Ahead of a planned outing against her will by The Daily Mail, Lilly Wachowski, formerly known as Andy, has announced that she’s transgender in an exclusive statement to the Windy City Times. With her sister Lana, who came out publicly in 2012 after rumors that she was trans had circulated for several years, Lily is half of the famed Wachowski filmmaking siblings, best known for the Matrix franchise and the sizzling lesbian thriller Bound.
Nick Adams, GLAAD‘s Director of Programs for Transgender Media, said in an emailed statement, “GLAAD is thrilled that Lilly Wachowski is able to be her true and authentic self today, however, she should not have been forced to disclose her transgender identity before she was ready to do so. Journalists must learn that it is unacceptable to out a transgender person, in the same way it is unacceptable to out a person who is gay, lesbian, or bisexual.”
Read Wachowski’s statement – including the details of the Daily Mail‘s threat to out her – after the jump.