Jamie Lee Curtis Is Feeling ‘Wonder and Pride’ As the Mother of a Trans Daughter

Film icon to officiate daughter's upcoming wedding

By |2021-07-29T14:50:28-04:00July 29th, 2021|National, News|

Actress, ally and “Halloween” Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis announced in a new interview with AARP magazine that she is the proud mother of a transgender child. In the magazine, which came out Wednesday, Curtis said she has “watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby.”

Curtis said that her youngest child, Ruby, a 25-year-old computer gaming editor, is engaged and plans to marry next year. She also said that she, the mother of the bride, will officiate the service.

In a 2019 interview with Pride Source’s Chris Azzopardi, Curtis said that one’s sexuality is a private matter, unless of course they choose to reveal it.

“I don’t think it’s anybody’s business what people’s sexuality is, to be perfectly honest,” she told Azzopardi. “I find it like a reverse discrimination.

During that interview, she went on to say that, “People’s private lives are their private lives and whether I’ve ever kissed a girl – have not – is irrelevant to whatever advocacy I participate in.” Curtis added that it’s “sort of destructive cocktail party fodder what people’s sexuality is,” but that ultimately it’s “nobody’s business, it doesn’t matter” – unless, she insists, “you legislate anti-gay legislation but are gay. I fully accept outing those people for the hypocrisy.”

Growing up in Hollywood as the daughter of Hollywood legends Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh of “Psycho” fame, Curtis said she was around gay people from a young age.

“Her [mother’s] make-up artist was gay, the playwright that she did a play with was a great friend of our family who was gay [as well].”

Those men aside, Curtis said that as a child she was unaware if any of her peers was LGBTQ+.

“I did not know any gay kids growing up, but I was propositioned in school once by a girl,” she said. “I was at boarding school and I remember I rejected her advance and, you know, that didn’t go well. She made a point of making that an issue for me at school a little bit.”

A longtime supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, Curtis has bought the film rights to the life story of Sara Cunningham, a mother and ally who offers free hugs to LGBTQ+  people and acts as a stand-in mom for same-sex couples on their wedding day when families refuse to attend. As for Curtis, her next film, “Halloween Kills,” is out Sept. 8. 

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Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael joined Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. He has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author for his authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," released on his own JAM Books imprint.