Lana Wachowski’s Speech About Her Life and Trasngenderism Is About as Sprawling as and Probably More Moving Than Cloud Atlas

On Saturday, Lana Wachowski was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award at the organization’s annual gala in San Fransciso. The resulting 25-minute acceptance speech is a highlight (if not the highlight) of her public output thus far.

“I began to believe voices in my head — that I was a freak, that I am broken, that there is something wrong with me, that I will never be lovable,” she told the crowd, recounting the isolation and bullying (by a nun, no less) of her youth.

The speech is an eloquent exploration of the complexity of her coming out:

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