“Matrix” Director Lana Wachowski: “I Couldn’t Even Say The Word ‘Transgender'”

 For years, I couldn’t even say the words ‘transgendered’ or ‘transexual’. When I began to admit it to myself, I knew that I would eventually have to tell my parents, and my brother and my sisters. The fact would inject such terror in me that I would not sleep for days… My biggest fears were all about losing my family. Once they accepted me, everything else has been a piece of cake.”

—Matrix and Cloud Atlas co-director Lana Wachowski, discussing her transition into acceptance, in The New Yorker.