21 August 2014

RAF Pilot Ayla, at home with her wife and supportive parents


Meet Ayla Holdom, her wife Wren, her mum Olive and her dad Colin. Ayla is a trans woman, and in this film she talks about coming out at work in the military and living as an out trans person. 

There has been a lot of discussion in the media around parents raising their trans children. In this short, Ayla’s parents share some of their experiences: “I think not all parents can accept it, and I think that’s sad that they might turn their back on their children. And I think the secret is to talk to people in the same situation.”

The film is part of the Patchwork Stories series that looks at the lives of transgender people of all ages and backgrounds around the UK. The series was commissioned by All About Trans and produced by Lucky Tooth Films in collaboration with Channel 4.

Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox of Lucky Tooth have been making films together since meeting on the Channel 4 series My Transsexual Summer in 2011. To hear them talking about the making of the Patchwork series and see clips, click here.

Other films in the series introduce models, soldiers, artists, musicians, activists and psychics, who just happen to be trans – as well as their friends, partners and families.

In 2015, Channel 4 host a selection of the short films on ‘Shorts’, available to watch on All4 at www.all4.com. Shorts are Channel 4’s original short form videos on 4oD.

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