On Monday, director Lilly Wachowski made her first appearance as transgender since announcing it in March, after a garbage Daily Mail reporter reportedly threatened to out her. She walked out onto the stage at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards and said, "Ta-da!" which was perfect, and everyone applauded. Because it was perfect, duh.
In her acceptance speech for winning Outstanding Drama Series for her work on Sense8, she thanked "the fabulous people at GLAAD, Nick Adams, as well as the extremely sensitive and courteous people at the Daily Mail," and then she added a sarcastic thumbs up and, "Thanks, guys!"
She spoke a bit about a concurrence of events surrounding her coming out, and about the show for which she won the award, and then she ended her speech with this bit of wisdom:
Where do we find the courage to break free from the boxes of our lives, to transcend and overcome tragedy, the monsters within and the violence we do to ourselves when we are too afraid to be who we really are. There's a critical eye being cast back on Lana's and my work through the lens of our trans-ness. This is a cool thing, because it's an excellent reminder that art is never static. And while the ideas of identity and transformation are critical components in our work, the bedrock that all ideas rest upon is love."
Standing ovation, at your desk, right now! Okay, everyone sit down. What a great speech.