During a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, acclaimed actress Jamie Lee Curtis passionately defended her daughter Ruby, who is transgender, and vowed to fight against anti-LGBTQ legislation targeting trans youth.
The Oscar-winner sat down with Joe Scarborough and shared her unexpected journey to winning her first Academy Award for Everything Everywhere All at Once. When asked about playing tough IRS agent Deirdre Beaubeirdra in the film, Curtis said, “We’re all human and we’ve all been through the ringer of life in whatever form. Deirdre is a forgotten woman, Deirdre is one of those forgotten people…I loved representing those forgotten people.”
The conversation then turned deeply personal as Curtis discussed her daughter Ruby’s coming out journey. “At the bottom line is life is about love. Being a parent is about love,” Curtis declared. “I love Ruby, love her. People say, ‘You’re so great to accept her.’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ She’s my daughter. This human being has come to me and said ‘This is who I am.’ My job is to say, ‘Welcome home.’ I will fight and defend her right to exist to anyone who claims that she doesn’t.”
Curtis acknowledged the frightening political climate for transgender rights, stating: “They demonize trans people. It’s awful. It’s terrifying…There’s a lot of political rhetoric, awful political rhetoric, particularly coming from your home state.”
She emphasized the importance of listening and educating oneself on trans issues. “I’m trying to learn the most important thing is that I don’t know everything. I wake up every day sober saying, ‘I don’t know everything.’ I have gone to teachers. I have gone to people and said please educate me, help me learn what the issue is.”
During the emotional interview, Curtis exemplified unconditional acceptance for her daughter, reminding viewers that a parent’s duty is to welcome their child no matter what. Her courage to speak out against discrimination makes the actress a true inspiration.
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