Lana Wachowski gives poignant speech about growing up transgendered

The "Matrix" trilogy and "Cloud Atlas" co-director opens up about her suicide plan, physical abuse and childhood

By Prachi Gupta

Published October 24, 2012 2:57PM (EDT)

Wachowski delivered a candid speech at the Human Rights Campaign's recent fundraising gala in which she opened up about her struggles with gender identity and her own traumatic childhood. HRC president Chad Griffin believes her story can inspire the international LGBT community, “Lana’s willingness to tell her story will impact and change countless lives across the world," he said. "She is a giant in her industry, and for someone with such success and such profile to be willing to tell their personal story to the world sends a tremendous message to LGBT people across the globe that they too can aspire to be a giant in their industry.”

h/t THR

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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