The ‘Matrix’ co-director came out as a transgender woman last month.
Director Lilly Wachowski has made her first public appearance since coming out as a transgender woman in March. Wachowski, who co-directed The Matrix films with her sister Lana, appeared at the GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday night, accepting the outstanding drama series award for her Netflix hit, 'Sense8'.
Lilly Wachowski at the GLAAD Media awards.
"Okay, first of all… ta-da," Wachowski said when she appeared on stage to collect the award (via People). "Tonight is a culmination of confluent events for me. This was something that I became aware of shortly after receiving tonight's invitation to tonight's affair.”
“Some synchronism of time-space that included the 20-year anniversary of Bound, the 2016 Trans Day of Visibility, and Pi day. It's an excellent reminder that art is never static, and while the ideas of identity and transformation are critical components of our work, the bedrock that all ideas rest upon is love.”
“Love is a crucial thing for transgender people. It's a tether. For while our creativity can soar beyond a seemingly immutable biological gender designations, when faced with the rather simple proposition of whether or not we are lovable, our imagination falters."
“Too many of us end up on the wrong side of the existential question of love in oblivion. And so we ring that bell, not for everyone else's sake, bit for our own. " Wachowski then thanked the ‘Sense8’ cast and crew as well as her family and said: "Now get out there and go love with all of your f——— might!"
Wachowski (formerly known as Andy) came out as transgender last month, after a reporter threatened to publicly out her. In 2012 Lilly’s sister and collaborator Lana also came out as a transgender woman.