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Toronto trans girl inspires supportive dad to design non-binary bikini bottoms

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In a case of necessity being the mother of invention, a Canadian father recently started a company to address the unique fashion requirements of his transgender daughter.

Twelve-year-old Ruby Alexander is the inspiration for RUBIES, form-fitting clothing for trans girls and nonbinary children and teens. Officially launched in fall 2020, the business has already gained an international following from families grateful for garments that provide their kids comfort and confidence.

Ruby’s father Jamie Alexander, 46, was concerned that trans girls and nonbinary kids often stop doing activities they love, such as swimming, dancing, gymnastics, and going to the beach for fear of rude stares and bullying. While Toronto, where the Alexanders live, is largely liberal-minded, parents in other locations legitimately fear for their kids’ safety.

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“This isn’t just theory. These kids are not comfortable and stop going places and doing things. It’s not fair. It’s important for all kids to keep active and healthy,” Alexander told The Times of Israel in a recent video interview. Jamie Alexander and his daughter Ruby (Courtesy of Alexander family)

In response, Alexander set out to manufacture specialized bikini bottoms and one-piece bathing suits that “magically turn a pointy poker into a dainty dune,” according to the company’s marketing materials. The garments do so through a specialized combination of compression spandex and mesh that eliminates any need for tucking or padding.

“We’ve heard from so many parents who appreciate that someone cares and is doing something for these kids,” Alexander said.

According to Alexander, his spunky only child was not particularly worried about being in public in tight-fitting bottoms (she........

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