but this show brought more visualization to the queer/trans brown experience.”


Educator & Mother of Two

Media Recommendations


Clinical Social Worker & Advocate

Media Recommendations

  • Pose (TV-MA). “Portrays experiences of figuring out identity.”
  • Tamora Pierce (Author). “She includes trans and gay characters in her books. Characters discuss being born into the wrong body and explaining transgender experience.”


Social Justice Educator & Poet

Media Recommendations

  • Pose (TV-MA).
  • Tik Tok. “People of queer identity representing themselves in the best way.”
  • Poetry Slams. “An effective way to circulate work surrounding queer and trans issues and is a more accessible form of information for some groups.”


Youth Program Coordinator

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Trans Health Advocate

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Queer Aunt & Upper Valley Community Member

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Parent and child therapist

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Preschool Teacher & Member of Gender Justice in Early Childhood

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Vermont State Representative

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Library Consultant

Media Recommendations

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College student & Vermont resident

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Media Recommendations

Explore the television shows, films, and books for children, youth, young adults, and adults that the interviewees recommended. The compilation of recommendations is categorized by media type and target age group.


These definitions were adapted from our interview with Davey Shlasko, Think Again Training and Consulting, unless otherwise cited.

Transgender/Trans: A person whose gender identity now is different than the gender they were assigned at birth. For example, if someone is born and the doctor says “it’s a boy” and that kid grows up and says “I’m a girl,” that person would probably identify as a trans girl. 

Cisgender: A person whose gender identity now is the same as the gender they were assigned at birth.

Non-binary: Refers to genders outside of the two category system of man and woman. Anyone whose gender identity is not simply man or woman might describe themselves or their gender as non-binary. There is not one single way to be non-binary; it refers to any gender outside of the man-woman binary. 

Genderfluid: A person whose gender identity is not fixed from day to day. A person who some days feels more like a man, some days feels more like a woman, some days feels more non-binary, and some days feels more a different kind of non-binary might identify as genderfluid. Not all non-binary people are genderfluid, many non-binary people have a very fixed gender identity. 

Queer: A reclaimed term used by many members of the LGBTQ+ community to describe themselves. Queer has historically been used as an insult for people who are not straight and cisgender, but many have reclaimed it as a positive term for their own identity and community. 

Intersectionality: A term coined by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, who defined it in a Time Magazine interview as “a lens, a prism for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other.” To read this interview, visit:

Neurodiversity: Neurodiversity refers to the diversity of human minds, and the various ways in which our brains differ from one another in terms of structures and processes 

Neurodivergent: neurodivergent refers to brains that work differently from the societal standard of the “normal”  brain. Conditions that make someone neurodivergent include autism, ADHD, and dyslexia, among many others. Non-innate events such as brain injuries can also make someone neurodivergent. To learn more about neurodiversity, neurodivergence, and related terms, visit:


LGBTQ+: Stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning. The + is added to include all other sexuality/gender terms that are outside the straight, cisgender norm. 

QTPOC: Stands for Queer and Trans People of Color 

The Gender Unicorn

Trans Student Educational Resources, 2015. “The Gender Unicorn.”