In a recent interview with AARP, legendary screen star Jamie Lee Curtis shared that her youngest child is transgender. She said in the interview that she has “watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby.”
Curtis and her husband, Christopher Guest, adopted Ruby in 1996, 10 years after adopting their eldest daughter, Annie.
With her daughter’s permission, Curtis discussed Ruby’s gender identity and her upcoming nuptials. The 25-year-old is getting married next year, and Curtis herself will officiate the wedding.
Curtis has been an ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community for many years. She recently purchased the rights to Sara Cunningham’s memoir “How We Sleep at Night,” which details the true story of a devoutly Christian mother coming to terms with the fact that her son is gay.
Curtis will produce, direct and star in the Lifetime adaptation of “How We Sleep at Night.” She bought the rights to Cunningham’s memoir after she saw one of Cunningham’s Facebook posts in which Cunningham offered to “stand in” as a surrogate mom for any gay couples whose parents refused to attend their wedding. The touching post moved Curtis so much that she knew she wanted to share Cunningham’s story with the world.
Watch Curtis discuss Sara Cunningham and the upcoming Lifetime movie version of “How We Sleep at Night” below:
Curtis reveals that after she read the Facebook post, she reached out to Cunningham to offer her support and praise. When she realized Cunningham had self-published a memoir about her experience as a mother of a gay son, Curtis knew she wanted to take this story to the screen.
“And I kept saying to her: ‘My aim is true, I will only try to carry this story and create a beautiful movie about you and your life and your work,'” Curtis says about their early conversations.
Now, a year later, Curtis is revealing her own experiences as the mother of a transgender child and offering a shining example of how to be an advocate and activist not only for your own children, but for all children who are LGBTQ+.