Matrix director comes out as trans

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Lana Wachowski at the premiere of Cloud Atlas with her sister, Lilly, before her transition

By NewsBeat

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The other half of the duo who directed The Matrix has come out as trans.

Lilly Wachowski, who used to be known as Andy, shared the news in a statement released to the Windy City Times.

She says she’s making the announcement after claiming she was “threatened” with being outed by The Daily Mail.

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“Yeah, I’m trans. And yeah, I’ve transitioned. I just wanted – needed some time to get my head right… but apparently I don’t get to decide this,” says the 48-year-old.

The Daily Mail has denied trying to coerce Lilly Wachowski into revealing her gender transition.

In a statement sent to Newsbeat, a spokesman said: “As Ms Wachowski herself says, we were not the first media organisation to approach her and we made absolutely clear at several points in the conversation that we were only interested in reporting the story if and when she was happy for us to do so and with her cooperation.

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“Our reporter was extremely sympathetic and courteous at all times, as is obvious from our transcript of the exchange.

“Indeed the conversation with our journalist ended with Ms Wachowski agreeing to call him the following day.”

Lilly’s 50-year-old sister Lana is also trans.

They’re well known for directing The Matrix film series and have been involved with films such as V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending plus Netflix’s Sens8 television series.

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In her statement, Lilly says that a Daily Mail journalist arrived at her house asking her to tell her story to them.

“[He said] that I really had to sit down with him tomorrow or the next day or next week so that I could have my picture taken and tell my story which was so inspirational.

“And that I really didn’t want to have someone from the National Enquirer following me around, did I?

“It began to dawn on me where I had heard of the Daily Mail. It was the ‘news’ organization that had played a huge part in the national public outing of Lucy Meadows, an elementary school teacher and trans woman in the UK.

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“Now here they were, at my front door, almost as if to say – there’s another one. Let’s drag ’em out in the open so we can all have a look.

“We continue to be demonized and vilified in the media… We are not predators, we are prey.”

The founder of LGBTQ charity RUComingOut, Wayne David, has reacted to the news, tweeting: “The Daily Mail journalist who tried to force Lilly Wachowski to come out as trans should be truly ashamed.”

Fans have got behind her on social media too.

 

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