With a “tada!” and a smile, director Lilly Wachowski made her first public appearance as a woman last night at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles – and is having its own “tada” moment with this sneak peek of tomorrow night’s taped telecast. Wachowski, creator of Netflix’s Sense8 and accepting the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Drama Series, spoke with humor and insight about her transition and the transgender community.

“Love is a crucial thing for transgender people,” Wachowski said. “It’s a tether. While creativity can soar beyond our seemingly immutable biological gender designations, when faced with a rather simple proposition of whether or not we are lovable, our imagination falters.”

The 48-year-old Wachowski, following in the footsteps of her transgender sister and filmmaking partner Lana Wachowski, announced her transition last month, apparently after learning that a London tabloid was about to leak the news. Watch the clip above and see Lilly take her revenge.

The GLAAD Media Awards air on Logo Monday at 10 pm.