By Filip Teovanovic
Lilly Wachowski has joined her film director sister Lana in coming out as transgender.
Four years after sibling Lana Wachowski revealed she’s transgender, Lilly (formerly known as Andy) has introduced herself to the world in a statement published by Chicago LGBTI publication Windy City Times.
But the 48-year old “The Matrix” director said her decision to announce her transition came after threats from news outlets to out her against her will.
Lilly alleged a reporter from the UK’s Daily Mail showed up at her door demanding she write a piece about her transition.
“My sister Lana and I have largely avoided the press,” wrote Lilly.
“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.”
The Daily Mail denied they tried to coerce Lilly.
But in her statement she blasted the newspaper’s history of insensitive reporting of transgender people.
“Being transgender is not easy. We live in a majority-enforced gender binary world,” she said.
“My reality is that I’ve been transitioning and will continue to transition all of my life, through the infinite that exists between male and female as it does in the infinite between the binary of zero and one.”
She added: “Without the love and support of my wife and friends and family I would not be where I am today.”
“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.”