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Lilly Wachowski urges Hollywood to accept the transgender community

'The Matrix' director underwent gender confirmation surgery back in 2016

2019-08-05

Words: Steve Brown

Lilly Wachowski wants Hollywood to accept the transgender community.

The Matrix director – who underwent gender confirmation surgery back in 2016 – appeared alongside Pose writer and co-creator Steven Canals during a panel at the TV Academy’s Saban Media Center in Hollywood over the weekend.

During the panel, Lilly discussed transgender visibility on TV and movies and urged Hollywood to welcome the LGBTQ community and to educate people, according to Variety.

She said: “We all have to break the f**king door down and tell our stories because it’s about education. It’s about having a voice.

“All of the storytellers up here and all of the storytellers in this room, it’s a part of this larger conversation that we’re having when we’re finding the language to talk about ourselves.

“As I was growing up all of the trans characters were played by cisgender actors; there was a façade and the characters lacked real depth... the characters I would see – John Lithgow playing trans in The World According to Garp – while it was lovely portrayal, there was an element missing.”