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Lana and Lilly Wachowski – the writers and directors behind The matrix — are auctioning off movie props and memorabilia they’ve made to raise money to support trans youth.
The auction includes over 180 items from The matrix revolutions, V for Vendetta, Sense8 and speed racer, among other films. All proceeds go to the Protect and Defend Trans Youth Fund, which supports a range of organizations across the country that advocate for or serve trans youth.
The fundraiser comes as a wave of anti-trans politics sweeps through state legislatures across the country. Earlier this month, the Alabama legislature voted to ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth, while in Texas, Governor Greg Abbot sought to have certain forms of care investigated. of gender affirmation as possible child abuse. In March, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed what opponents call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The bill prohibits public school teachers from teaching classes about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through 3rd grade.
In 2020 – after much fan speculation – Lilly Wachowski confirmed in an interview with Netflix that the popular film, The matrix, was layered with trans themes. Both Wachowskis are trans women, but hadn’t come out publicly when the film was first released.
“I’m glad it was revealed that, you know, that was the original intention, but the world wasn’t quite ready – the corporate world wasn’t ready for that,” Lilly said of trans narratives in movies. .
Lilly Wachowski announced the auction, titled “Enter the Matrix: The Wachowski Collection,” in a Tweeter the Saturday.
“hi! so me and Lana have been spring cleaning our Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse and happily decided to pass on some of the best treasures we’ve collected over the years!! no ark of the covenants but pretty major and magical artifacts!” Lilly wrote on Twitter.
In her Twitter thread, she pointed to an item from the collection – latex ears that Channing Tatum wore as Caine Wise in Jupiter’s Ascendancy.
“Like who doesn’t need it?” she wrote.
Autographed posters of The matrix revolution, cloud atlas jackets, claps used for the production of Jupiter’s Ascendancy and Sense8 are among the other auction items.
Absentee bids are now being accepted and the live auction is set to begin on Thursday, May 12.