"But the reality, my reality is that I've been transitioning and will continue to transition all of my life, through the infinite that exists between male and female as it does in the infinite between the binary of zero and one. We need to elevate the dialogue beyond the simplicity of binary. Binary is a false idol."—Lilly Wachowski
When I was young, I wanted very badly to be a writer, I wanted to be a filmmaker. But I couldn't find anyone like me in the world and it felt like my dreams were foreclosed simply because my gender was less typical than others. If I can be that person for someone else, then the sacrifice of my private civic life may have value."—Lana Wachowski
Lilly and Lana Wachowski have made some of the most iconic films of the past 20 years, the Matrix trilogy chief among them. Most recently they've joined the growing number of filmmakers taking their talents to Netflix, for the critically acclaimed series Sense8, which will return for season two later this year.
At the same time, Lana and Lilly have been helping each other through their respective transitions, from brothers to sisters. Lana transitioned during the making of the second and third Matrix movies, while Lilly came out as transgender in early 2016, crediting her sister with helping her through. Although a fairly low-profile pair, the Wachowski sisters have made a point of publicly announcing their transitions to help give voice and visibility to transgender people. They consistently make thought-provoking, diverse and challenging work and are testament to the power of a loving and supportive family.