In a lengthy statement provided to the Windy City Times, Lilly Wachowski told the story of being approached in her own home by a reporter. The man in question urged her to speak with his publication about being trans for his story.
"He proceeded to explain he was a journalist from the Daily Mail, which was the largest news service in the U.K. and was most definitely not a tabloid," she wrote in her statement. "And that I really had to sit down with him tomorrow or the next day or next week so that I could have my picture taken and tell my story which was so inspirational! And that I really didn't want to have someone from the National Enquirer following me around, did I?"
Despite the Wachowskis' aversion to press, Lilly Wachowski said, she knew she had to take control of the narrative. In her statement, she specifically referenced the Daily Mail's part in outing trans teacher Lucy Meadows. Meadows killed herself after the Daily Mail's editorial ran.
"The reason I knew about her wasn't because she was transgender," Lilly Wachowski wrote. "It was because three months after the Daily Mail article came out, Lucy committed suicide. And now here they were, at my front door, almost as if to say, 'There's another one! Let's drag 'em out in the open so we can all have a look!'"
Much of the reaction to Lilly Wachowski's statement on Twitter has been both supportive of the Sense8 director and furious with the Daily Mail.
It's great Lilly Wachowski is out, but the method is disgustingly off. No one should be forced to share their identity publicly.
GLAAD's director of transgender media programs, Nick Adams, released a statement in which he said the organization is "thrilled" Lilly Wachowski can live openly, but that being forced to do so spoke volumes.
"Journalists must learn that it is unacceptable to out a transgender person, in the same way it is unacceptable to out a person who is gay, lesbian or bisexual," he said.
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Directors Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski speak onstage at the 'Cloud Atlas' Press Conference during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 13: Director Lana Wachowski at the 'Cloud Atlas' Press Conference at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 24: Co-Director Lana Wachowski arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Cloud Atlas' premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 1: (L to R) Tom Tykwer and Lana Wachowski attend the press conference of the Moscow premiere of 'Cloud Atlas' on November 1, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gennadi Avramenko/Epsilon/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 2: (L to R)Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski attend the press conference of the 'Cloud Atlas' Moscow premier in Ukraina hotel on November 2, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gennadi Avramenko/Epsilon/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 05: Director Lana Wachowski attends the 'Cloud Atlas' Germany Premiere at CineStar on November 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 13: Lana Wachowski speaks during the 'Cloud Atlas' press conference at Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel on December 13, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. The film will open on January 10, 2013 in South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 21: (CHINA OUT) Director Lana Wachowski attends 'Cloud Atlas' press conference on January 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: Director Lana Wachowski attends 'The Immigrant' opening night premiere and tribute to Roger Ebert at Chicago Theatre on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Director/Writer/Producer Lana Wachowski attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Jupiter Ascending' at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 2, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Lana Wachowski attends the Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Ziegfeld Theater on September 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Lana Wachowski attends the Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Ziegfeld Theater on September 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)