Tuesday 27 September 2016

Matrix director Lilly Wachowski makes first public appearance since coming out as transgender

Published 03/04/2016 | 15:08

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Lilly Wachowski speaks onstage with Keke Palmer and Lea Michele during the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Lilly Wachowski speaks onstage with Keke Palmer and Lea Michele during the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Writer/Director Lilly Wachowski arrives at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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 director Lily Wachowski has made her first public appearance as a transgender woman, at the GLAAD Awards in LA.

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The Awards honour artists for their "fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community" and Lilly received an award.

She bagged Outstanding Drama Series for her Netflix series Sense8, which feaures a transgender lead character, Nomi Marks played by trans actress Jamie Clayton.

The director, previously known as Andy, is best known for her work with her sister Lana who is also transgender and came out in 2012.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Writer/Director Lilly Wachowski arrives at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Writer/Director Lilly Wachowski arrives at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

The 48-year-old, who is married to Alisa Blasingame, released a statement last month to announce her transition.

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."

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

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

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.

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

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