Julie Burchill Julie Burchill

The latest celebrity must have? A trans child!

Dwyane Wade, Zaya Wade and Gabrielle Union (photo: Getty)

Hard luck, Madonna, your lovingly assembled rainbow family is no longer the most cutting-edge crew on the showbiz block. If you want to excel as an A-list parent these days, you need a trans child to show off on social media.

Jamie Lee Curtis has revealed that her child, born Thomas, now answers to the name of Ruby. The 62-year-old actress has declared to a waiting world – via People magazine – that the most difficult thing about adjusting to this unforeseen circumstance is calling them by their new name.

‘It’s speaking a new language…l earning new terminology and words… that was the hardest thing, just the regularity of the word… the name that you’d given a child. That you’ve been saying their whole life. Then the pronoun. My husband and I still slip occasionally. You slow your speech down a little. You still mess up, I’ve messed up today twice. We’re human…’

The Facts of Life passed from adult to child have become fictions passed from child to adult

Interestingly, Curtis said back in 2019 ‘I don’t think it’s anybody’s business what people’s sexuality is, to be perfectly honest.’ Those were the days! They now seem as far away as the times when shy Victorians allegedly covered piano legs for fear of inflaming stray passions. Because now it sometimes seems that every other celebrity parent feels that it is some sort of social duty to reveal their little darling as Very Special Indeed in the downstairs department.

For instance, Charlize Theron adopted a boy called Jackson (bit of an unfortunate memory-jog re. the late Michael and his preference for the company of kiddies there) in 2012 but in 2019, she was telling the Daily Mail that Jackson was now, miraculously – was it transubstantiation? – a girl.

She told Pride Source magazine; ‘It became harder for us the older she got that people were still writing about her in the wrong pronouns – and also I was still talking about her in the press using the wrong pronoun.

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