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The Matrix director Lilly Wachowski gives heartfelt speech on her transition at the GLAAD Awards

'When faced with a rather simple proposition of whether you’re unloveable, our imagination falters'

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The Matrix director Lilly Wachowski - who formerly went by Andy Wachowski, and came out publicly as transgender last month - has given a heartfelt speech at the GLAAD Awards, saying "the bedrock that all ideas rest upon is love."

Wachowski was accepting the award for Best Drama Series for Netflix production Sense8 at the event, and had been planning to read from a prepared statement, but - as The Hollywood Reporter reveals - went off script and talked more personally instead.

"The ideas of identity and transformation are components of our work, the bedrock that all ideas rest upon is love. Love is a crucial thing for transgender people, it's a tether," she said.

"When faced with a rather simple proposition of whether you’re unloveable, our imagination falters. Too many of us end up on the wrong side of the existential question of love or oblivion. And so we ring that bell. Not just for everyone else’s sake but our own."

After thanking the awards, her sister and some of her colleagues on the series, she concluded "now get out there and go love with all your fucking might!"

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Wachowski, 48, rose to fame directing all three films of The Matrix trilogy from 1999 to 2003, produced alongside sibling and collaborator Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski.

Lilly Wachowski confirmed her transition in a statement to Chicago's Windy City Times, revealing that her decision to speak publicly came after The Daily Mail "threatened public outing against my will". The Daily Mail has denied these claims.

"I knew at some point I would have to come out publicly," Wachowski wrote. "You know, when you’re living as an out transgender person it’s kind of difficult to hide. I just wanted – needed – some time to get my head right, to feel comfortable. But apparently I don’t get to decide this."

"So yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned," she continued.

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