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A series of 25 short films intended to be a collection of digital stories from trans* people across the country to show the diversity and variety of stories to be told with and about the trans* community in the UK.

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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.

Ayla Holdom

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.”


“It was always a bit confusing for me because I never identified as a girly girl. I wanted to be an action adventure kick-ass girl, not a dainty little princess. It was a big shock for my family when I first came out [as trans].”

Filmmaker Jayne lives in Swansea, where she works for organisation Abfabb. In this short film, Jayne talks about coming out as trans, her close relationship with her late father and her important, supportive friendship with her best mate Bonita.

CN Lester

“I really do believe that every single person has a unique vantage point on their own body, for want of a better word – their own soul, their mind, how all of those connect. There cannot be a binary of genders because really it’s more like a constellation.”

CN Lester is a singer-songwriter who identifies as genderqueer and non-binary. Find out what this means to them in a new short film, part of the digital storytelling project Patchwork, which looks at the lives of transgender people of all ages and backgrounds around the UK.

Olivia Spleen

“I realised I could have an impact on those around me by challenging notions of masculinity and what it is to be male, rather than changing physical gender. I might have transitioned if I had confronted these things before puberty and grew up in more enlightened times.”

Meet Oliva Spleen, a Brighton-based musician who challenges gender norms and rejects the notion of the ‘opposite sex’. Oli can remember dressing up in women’s clothes since they were young, and in childhood always identified more with women than men. In this film, we hear how alternative music led them to realise that there were subcultures that embraced androgyny, and that they didn’t have to present themselves the way society expected.

Octavian Starr

This time we introduce Octavian Starr, a social housing officer and trans man from London, and his dog Carlo. Octavian discusses being 13 years into transition, his love of classic braces, big beards and old-style aesthetics, and how art pulled him out of hopelessness. “I think art has always helped me get out of any hopeless state I’m in,” he says, “and I feel that if I can use my art to help someone get out of a hopeless state, even for an hour, then I want to do that.”

Maki Yamazaki

Maki Yamazaki is not only an artist and games developer, but she also runs her own music studio and plays a number of instruments – with bass guitar as her main (but she’ll play anything she can get her hands on). In this short, we meet Maki’s friends and ‘queer family’, Jess and Jay, for pizza, and discover her first steps out in early transition.

“A lot of people ask me what it’s like being in a wheelchair or treat me with pity as if I have a difficult time, and it’s actually quite the opposite. Being in a wheelchair enables me to do so, so much.”


Billy-Joe is a 25 year old trans man who was born and bred in Cardiff, but he’s been working as a DJ in a Bristol nightclub for the past four years. In this video, we meet his long-time friend, Kerry, who has supported him through some of his toughest times: losing his flat, his job, and his girlfriend all in the same week. From overheating and binding with bandages, Billy-Joe takes us through his journey of worrying about passing as male to finally getting top surgery.

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