I am here because when I was young, I wanted very badly to be a writer, I wanted to be a filmmaker, but I couldn’t find anyone like me in the world and it felt like my dreams were foreclosed simply because my gender was less typical than others.
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.
Lilly Wachowski, who previously was credited on her films as Andy Wachowski, decided to make her announcement after a journalist from the British newspaper the Daily Mail showed up at her doorstep to tell her that the paper would be printing a story about her transition and hoped she would take part.
She writes: My sister Lana and I have largely avoided the press.
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. But these words, "transgender" and "transitioned" are hard for me because they both have lost their complexity in their assimilation into the mainstream. To be transgender is something largely understood as existing within the dogmatic terminus of male or female.
And to "transition" imparts a sense of immediacy, a before and after from one terminus to another.
He stares at me the way animals stare at each other. All I know is that because he didn’t, I am still here.” Lana’s acceptance speech ended on a positive and hopeful note- an acknowledgement of her role in the ongoing struggle for trans* visibility and equality, and the impact her going public will have on a generation of children whose gender doesn’t match the sex they were assigned at birth: “Years later I find the courage to admit that I am transgender and this doesn’t mean that I am unlovable.