Director, whose sister Lana transitioned in 2008, came in support of her Netflix series “Sense8”
Director Lilly Wachowski made her first public appearance since announcing her gender transition to female, attending Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills.
Wachowski caused a sensation on the red (blue, actually) carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, entering behind actress Patricia Arquette. Her sister Lana, who made her own transition to female in 2008, had not yet arrived. Carpet photos will be added to this post as soon as they become available.
“My flight instinct is off the charts right now but you have to fight against it,” Wachowski told TheWrap of her nerves. She and sister Lana have were never fans of the publicity machine surrounding the release of their creative work, but Wachowski braved the cameras in support of her Netflix series “Sense8.”
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Lilly broke the news personally in an open letter this March, after UK publication the Daily Mail launched an investigation into her possible reassignment.
“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,” she wrote at the time.
“I am one of the lucky ones. 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.”
The notoriously press-shy directors have long spoken about their aversion to public life, and Lana made chose a similar forum to Lilly’s in telling her own story.
Accepting an award from the Human Rights Campaign in 2012, Lana for the first time detailed her journey to transition in a speech universally praised as bold and candid.