Lilly Wachowski At The GLAAD Awards: ‘Love Is A Crucial Thing For Transgender People’

After coming out in March (to ward off an involuntary outing), Lilly Wachowski made her first public appearance as a transgender woman on Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards. The younger Wachowski accepted an award for Outstanding Drama Series for the Netflix show Sense8, which was created by Lilly and her sister Lana.

Introduced by Keke Palmer, Lilly’s first words were simply, “Ta-da!” Reading off of a script, Lilly first thanked the “fabulous people at GLAAD” and then threw some shade at the Daily Mail (the media outlet who threatened to out her) by sarcastically thanking them too. Lilly also mentioned that her coming out happened during the same time period as the 20th anniversary of the Wachowski’s film, Bound, Trans Day of Visibility, National Women’s Day, and Pi Day.

After few chuckles, Wachowski’s speech became personal and heartfelt. “When faced with a rather simple proposition of whether you’re unlovable, our imagination falters,” she said. “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.”

Lilly then brought up the importance of love, stating, “Love is a crucial thing for transgender people, it’s a tether.” Before exiting the stage, Lilly shouted, “Now get out there and go love with all your f*cking might!”

The GLAAD Media Awards airs Monday night at 10 p.m. on Logo.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)