THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Filmmaker and trans woman Lana Wachowski, who (along with her brother Andy) directed the The Matrix series films, accepted the Visibility Award by the Human Rights Campaign and rewarded attendees of the event with a truly emotional — sometimes humorous, sometimes gut wrenching — speech about her transition into Lana.
A private person, somewhat shy and unaccustomed to giving a speech in front of a large audience, Lana Wachowski pulled off the impossible — she had the audience hanging on to every word, mesmerized for the entire 25 minutes she spoke.
Lana Wachowski clearly did not make this very public speech for herself, but rather, felt compelled to do it on behalf of all her transgender brothers and sisters. With one 25-minute speech, she impacted the lives of many struggling trans people through personal inspiration or heightened positive awareness of trans people in society.
Trans role model extraordinaire.
I really liked this bit Lana shared about what her brother said when reporters during an earlier interview began to ask ‘gender questions’: “if somebody asks something or says something about my sister that I don’t like, understand that I will break a bottle over their head.”
A captioned version of the HRC speech can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crHHycz7T_c
(Thanks to Liz LaVenture for the push!)
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