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Jamie Lee Curtis says it is her 'job' to 'fight' against transphobia on behalf of her trans daughter

The 64-year-old shares daughters Ruby, 25, and Annie, 34, with husband and screenwriter Christopher Guest.

Jamie Lee Curtis says it is her 'job' to 'fight' against transphobia on behalf of her trans daughter
Cover Image Source: Ruby Guest, Christopher Guest, Jamie Lee Curtis and Annie Guest attend the Jamie Lee Curtis Hand and Footprint In Cement Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 12, 2022, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Jamie Lee Curtis has no time for haters and is ready to stand by her daughter no matter what! The 64-year-old veteran actress has been a vocal advocate of transgender rights ever since her daughter Ruby came out as trans in 2020. The "Everything Everywhere All At Once" actor spoke to Joe Scarborough for Morning Joe and said she will protect her 25-year-old daughter through thick and thin.

According to The Independent, Curtis told Scarborough: “This life is about love. Being a parent is about love and I love Ruby. Love her. People have said, ‘You’re so great to accept her love.’ What are you talking about? This is my daughter, this human being has come to me and said, ‘This is who I am.’ And my job is to say, ‘Welcome home.’ I will fight and defend her right to exist to anyone who claims that she doesn’t. And there are those people.”


Curtis shares daughters, Ruby and 34-year-old Annie, with husband and screenwriter Christopher Guest, 75. Ruby currently works as a video editor for a gaming personality on YouTube. Ruby, who came out as trans to her parents in 2020, opened up about the transition to PEOPLE in 2021. “It was scary — just the sheer fact of telling them something about me they didn’t know,” she said. “It was intimidating — but I wasn’t worried. They had been so accepting of me my entire life.”

Curtis said she wanted to help Ruby and make her as comfortable as she can. “It’s speaking a new language,” said Curtis. “It’s learning new terminology and words. I am new at it. I am not someone who is pretending to know much about it. And I’m going to blow it, I’m going to make mistakes. I would like to try to avoid making big mistakes.”


Curtis said the idea of sharing Ruby's journey was to give courage to those who were working towards embracing their true self. “If one person reads this, sees a picture of Ruby and me and says, ‘I feel free to say this is who I am,’ then it’s worth it,” said Curtis. Ruby shared a similar sentiment. “Me coming out has nothing to do with my mom being famous,” she said. “I’ve tried to stay out of the spotlight for many years, or at least done my best to. I’m happy to be more visible if it helps others.”

 Ruby Guest, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Annie Guest attend Universal Pictures World Premiere of
Ruby Guest, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Annie Guest attend Universal Pictures World Premiere of "Halloween Ends" on October 11, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Curtis even once called for degendering awards at the Oscars as a "mother of a trans daughter." Curtis told reporters after winning her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2023 for her role in "Everything Everywhere All At Once": "Obviously, I would like to see a lot more women be nominated so that there's gender parity in all the areas and all the branches, and I think we're getting there. We're not anywhere near there. And of course, the inclusivity then involves the bigger question, which is, how do you include everyone when there are binary choices, which is very difficult."

She even named her Oscar statuette, telling TODAY, "In support of my daughter Ruby, I'm having them be a they/them. I'm gonna just call them them. They/them." A visibly emotional Curtis added, "And they are doing great and they're settling in. In my life, I never thought in a million years, that I would have this couple days. And I'm very, very moved by the whole thing." 


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