Jamie Lee Curtis vows to 'fight' transphobia to protect daughter Ruby

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By James Kay

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Jamie Lee Curtis has vowed to "fight" transphobia in order to protect her daughter Ruby while admitting that she still has things to learn.

Back in March, the 64-year-old actress revealed that she was going to refer to her Oscars statue as they/them in support of her trans daughter.

Speaking to Today, Curtis was questioned whether she had a name for her statue, and she replied: "Here they are, and in support of my daughter Ruby I'm having them be a they/them, I'm gonna just call them, them. They/them."

The actress has since sat down with MSNBC's Morning Joe, where she has slammed those who attack trans people, calling it "awful and terrifying".

Watch the interview below:

Curtis said: "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!' [I say] what are you talking about?"

She went on: "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."

The Halloween actress admitted that she is still learning herself, but appreciates that it is currently a "challenging time" for trans people, noting the "awful political rhetoric".

"I’m trying to learn the most important thing is that I don’t know everything," Curtis said. "And I, I wake up every day sober, saying, 'I don’t know everything.' I don’t know a lot. There are a lot of things I don’t know about. And there’s a lot of this that I need to learn."

The 64-year-old explained that she has sought people out to educate herself, and expressed her desire to learn "both sides" to understand the issues.

"If I only hear one side of an argument or an idea, then I have no ability to think and the whole idea here is we can think we have minds to think. And as you said, you’re like, how do you walk through this? Nobody said there’s no handbook. There are people who will be helpful guides," Curtis added.

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Curtis with her daughters Ruby (left) and Annie (right). Credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty

Earlier this year, Curtis discussed the possibilities of non-binary award categories, adding that she wanted to see more women nominated so that there is "gender parity".

"As the mother of a trans daughter, I completely understand that. And yet, to de-gender the category, also, I'm concerned [that] will diminish the opportunities for more women, which is something I also have been working hard to try to promote," Curtis said.

The star concluded that her main aim is to see more inclusivity and more women up for the top awards.

Featured image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty

Jamie Lee Curtis vows to 'fight' transphobia to protect daughter Ruby

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By James Kay

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Jamie Lee Curtis has vowed to "fight" transphobia in order to protect her daughter Ruby while admitting that she still has things to learn.

Back in March, the 64-year-old actress revealed that she was going to refer to her Oscars statue as they/them in support of her trans daughter.

Speaking to Today, Curtis was questioned whether she had a name for her statue, and she replied: "Here they are, and in support of my daughter Ruby I'm having them be a they/them, I'm gonna just call them, them. They/them."

The actress has since sat down with MSNBC's Morning Joe, where she has slammed those who attack trans people, calling it "awful and terrifying".

Watch the interview below:

Curtis said: "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!' [I say] what are you talking about?"

She went on: "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."

The Halloween actress admitted that she is still learning herself, but appreciates that it is currently a "challenging time" for trans people, noting the "awful political rhetoric".

"I’m trying to learn the most important thing is that I don’t know everything," Curtis said. "And I, I wake up every day sober, saying, 'I don’t know everything.' I don’t know a lot. There are a lot of things I don’t know about. And there’s a lot of this that I need to learn."

The 64-year-old explained that she has sought people out to educate herself, and expressed her desire to learn "both sides" to understand the issues.

"If I only hear one side of an argument or an idea, then I have no ability to think and the whole idea here is we can think we have minds to think. And as you said, you’re like, how do you walk through this? Nobody said there’s no handbook. There are people who will be helpful guides," Curtis added.

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Curtis with her daughters Ruby (left) and Annie (right). Credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty

Earlier this year, Curtis discussed the possibilities of non-binary award categories, adding that she wanted to see more women nominated so that there is "gender parity".

"As the mother of a trans daughter, I completely understand that. And yet, to de-gender the category, also, I'm concerned [that] will diminish the opportunities for more women, which is something I also have been working hard to try to promote," Curtis said.

The star concluded that her main aim is to see more inclusivity and more women up for the top awards.

Featured image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty