The filmmakers behind ‘The Matrix’ are auctioning memorabilia to support trans kids

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 benefit the Protect and Defend the Trans Youth Fundwhich 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 some forms of gender-affirming care investigated as possible child abuse . In March, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed what opponents call the “don’t say gayThe bill prohibits public school teachers from teaching classes about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through 3rd grade.

In 2020 — after long speculation by fans – 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 Saturday.

“hi you! so me and Lana have been spring cleaning our Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse and have happily decided to pass on some of the best treasures we’ve collected over the years!! no ark from the wedding bands but pretty major and magical artifacts!” Lilly wrote on Twitter.

In her Twitter thread, she reported a collection item — 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 jacketsclaps used in 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.

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