Second Wachowski sibling comes out as transgender

(The Hollywood Reporter)The second half of the directing duo known as the Wachowskis has come out as transgender.

Lilly Wachowski, 48, sibling of Lana Wachowski, 50, issued a statement to Windy City Times that begins, “SEX CHANGE SHOCKERWACHOWSKI BROTHERS NOW SISTERS!!!”

    The Times reports an outlet threatened to out the younger Wachowski, which led to the announcement, which, Lilly writes, she had been anticipating with “dread and/or eye rolling exasperation.”

    “The ‘news’ has almost come out a couple of times,” Wachowski writes. “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.”

    Wachowski goes on to recount an incident in which a reporter from the Daily Mail showed up at her home to elicit an exclusive on her gender transition.

    “After he had given me his card, and I closed the door it began to dawn on me where I had heard of the Daily Mail,” Wachowski writes. “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.”

    Wachowski decided instead to come out on her own terms.

    “So yeah,” she writes. “I’m transgender.”

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    Together, the Wachowskis have directed eight features, including “The Matrix Trilogy,” “V for Vendetta” and “Cloud Atlas.” They also co-created the Netflix series “Sense8”, a science-fiction fantasy about a group of people linked psychically, which explores transgender themes and stars transgender actress Jamie Clayton.

    Eddie Redmayne, who played trailblazing transgender artist Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl,” recently told THR that Lana Wachowski — who with Lilly had directed him in 2015’s “Jupiter Ascending” — was a great resource to him while preparing for the role.

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    “She talked in depth and wonderful detail about [Elbe’s] art and also extraordinary things about that period. How architecture had gotten more feminine with Art Nouveau, how the notions of gender were beginning to change in the 1920s, with women’s clothing becoming more boyish and haircuts getting shorter. She was just so articulate on so many subjects,” Redmayne said.

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