While I really do appreciate Lana coming out, and I would never be one to tell anyone where or how or when to come out, I do continue to feel there is another, more subtle message for trans woman in how this has all played out over the past 13 years:
“Get your fame, fortune, and success in early, before you transition, because there is likely little hope for trans women to do so after.”
Sure, Lana will now go on to be some sort of Golden Child. Because now Media and HRC and all these progressives types will be able to hold her up and say “see, we have trans women too” all the ignoring the struggles of real trans women in their structures trying to even make a foothold.
I feel that Lana’s statement of coming out to inspire other aspiring trans women and girls who wish to be writers and directors is short sighted and Pollyanna. I feel in all this, the only lessen Lana can teach is for aspiring youth to lay low, keep in the closet, and suppress their transness until they’ve achieved some level of success in their field, and then come out.
Because for real, would any of the film producers have given The Wachowski Starship the time of day if one of them was out as trans at the start of their career? Would anyone do so today?