Lilly Wachowski, formerly known as Andy, has come out as transgender in a statement to the Windy City Times.
She is the second of the two Wachowskis to come out as transgender, following her sister’s announcement in 2012. The news is not entirely celebratory, however: Wachowski’s decision to share her news comes on the heels of a Daily Mail reporter who visited her home to pressure her into sharing her identity.
Lilly explained the visit in a post for the Windy City Times. “He proceeded to explain he was a journalist from the Daily Mail, which was the largest news service in the U.K. and was most definitely not a tabloid. And that I really had to sit down with him tomorrow or the next day or next week so that I could have my picture taken and tell my story which was so inspirational! And that I really didn’t want to have someone from the National Enquirer following me around, did I?”
She elaborates on her wariness of the press, especially as her story could affect other transgender people. “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,” writes Wachowski. “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.” She didn’t get that time.
She simply states, “So yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned.”
Thanks to a network of support that includes friends, family and “most people at work,” she says, “I wouldn’t be where I am today.” As the Windy City Times points out, GLAAD and LGBT organizations take a strong stance against outing someone before they are ready to do so.
Despite the forced nature of her coming out, Wachowski seems determined to stay positive and serve as an example. She writes, “So I will continue to be an optimist adding my shoulder to the Sisyphean struggle of progress and in my very being, be an example of the potentiality of another world.”