Last year amidst the pandemic the youngest child of Jamie Lee Curtis and husband of 37 years director Christopher Guest had something to say to them. That “he” was actually a “she.” This week scream queen actress spoke up about her daughter Ruby’s journey as she transitions. The BAFTA and Golden Globe winner admits that she’s still a student.
“It’s speaking a new language,” Curtis told People. “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.”
Scarier than Halloween Kills
Ruby says that while she intended to tell her famous parents at their family home, she actually broke the news via text message.
“It was scary — just the sheer fact of telling them something about me they didn’t know,” Ruby told People.
This feeling is something that just about everyone who’s ever come out of the closet can relate to. Will my family still love me? Will I be shunned? Am I making a mistake? Am I sure? Countless worries until the actual moment of stepping out into the light and embracing you know yourself to be. It can take a staggering amount of courage. Ruby received the best reception possible.
Jamie Lee Curtis told AARP The Magazine that she and her husband “have watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter, Ruby.”
Ruby has historically avoided the limelight pointed at her parents but now things are different. Her decision to share her journey matches her mother’s reasons. To be visible so that if someone, anyone, sees it and decides they feel comfortable enough to come out it will be worth it. Ruby thinks she could have come out earlier but a bad experience in therapy prevented her from taking the next step.
Well, we see you Ruby, we are here for you and your trans journey and the journey of every LGBTQ+ person in our community. You are not alone and you never will be. And, thank you Jamie Lee Curtis for being a wonderful example of a supportive parent.