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Sibling to Lana Wachowski comes out as transgender

Lilly Wachowski self-portrait

The second sibling of the Chicago filmmaking duo known as The Wachowskis has come out as transgender. Lilly Wachowski, 48, (formerly Andy) sibling of Lana, 50, (formerly Larry) came out in a statement today to Windy City Times, after being threatened with outing by other media.

Here are excerpts from Lilly Wachowski’s official statement today:

“SEX CHANGE SHOCKER—WACHOWSKI BROTHERS NOW SISTERS!!!”

There’s the headline I’ve been waiting for this past year. Up until now with dread and/or eye rolling exasperation. The “news” has almost come out a couple of times. Each was preceded by an ominous email from my agent—reporters have been asking for statements regarding the “Andy Wachowski gender transition” story they were about to publish. In response to this threatened public outing against my will, I had a prepared a statement that was one part p—, one part vinegar and 12 parts gasoline.

“… 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.

“… 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.

“So yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned. … I’m out to my friends and family. Most people at work know too. Everyone is cool with it. Yes, thanks to my fabulous sister they’ve done it before, but also because they’re fantastic people. Without the love and support of my wife and friends and family I would not be where I am today.”

Read Lilly Wachowski’s full statement here.

Professionally, the duo is known formerly as the Wachowski Brothers, the team behind the hit film “The Matrix” (1999) and its two sequels “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.” Their most recent collaborations include “Cloud Atlas” (2012) and “Jupiter Ascending” (2015).

Directors / writers of “Cloud Atlas,” Andy Wachowski (left) and Lana Wachowski, along with writer/director Tom Tykwer, photographed in Chicago on October 17, 2012 | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Directors / writers of “Cloud Atlas,” Andy Wachowski (left) and Lana Wachowski, along with writer/director Tom Tykwer, photographed in Chicago on October 17, 2012 | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times