(Blogmensgo, gay blog of March 11, 2016) Born as Andy Wachowski, the 48-year-old famous film maker is called Lilly from now on. On March 8, 2016, Lana Wachowski’s younger sister officially came out as a trans woman, too.
“So yeah, I'm transgender. And yeah, I've transitioned” These are the words she used to officially come out. Her family, friends and many colleagues had known for quite some time and gave her support during this difficult period – including Alisa Blasingame who has been her wife since 1991.
Using an extensive press release and a photo, Lilly Wachowski declared her sex change.
Why just now? Apparently, a journalist of the Daily Mail had threatened to write a story about her transition – although the British tabloid has explicitly denied this.
Lilly wanted to prevent such an involuntary outing remembering the case of Lucy Meadows. This trans woman had committed suicide three months after her outing, to which the Daily Mail had substantially contributed.
Lilly Wachowski points out the very high suicide rates of transsexual people:
“In 2015, the transgender murder rate hit an all-time high in this country. A horrifying disproportionate number of the victims were trans women of color. These are only the recorded homicides so, since trans people do not all fit in the tidy gender binary statistics of murder rates, it means the actual numbers are higher.” (Lilly Wachowski)
Lilly uses this opportunity to denounce the silly laws in some parts of the US, which deny transsexuals the use of their preferred restrooms. Instead, they want them to use the toilets corresponding to their administrative gender stating they represent a threat to others. Lilly’s answer to this argument:
“We are not predators, we are prey.”
In a press release, Glaad (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) states that any involuntary outing of transsexuals, gays, lesbians and bisexuals is completely inacceptable and recommends journalists to use the correct vocabulary when talking about transsexuals.
Comment: Lilly’s statement is very important because transsexuals are frequently stigmatized – much more than gays, lesbians and bisexuals.
So, the Wachowski Brothers are now the Wachowski Sisters – so what? Their many works including Matrix, Bound or the series Sens8 have become landmarks of the movie and TV history.