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Other Wachowski also comes out as transgender, introduces the world to Lilly

03.09.2016

After threats to be outed by other media outlets, Lilly Wachowski, younger sibling to Lana and one-half of the filmmaking duo that brough us THE MATRIX Trilogy, SPEED RACER, and CLOUD ATLAS, has come out as transgender.

Penning a must-read statement to the Windy City Times, Lilly explained the circumstances leading up to her announcement, the numerous times the news almost broke and how that all played a factor in deciding to release this information to the world on her own terms.

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.

Lilly also discusses the issues and fears the transgender community faces on a daily basis, hoping to open some eyes and educate those who may not know their struggles as people are forced to confront the fact that transgender individuals do exist out there in the world and would like to be treated with tolerance as they seek out similar happiness to everyone else.

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.

I am one of the lucky ones. Having the support of my family and the means to afford doctors and therapists has given me the chance to actually survive this process. Transgender people without support, means and privilege do not have this luxury. And many do not survive. In 2015, the transgender murder rate hit an all-time high in this country. A horrifying disproportionate number of the victims were trans women of color. These are only the recorded homicides so, since trans people do not all fit in the tidy gender binary statistics of murder rates, it means the actual numbers are higher.

And though we have come a long way since Silence of the Lambs, we continue to be demonized and vilified in the media where attack ads portray us as potential predators to keep us from even using the goddamn bathroom. The so-called bathroom bills that are popping up all over this country do not keep children safe, they force trans people into using bathrooms where they can be beaten and or murdered. We are not predators, we are prey.

I really do implore you to check out Lilly's words as a way to perhaps understand what a transgender person goes through, perhaps prompting some understanding and empathy as we all try to navigate this crazy world. But furthermore, good for Lilly Wachowski. It is good to hear of someone finding happiness within their own lives and being able to feel comfort in their own skin. She can now proceed openly with who she truly is, which is something I'm sure we'd all want for ourselves. I wish her nothing but the best of luck as she settles into her transition and now we can say that the Wachowski sisters have officially arrived.

Their most recent work was SENSE8 for Netflix, which has been renewed for a second season. However, no production start or premiere dates have been announced.

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5:42PM on 03/10/2016
I won't be seeing anything HE makes in the future.
I won't be seeing anything HE makes in the future.
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12:12AM on 03/11/2016
Boo
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1:55AM on 03/11/2016
I'm pretty sure that Adam was saying that he will only see movies that SHE makes now, Apartment6.
I'm pretty sure that Adam was saying that he will only see movies that SHE makes now, Apartment6.
7:42AM on 03/10/2016
Yuck.
Yuck.
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4:49AM on 03/10/2016

Good on you, Lilly!

And some of the comments here disgust me. It's sad that you haters still live in a backwards-ass bubble. Truth is, people like Lilly will always have more balls for coming out than the people who sit behind keyboards and pretend to know what they're talking about.
And some of the comments here disgust me. It's sad that you haters still live in a backwards-ass bubble. Truth is, people like Lilly will always have more balls for coming out than the people who sit behind keyboards and pretend to know what they're talking about.
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2:31AM on 03/10/2016
I just hope the second season of SENSE8 is better than the first. There was a good show in there somewhere, but it really didn't come together. Hopefully season 2 will have more focus and be less of a mess.
I just hope the second season of SENSE8 is better than the first. There was a good show in there somewhere, but it really didn't come together. Hopefully season 2 will have more focus and be less of a mess.
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12:43AM on 03/10/2016
As long as this announcement doesn't get in the way of work, so be it.
As long as this announcement doesn't get in the way of work, so be it.
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12:22AM on 03/10/2016
Surprised, not shocked. I wish them the best.
Surprised, not shocked. I wish them the best.
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11:53PM on 03/09/2016

Congratulations to Lilly Wachowski for having the courage to come out

and a major boo-urns to The Daily Mail for essentially blackmailing her into coming out in public.

I suspect more than a few posters here secretly wish they could taste the rainbow.
and a major boo-urns to The Daily Mail for essentially blackmailing her into coming out in public.

I suspect more than a few posters here secretly wish they could taste the rainbow.
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10:14PM on 03/09/2016
Pretty crazy that two brothers that happen to be successful film directors are both transgender. Happy for both of them now that they can be who they are. Looking forward to the first official Wachowski sisters film.
Pretty crazy that two brothers that happen to be successful film directors are both transgender. Happy for both of them now that they can be who they are. Looking forward to the first official Wachowski sisters film.
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9:56PM on 03/09/2016

Good for her!

The comments below only reinforce Lilly's reasons for not coming out sooner. Lack of empathy and general misunderstanding of what it means to be transgender.
The comments below only reinforce Lilly's reasons for not coming out sooner. Lack of empathy and general misunderstanding of what it means to be transgender.
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1:33AM on 03/10/2016
Ha! This site is so soft when it comes to making fun of things. I haven't really read anything that demeaning. I'd love to see how you react to 5% of the shit I read on IGN, not to mention other places that are much worse.

This sites comments are corny.
Ha! This site is so soft when it comes to making fun of things. I haven't really read anything that demeaning. I'd love to see how you react to 5% of the shit I read on IGN, not to mention other places that are much worse.

This sites comments are corny.
11:14AM on 03/10/2016
Stryfe, and that's a bad thing?
Stryfe, and that's a bad thing?
8:33PM on 03/09/2016
They should change their last name too.
They should change their last name too.
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10:06PM on 03/09/2016
Why
Why
11:14AM on 03/10/2016
^ This
^ This
7:48PM on 03/09/2016
Wow, the amount of red here is scary. As long as they're happy now, good for them both.
Wow, the amount of red here is scary. As long as they're happy now, good for them both.
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7:19PM on 03/09/2016

This isn't a slight against...

...transgendered or trans-anything, but their movies were so much better when they were "men."
...transgendered or trans-anything, but their movies were so much better when they were "men."
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7:10PM on 03/09/2016

question?

ladyboy or post-op?
ladyboy or post-op?
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6:02PM on 03/09/2016
I can relate to him in a way because I'm transrace. I was born white, but I feel in my heart that I'm black...I still can't jump though and sadly I still can't dance.
I can relate to him in a way because I'm transrace. I was born white, but I feel in my heart that I'm black...I still can't jump though and sadly I still can't dance.
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12:05AM on 03/10/2016
I might not agree with everything else you said but I found this comment laugh out loud hilarious. This is right up my dark humor ally.
I might not agree with everything else you said but I found this comment laugh out loud hilarious. This is right up my dark humor ally.
9:47AM on 03/10/2016
Thank you. :-)
Thank you. :-)
5:58PM on 03/09/2016

Who cares?

Wake me up when they start making good movies again.
Wake me up when they start making good movies again.
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5:52PM on 03/09/2016
Well, whatever makes you happy, Lilly. Good for you.
Well, whatever makes you happy, Lilly. Good for you.
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5:42PM on 03/09/2016
And I feel that I'm a dolphin trapped in a man's body
And I feel that I'm a dolphin trapped in a man's body
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5:09PM on 03/09/2016

Whatever

Let me know when they decide to make another Matrix film.
Let me know when they decide to make another Matrix film.
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5:01PM on 03/09/2016
As per usual, the Joblo comment section is just a hotbed of tolerance and understanding. Stay classy, everyone!
As per usual, the Joblo comment section is just a hotbed of tolerance and understanding. Stay classy, everyone!
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5:02PM on 03/09/2016
And good on you, Lilly! People like you have more courage than most of us could ever conceive of.
And good on you, Lilly! People like you have more courage than most of us could ever conceive of.
4:37PM on 03/09/2016

when you have the XY chromosome you're a man

why is this so hard to understand?
why is this so hard to understand?
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5:14PM on 03/09/2016
Gender and Sex are two different things. Gender is role in society, Sex is what you're born as. So Lily ID's herself as a woman but she's still a male technically. This is BIO / PSYCH 101
Gender and Sex are two different things. Gender is role in society, Sex is what you're born as. So Lily ID's herself as a woman but she's still a male technically. This is BIO / PSYCH 101
5:57PM on 03/09/2016
So if I'm physically a man but believe I'm a woman I'm fine but if I'm physically my birth identity but believe I'm Abraham Lincoln, I"m crazy?
So if I'm physically a man but believe I'm a woman I'm fine but if I'm physically my birth identity but believe I'm Abraham Lincoln, I"m crazy?
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4:29PM on 03/09/2016
WHY IS THIS NEWS?
WHY IS THIS NEWS?
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4:12PM on 03/09/2016

Andy Wachowski is living in The Matrix. He thinks he is a woman, but he is really a man.

Does he have a cervix, a uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes or anything natural, NOT man-made, that makes him an actual woman?...NO. A better way of saying it is that he's just a male that acts, is, feminine. It would be same as saying a woman acts, is, masculine.
Does he have a cervix, a uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes or anything natural, NOT man-made, that makes him an actual woman?...NO. A better way of saying it is that he's just a male that acts, is, feminine. It would be same as saying a woman acts, is, masculine.
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4:11PM on 03/09/2016

Who cares?

Report when he/she makes a film. Couldn't care less about the state of his/her genitalia. Save this crap for gossip sites.
Report when he/she makes a film. Couldn't care less about the state of his/her genitalia. Save this crap for gossip sites.
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4:06PM on 03/09/2016

Talentless male now...

talentless she-male. Doesn't make a difference the gender, still one half of a talentless one hit wonder.
talentless she-male. Doesn't make a difference the gender, still one half of a talentless one hit wonder.
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10:05PM on 03/09/2016
Made more hit movies than you will ever make.
Made more hit movies than you will ever make.
4:03PM on 03/09/2016
This is so random and unexpected. This would be an interesting debate for a nature vs nurture debate. Good on him for coming out if it makes him happy, however, it is unfortunate that he was basically blackmailed to come out.
This is so random and unexpected. This would be an interesting debate for a nature vs nurture debate. Good on him for coming out if it makes him happy, however, it is unfortunate that he was basically blackmailed to come out.
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