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Terms of Use

Last updated November 12, 2023.

Written by Orvis Starkweather & Laura Horak.


Our Terms of Use covers all Transgender Media Lab websites including the Transgender Media Portal, our social media, and any correspondence with our team. We also have a Social Media Policy that includes enhanced protocols for certain platforms. We refer to any image, text, code, or other materials made available by our team as “Content”.

Code of Conduct

This space centres the needs of trans+ people. We are especially keen to meet the needs of trans+ people who have faced multiple forms of oppression. This includes those who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, intersex and/or disabled. We do not tolerate harassment of any form, including anti-trans, cissexist, racist, anti-Black, homophobic, ableist, sexist, fat-phobic, ageist, or sexually inappropriate comments and actions.

By engaging with our Content, you agree to be a good community member. You agree to act in ways that uphold our mission and values. This includes:

  • Treating the people featured and our collaborators and team members with respect and care;
  • Learning about trans+ filmmaking practices and the barriers our communities face;
  • Being mindful of the needs and boundaries of others;
  • Using the names, pronouns, and other terms people use to describe themselves;
  • Only using and sharing Content in ways that support the safety and agency of trans* people.

If you are being harassed or notice others not following our code of conduct, please contact us at We will do our best to address the issue.

We thank you for co-creating the welcoming and supportive environment we all deserve.

Permitted Uses

The goal of the Transgender Media Portal is to bring more awareness and support to trans-made films. We love it when people use our Content to discover trans+ filmmakers and work.

Content on this website is licensed under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International License.

You are free to:

  • Share: copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt: remix, transform, and build upon the material

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. See How to Cite for instructions.
  • NonCommercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • No additional restrictions: You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

See the Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International License for more info

Non-permitted Uses

Any uses of our Content outside those explicitly named above are prohibited without prior written consent of the Transgender Media Lab. We expressly forbid the use of our Content for:

  • web scraping;
  • use in artificial intelligence models;
  • any for-profit projects;
  • any projects that do not contribute to our mission and values.

If you have a project that aligns with our mission and want to use our Content, please email Requests will be reviewed by our team and granted on a case-by-case basis.

Copyright held by third parties protects many images and texts featured on the TMP portal. If you get the TMP’s permission to use our Content, you are still responsible for getting permission from any third-party copyright holders. The copyright holder is normally the creator of the work or their heirs.

Indigenous Cultural Knowledge

We recognize that copyright law often doesn’t serve Indigenous cultural knowledge practices. If you have questions or concerns about how your cultural knowledge is being used, please contact us at

Limitations of Accuracy

The Transgender Media Lab re-presents information already found online. While we do our best to get reliable information, we can’t guarantee the accuracy of any Content.

If you think we need to correct something about you, please let us know! Our FAQ outlines the process for having your information corrected or removed.

Third-party Websites

We provide links to and embed videos from third-party websites (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, IMDb, etc.). These websites have their own terms of use and may have different values than our team. The Transgender Media Lab isn’t responsible for any content, products, or services available on other websites.

Applicable to Change

We expect the needs of the Transgender Media Lab to change. Therefore, we can update the Terms of Use at any time. We recommend you check this page often to ensure you follow the current protocols.

How to Cite the Transgender Media Portal

The following are examples of how to cite the Transgender Media Portal in Chicago, APA, and MLA.

Entire site

Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition

Transgender Media Portal. “Transgender Media Portal,” 2023.

American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition

Transgender Media Portal. (2023). Transgender Media Portal.

Modern Language Association (MLA) 9th Edition

Transgender Media Portal. 2023,

Pages with listed authors

Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition

Gannon-Day, Jada. “BIPOC Trans Filmmakers.” Transgender Media Portal, 2023.

American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition

Gannon-Day, J. (2023). BIPOC Trans Filmmakers. Transgender Media Portal.

Modern Language Association (MLA) 9th Edition

Gannon-Day, Jada. “BIPOC Trans Filmmakers.” Transgender Media Portal, 2023,

Pages without listed authors, including database pages

Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition

Transgender Media Portal. “Sam Feder,” 2023.

American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition

Transgender Media Portal. (2023). Transgender Media Portal.

Modern Language Association (MLA) 9th Edition

“Sam Feder.” Transgender Media Portal, 2023,

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