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Lana Wachowski      

Director and Human Rights Activist, First Major Hollywood Director to Come Out as Transgender

Lana Wachowski, half of the Wachowski sibling duo that brought us “The Matrix”and “Cloud Atlas,” made history in 2012 when she became the first major Hollywood director to come out as transgender.

When she accepted the HRC Visibility Award in 2012 Lana said, “When I told my mom what was going on, she jumped on a plane immediately. It was this big, tear-soaked baptism, and she confessed that she had been afraid to arrive and grieve the loss of her son. But when she arrived she found it wasn’t so much a death as it was a discovery. That there was this other part of me, an unseen part, and she felt it was like a gift because now she could get to know that part of me.”

The keynotes by Lana Wachowski focus on the issues that transgendered individuals face every day. Her speeches are focused around isolation and vulnerability which young people often have to deal with when they grow up feeling different.

One particular keynote by Lana Wachowski raises awareness about anti-trans violence among those who need to be most aware of it, including lawmakers, educators, and law enforcement officials. This passionate keynote sheds light on the pain, confusion and complete isolation transgendered people often feel and tell people that they are not alone.

The keynotes by Lana Wachowski are informative, insightful and offer a fresh perspective on a very important issue that needs to be discussed more openly and frequently.

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