Several years after her sister, Lana, came out as transgender, the second Wachowski sibling, Lilly (formerly Andy), has done the same. The siblings and directing partners are known for making critically acclaimed science fiction epics such as The Matrix trilogy, V For Vendetta, and Cloud Atlas. Lilly says the decision to announce her gender transition is largely due to intimidation by a reporter from Daily Mail, as she explains in a powerful, enlightening letter to the Windy City Times (the oldest LGBT newspaper in Chicago).

Standing on my front porch was a man I did not recognize.

"This might be a little awkward," he said in an English accent...

...He proceeded to explain he was a journalist from the Daily Mail, which was the largest news service in the UK and was most definitely not a tabloid. And that I really had to sit down with him tomorrow or the next day or next week so that I could have my picture taken and tell my story which was so inspirational! And that I really didn't want to have someone from the National Enquirer following me around, did I?

Sources: Windy City Times | GLAAD | The Guardian | Vocativ