Lana Wachowski, Director of the Matrix films and forthcoming film Cloud Atlas, made many beautiful and at times emotional statements in her recent Human Rights Campaign award acceptance speech, from talking about how she as a trans woman had no role-models to turn to while growing up, how because of the deep pain she felt she even went so far as to create a suicide plan, and how she is now thankful to be living her life with the support of her family.
Over the next few pages you will find ten inspiring and moving things Wachowski said in her acceptance speech that speak to us about the difficulties trans people still face, and how a loving family can make all the difference. If you would rather watch the full acceptance speech however, here it is:
1) Wachowski earned many column inches when she publicly came out as trans earlier this year. On this topic, Wachowski had this to say:
I have been out to my family and friends for over a decade and for the majority of that time I have been discussing this, this particular moment with my therapist, with my family and my wife because I know eventually I will do it but I know there is going to be a price for it. I knew I was going to come out but I knew when I finally did come out I didn’t want it to be about my coming out. I am completely horrified by the “talk show,” the interrogation and confession format, the weeping, the tears of the host whose sympathy underscores the inherent tragedy of my life as a transgender person. And this moment fulfilling the cathartic arc of rejection to acceptance without ever interrogating the pathology of a society that refuses to acknowledge the spectrum of gender in the exact same blind way they have refused to see a spectrum of race or sexuality.
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