"Binary is a false idol" – 'Matrix' director Lilly Wachowski announces she is trans

The filmmaker, whose sister is also a trans woman, revealed The Daily Mail had threatened to out her

Wachowskis, Lilly, Lana, The Matrix, Daily Mail

[Lilly Wachowski]

Lilly Wachowski, born in 1967 as Andrew and half of the Wachowski siblings behind The Matrix trilogy, has revealed that she is a trans woman, after the British tabloid The Daily Mail threatened to publish a story outing her. Wachowski’s sister Lana also came out as trans in 2010.

In a statement, Lilly Wachowski writes about how concerned she has been that she would see the headline “Sex change shocker – Wachowski brothers now sisters!!!” splashed across the Internet, leading her to write an open letter to journalists which she describes as “one part piss, one part vinegar and 12 parts gasoline.”

In the Windy City Times, Wachowski opens up about a British journalist visiting her home to confront her about her transition, while thanking her sister, wife, friends and family for their support throughout this period of her life. Wachowski also speaks candidly about the pressures faced by trans men and women.

“Being transgender is not easy,” she says, “When you’re transgender you have to face the hard reality of living for the rest of your life in a world that is openly hostile to you.”

Responding to her announcement, the Human Rights Campaign, which previously honoured Lana Wachowski with its Visibility Award in 2012, praised Lilly Wachowski for “taking this brave step forward and condemns the outlets that attempt to threaten those on their personal journey to living openly and authentically.”

Born in Chicago, the Wachowskis are prolific filmmakers, rising to prominence with the erotic thriller Bound in 1996. Since then they have collaborated on a number of projects, including The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas, and Jupiter Ascending.

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