Lilly Wachowski, formerly known as Andy Wachowski and one-half of the filmmaking team behind features such as the Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas, and the Netflix science-fiction series Sense8, has publicly come out as a transgender woman after an alarming encounter with a reporter from The Daily Mail.
In a letter published in the Windy City Times on March 8, Lilly writes, “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.”
Though Lilly had already come out to family (including sister, Lana, who is also trans), friends, and work associates, she acknowledged her fortunate position of receiving such positivity and love, as well as access to resources to aid in her transition, something many transgender people lack. “I am one of the lucky ones,” she says, “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.” She also refers to murder rates of transgender people in 2015, especially minorities, as well as legislation that puts them in dangerous situations.
Despite the threats to her carefully guarded privacy, Lilly insists she “will continue to be an optimist” in her trans journey and shares her perspective on the semantics behind the word: “To ‘transition’ imparts a sense of immediacy, a before and after from one terminus to another. But the reality, my reality is that I've been transitioning and will continue to transition all of my life, through the infinite that exists between male and female as it does in the infinite between the binary of zero and one.”
In response, the Daily Mail denies its reporter’s attempts at an interview with Lilly as forced or coercive, with a spokesman for DailyMail.com stating “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.”