Today, filmmaker Lilly Wachowski, sister of director and producer Lana Wachowski, took a stand in the Windy City Times against tabloid reporters who attempted to out her against her will.
In the statement, Lilly called out those who continue to demoralize and demonize transgender people.
“I am one of the lucky ones. Having the support of my family and the means to afford doctors and therapists has given me the chance to actually survive this process. Transgender people without support, means and privilege do not have this luxury. And many do not survive. In 2015, the transgender murder rate hit an all-time high in this country. A horrifying disproportionate number of the victims were trans women of color. These are only the recorded homicides so, since trans people do not all fit in the tidy gender binary statistics of murder rates, it means the actual numbers are higher.
And though we have come a long way since Silence of the Lambs, we continue to be demonized and vilified in the media where attack ads portray us as potential predators to keep us from even using the goddamn bathroom. The so-called bathroom bills that are popping up all over this country do not keep children safe, they force trans people into using bathrooms where they can be beaten and or murdered. We are not predators, we are prey.”
Coming out is a long and arduous process. For those people whose gender identity or innate sense of their own gender doesn’t match with the gender assigned at birth, unraveling and expressing it can be complex and difficult.
HRC stands in support of Lilly for taking this brave step forward and condemns the outlets that attempt to threaten those on their personal journey to living openly and authentically.
In 2012, HRC celebrated Lilly’s sister Lana Wachowski, who directed “Cloud Atlas” with the HRC’s Visibility Award.
For HRC's transgender visibility resource guide, visit http://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-visibility-guide