Lilly Wachowski Comes Out as Transgender
The second sibling of the famed director team the Wachowski’s came out transgender as Lilly Tuesday. Formerly Andy, Lilly comes out just four years after her sister Lana. They are best known for directing the Matrix trilogy.
“Being transgender is not easy. We live in a majority-enforced gender binary world. This means when you’re transgender you have to face the hard reality of living the rest of your life in a world that is openly hostile to you.” – Lilly Wachowski
In a statement to Windy City Times, Wachowski confirmed the information while also citing pressures of being outed by The Daily Mail that forced her to make the announcement sooner than she would have liked. She said one of their reporters had come to her door to pressure her to take a picture and do an interview before the story would break in the tabloids.
Wachowski also went on to cite The Daily Mail’s outing of Lucy Meadows, an elementary teacher who was outed by the paper and committed suicide just 3 months after the story broke. “Being transgender is not easy. We live in a majority-enforced gender binary world. This means when you’re transgender you have to face the hard reality of living the rest of your life in a world that is openly hostile to you.” Wachowski said in her statement.
“So yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned.”
The Daily Mail is denying Wachowski’s claim that they pressured her. ‘As Ms Wachowski says herself, we were not the first media group which approached her and we made absolutely clear at several points in the conversation that we were only interested in doing the story with her cooperation and had no intention of publishing anything without her consent.” said a spokesperson for the Daily Mail. “So yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned.”, said Wachowski in her statement which you can read in it’s entirety here. Wachwski also let it be known that she has the full support of her wife, family and friends.
Besides the Matrix, the Wachowski Sisters are also known for films such as V for Vandetta, Cloud Atlas and Netflix series Sense8. We would like to welcome Lilly Wachowski to the Transgender Universe.
I want to first congratulate Lilly on her journey to being her true self. That being said I feel bad that she had to make her announcement before she was ready. Though the Daily Mail denies the claim, they obviously did enough to make her feel she had to make the announcement. This whole thing has a “gossipy” feel to it and I wish she was able to do it the way she wanted. I know a little bit about having your timeline forced because of someone else making it known. That type of reporting is not necessary. It does make me want to watch the Matrix again however. It would have been cool if Neo became a trans girl once he was inside the Matrix. Now that would be something I would want to see. I would be lying if said the thought didn’t cross my mind when first watching it. Anyway I am really happy for her.