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10 Unmissable Quotes from Matrix Director Lana Wachowski

10 Unmissable Quotes from Matrix Director Lana Wachowski
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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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4:50PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Very moving. I'm still teary. Well done Lana, and, thank you :-)

12:29PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

I wonder why was it not just enough for this woman? to be accepted as a very good film producer.

1:18AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

The fundamental message she is telling us all is that what you think is what you will create for yourself. By her positive thoughts and actions she attracted loving people to her. Yes the 7 laws of the universe do work when we live by them without an attachment to the outcome. She has shown the world that its all achievable we only have to take the first step to think positively for ourselves

11:08AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

The human rights that we hope are guaranteed in our constitution need to be for all: all races, all religions, all sexualities, all gender identities, all abilities. If being different in this country means we don't have rights and deserve to live our lives as who we are then our rights mean nothing. Then we are just another aristocracy where the rulers/chosen few get protection and the rest are unimportant. Lana Wachowski has guts. We should all be proud of her and the others who help us grow in awareness.

3:16PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Apparently I completely missed her coming out, but I am so glad I got to listen to this speech! She is certainly a very lucky woman, and I am so glad she has such an amazing family.

Bless her, and bless her courage to proudly stand before the world in all her preciousness.

1:38PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

I can't imagine how much courage it takes to accept and make this decision.

9:16AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Noted, thanks for sharing.

2:32AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

I love my gay friends but I wonder if I could have been a loving parent to transgender children. It's too late to find out now!

10:48PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

thanks for posting!

6:29PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012


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