Director Lilly Wachowski Comes Out As Transgender In a Heartfelt Letter

Director Lilly Wachowski, formerly known as Andy, made her gender reassignment public yesterday after a journalist threatened to out her.

In a letter published by the Windy City Media Group, the famously private Wachowski said that a British journalist from The Daily Mail showed up on her doorstep threatening to out her publicly, which forced her to come out sooner than she wanted to.

My sister Lana and I have largely avoided the press. 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.

But apparently I don’t get to decide this.

She also mentions that she remembers The Daily Mail as the publication responsible for the outing of elementary school teacher Lily Meadows, who committed suicide three months after the article about her was published. Wachowski frames her decision to get ahead of the story as not only a personally important action, but a globally necessary one.

She also notes that her transition was made easier by the fact that she had the support of her family, her wife, and the fact that her sister and directing partner Lana had come out as transgender in 2012.

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. Without the love and support of my wife and friends and family I would not be where I am today.

You can read her full letter here.