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Watch Lana Wachowski's Inspiring Speech About Her Transgender Experience

Lana Wachowski, the director of Cloud Atlas, has not made a public appearance to promote her and brother Andy's films in 12 years.

While the filmmaker prefers anonymity, she decided it was finally time to talk about her private struggles that so many others go through too. She got a great opportunity in San Francisco recently when she was honored with the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award.

The "painfully shy" woman behind The Matrix took advantage of the attention to speak about her transgender experience that started when she was a young child in Catholic School and continues to this day.

Mixing humor and brutal honesty, she takes the audience on a walk in her shoes as she recounts the day she almost committed suicide, the day she came to terms with who she really was, the day her parents accepted her femininity and the day she decided to sacrifice her private civic life to make this world a better place for the entire LGBT community.

Take some time and watch the incredible speech (above). We promise you'll laugh, you'll cry and maybe grow a little bit as a person.

Most of all, you'll be hoping that she makes these types of public appearances more often.

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Lady GaGa To Get SLDN Award!

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Wonderful!

Lady GaGa will be honored with the Randy Shilts Visibility Award at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Annual National Dinner on Saturday.

Held in Washington D.C., Queen GaGa will receive the award in recognition of her "accomplishments in bringing the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service personnel to the public’s attention."

Army Sergeant First Class Stacy Vasquez, who escorted GaGa at the MTV Video Awards in September, will accept the award on her behalf.

The organization added:

"Lady GaGa’s outspoken commitment to end 'Don’t Ask' discrimination renewed the call for repeal on the national stage and emboldened millions of young people to get engaged, take action and play a decisive role in repealing this bad law. We are profoundly grateful to Lady GaGa for her passion and tireless involvement."

Amen to that!

Congratulations, GaGa! You deserve this.

[Image via WENN.]

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