Cloud Atlas and Lana Wachowski

You ever notice that when something comes to your attention, other things start occurring that are related?

I don’t often go LGBTQ# here. I am out as a lesbian. (as the subtitle of my blog will attest, if nothing else) A decade or two ago I was very visibly active within my community and the wider world. These days, I have a quieter political profile, although no less active for all that.

My posts reflect all aspects of my public persona … everyday happenings, thoughts on Life the Universe and Everything … and my public persona as a writer. That persona is of course, informed by the whole of my life, both public and private … as a lesbian,

Every now and then I’m reminded of the narrow divide between my current place of privilege (as a married lesbian in a country that affords me all my legal rights under our governing charter) and the abyss that exists in so many countries for so many people on all levels of the gender spectrum.

The other day I watched Lana Wachowski’s acceptance speech for the Human Rights Campaign Award for Visibility. Lana is half of the Wachowski duo who wrote and/or directed/produced (among others) V For Vendetta, ‘Bound’ and ‘The Matrix Trilogy’ of films. Lana is also a trans-woman.

That same day the my regular newsletter from GLBTQ Encyclopedia arrived in my in-box. It’s focus this month is on transgender women and men.

I sensed a theme developing, and when Herself chooses to hit me over the head with something, I’ve learned to pay attention.

Lana’s speech is an incredibly powerful testament to our will to transcend externally imposed limitations … and downright bloody-well survive.

The latest cinematic treat the Wachowski’s have created is Cloud Atlas. It’s playing right now. 

Mrs Widds and I saw it last night. We were impressed, to say the least. Go see it, if you have a chance … but leave everything you’ve read about it, negative, positive, the making of, etc, at the cinema entrance. If you walk in with any expectations, I reckon there’s a fair chance you’ll be disappointed.


“Our invisibility is the essence of our oppression. And until we eliminate that invisibility, people are going to be able to perpetuate the lies and myths about gay people” Jean O’Leary

# LGBTQ – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer


6 comments on “Cloud Atlas and Lana Wachowski

  1. I loved Cloud Atlas. I can’t wait to see it again in a format where I can pause it and really look it at or think about or go back and watch another part.


  2. jannatwrites says:

    I just heard about Cloud Atlas somewhere else recently. It sounds like an interesting premise. I probably won’t get to see it in theaters, but I’d like to check out the DVD.


  3. londonmabel says:

    I didn’t know she was now a she! I’ll come back and watch the next time I’m procrastinating from Nano. …Right now I’m procrastinating from going to bed.

    I have a transsexual woman in my current novel. Just a side character. But enough to make me stop and do my research and learn things. That’s one of the reasons I like writing “the other”… so that I’m always learning, learning, learning. So much to learn in this world.


    • Widdershins says:

      Me either. At least until I saw the director intro to the ‘Cloud Atlas’ trailer, then my brain had one of those ‘huh?’ moments.

      *widder pontificates* – true wisdom is understanding how much we don’t know! I’m amazed when I do searches for the peeps whose quotes I use at the end of each of my posts, at how wonderful, creative, and truly magnificent critters those ‘oomins are!


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