Film & TV

Lana Wachowski Talks About Her Transgenderism in Moving Award Acceptance Speech

Film & TV

Lana Wachowski Talks About Her Transgenderism in Moving Award Acceptance Speech

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Regardless of how you feel about the movies made by the Wachowskis—and there are a lot of feelings to be had about Speed Racer—there’s no doubt that they’re unique, ambitious filmmakers worth paying attention to. Pretty soon, they’ll release an adaptation of Cloud Atlas, which has meant a role reversal for the famously reclusive siblings: press tours, which they haven’t done since the Matrix films. A few interactions such as a New Yorker profile have begun to filter out, but on October 20, Lana Wachowski delivered what might be the highlight of their re-emergence: a stunning speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala fundraising dinner, in which she talked about growing up and coming out as transgender. Along the way, she recounts almost committing suicide and a physical conflict with a nun over her identity. She also shared this pretty amusing anecdote involving her brother, Andy:

A few short weeks ago after my coming out, the three of us, Tom, Andy and I were being interviewed, one of the reporters ventured away from the subject of the film towards my gender. Imagine that, a reporter. My brother quickly stepped in, “Look, just so we’re clear,” he says, “if somebody asks something or says something about my sister that I don’t like, understand that I will break a bottle over their head.” [applause] Few words express love clearer than these.

Powerful stuff. You can watch the video, or read the transcript.