Sunday 25 September 2016

Matrix director Lilly Wachowski comes out as transgender, like her sister Lana before her

Sasha Brady

Published 09/03/2016 | 09:08

Lilly Wachowski and Lana Wachowski in 2013
Lilly Wachowski and Lana Wachowski in 2013
The Wachowskis in 2013. Photo: PA
The co-directors and siblings have mainly avoided the press (Yui Mok/PA)

Matrix filmmaker Lilly Wachowski, the younger of the Wachowski siblings directing duo, has come out as transgender, just as sister Lana did in 2012.

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The director, formerly known as Andy, spoke about her transition on Tuesday in a candid post entitled "Sex change shocker - Wachowski brothers now sisters!!!"

Four years ago her sister Lana came out about her own transition as a woman while promoting their movie Cloud Atlas.

Lilly (48), revealed the own details of her transition and the feelings she was experiencing in a statement that she released in Chicago's Windy City Times, an LGBT publication.

The Wachowskis in 2013. Photo: PA
The Wachowskis in 2013. Photo: PA

She said: “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.”

She added; “I will continue to be an optimist adding my shoulder to the Sisyphean struggle of progress and in my very being, be an example of the potentiality of another world.”

In her statement, Lilly highlighted the struggles faced by the transgender community, and said that while progress has been made, "we continue to be demonised and vilified in the media where attack ads portray us as potential predators to keep us from even using the goddamn bathroom."

"So yeah, I'm transgender. And yeah, I've transitioned," she said, adding that she is out to her wife, family and friends.

The co-directors and siblings have mainly avoided the press (Yui Mok/PA)
The co-directors and siblings have mainly avoided the press (Yui Mok/PA)

Lilly said she feels lucky “having the support of my family and the means to afford doctors and therapists has given me the chance to actually survive this process”.

She added that those who do not have support often fall victim to the high rates of murder and suicide plaguing the trans community.

The Wachowskis, who are notoriously private about their lives and rarely give interviews, have carved a formidable reputation in Hollywood with The Matrix franchise, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending and, most recently, Netflix's sci-fi TV series Sense8.

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