Lilly Wachowski, one half of the filmmaking duo behind the Matrix trilogy and the current Netflix series Sense8, has come out as transgender several years after her sister, Lana, did the same. Prior to their transitions, the directors were formerly known as Andy and Larry and the media often dubbed them "the Wachowski Brothers." Lana first spoke publicly about her transition in 2012.
Lilly came out in a statement to the Windy City Times; she said that journalists had threatened to out her, and the final straw came when a reporter from the U.K's Daily Mail showed up at her door. She wrote that she rarely talks about anything to the media, let alone her gender identity, and wanted to go public on her own timeline:
"My sister Lana and I have largely avoided the press. I find talking about my art frustratingly tedious and talking about myself a wholly mortifying experience. I knew at some point I would have to come out publicly. You know, when you're living as an out transgender person it's…kind of difficult to hide. I just wanted—needed some time to get my head right, to feel comfortable. But apparently I don't get to decide this."
She says she is out to her loved ones and colleagues, who have been nothing but accepting. "Yes, thanks to my fabulous sister they've done it before, but also because they're fantastic people," she wrote. "Without the love and support of my wife and friends and family I would not be where I am today."
In a statement, GLAAD made it clear that "it is unacceptable" to out a transgender person before they're ready to talk about their gender identity: "GLAAD is thrilled that Lilly Wachowski is able to be her true and authentic self today, however, she should not have been forced to disclose her transgender identity before she was ready to do so."
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