Patchwork is a collection of digital stories to show the diversity and variety of stories to be told with and about the trans community in the UK.
Patchwork is about training young trans people to use digital media and make videos and podcasts. We are working with community-led LGBTQI organisations across the UK, delivering two-day digital media workshops with their trans members, encouraging them to tell their story. All these stories are produced in creative ways by trans contributors, focusing on two themes: “Support” and “Celebrations”.
These themes express the importance of support for a trans person of any age. Everyone needs that support and everyone has the ability to support others. The Patchwork storytellers share moving stories about how grandmothers, fathers, teachers, friends and even music supported them to embrace their true identity. It’s also important to acknowledge the need for celebration – celebrating pride in who you are, confidence to be who you are and milestones in your journey to being yourself. Overall, the themes of Patchwork are positive.
All the stories are mapped on a visual representation of the UK. Exact locations are not mapped for people’s safety and personal details are never disclosed. The contributors were provided with professional training and support. We hope the stories will inspire positive representation in the media and better understanding for the trans community.
In 2014, All About Trans teamed up with Channel 4 and Lucky Tooth Films/My Genderation (aka Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox) to produce 25 short documentaries about British trans and gender variant people. These films form part of Patchwork and were launched at Channel 4 in July 2014. At the event, we screened 8 3-minute films, which showcased a variety of trans people with different backgrounds and experiences. Fox and Lewis filmed with army officers, models, psychics, business people, artists, musicians, pilots and students all over the UK. There were two panel discussions chaired by Lara Akeju, Development Manager for Channel 4 Creative Diversity and the event was attended by 100 guests. Read about the night on our blog, and watch their teaser trailer on You Tube. All the films are being released online (like this video on DIVA with musician CN Lester) throughout 2014/2015 and Channel 4 are hosting a selection of the short films on ‘Shorts’, available to watch on All 4. ‘Shorts’ are Channel 4’s original short form videos on 4OD.
If you would like to be involved and / or support the work, we’d love to hear from you.