Director Lilly Wachowski made her first
public appearance at Saturday's 27th annual GLAAD Media
Awards in Los Angeles.
The 48-year-old Wachowski came out as a
transgender woman last month. She said that her coming out was made
under pressure from a journalist who was threatening to out her.
“Ta-da!” Wachowski told the
audience to cheers.
Wachowski, who was on hand to accept
the group's award in the Outstanding Drama Series for Netflix's
Sense8, said that her appearance was the result of “a
culmination of confluent events.”
“This was something I became aware of
shortly after receiving GLAAD's invitation to tonight's affair. A
sudden synchronism of time space that included the 20 year
anniversary of Bound, the Trans Day of Visibility, National
Women's Day, and Pi Day, all occurring within a month's time
concurrent with my own coming out with the help of the fabulous
people at GLAAD – Nick Adams – as well as the extremely sensitive
and courteous people at the Daily Mail.”
“Thanks guys,” she added, giving a
Wachowski's sister, Lana Wachowski, 50,
came out publicly as a transgender woman in 2012.
The siblings are best known for
directing The Matrix and its two sequels.
Demi Lovato and actress-model
Ruby Rose were honored at the event, while Caitlyn
Jenner and Jazz Jennings shared a prize.
Logo on Monday will broadcast a
one-hour special on Saturday's event.