Performance and Gender Seminar Series: Ayla Holdom

Event Date March 21, 2018 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location – CA B218, ATRiuM

Please join us for the next series of seminars, screenings and presentations on performance and gender on Wednesday 21 March in CA B218 from 15:30-17:30, where Ayla will be discussing her experiences and observations coming out as transgender while operating in the stereotypically alpha-male environment of the UK military and the impact her gender had growing up to work in the aviation industry, where only 4% of pilots are female.

Ayla served as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force for 13 years and for 7 of those years was an extremely proud member of the RAF Search and Rescue team. She now flies for the National Police Air Service, operating from Bournemouth, supporting front line police units across Southern England and Wales. Ayla is a supporter of the LGBT charity Stonewall and sits on their Trans Advisory Group. She is also an advisor for All About Trans, a social enterprise who primarily work with UK media on improving their representation of trans people.

This event is free, but registration is required. Please register your attendance via Eventbrite. Refreshments provided.

Performance and Gender seminar series aim to envisage as a space to explore, critique and enrich perspectives on gender and its representations in contemporary (visual) culture. While these issues appear ubiquitous they can be institutionalised and work on the assumption that battles have been won. Thus, we seek to establish an open discussion about gender and sexuality within performance. With an interdisciplinary focus in mind, we invite scholars, students, artists and practitioners to present and discuss work in, but not limited to, the following areas:

Cultural Studies

For any queries, or if you are interested in presenting at future events, please contact Jeanette D’Arcy ( and Sarah Crews (

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