Corey Maison knew she wanted to be a girl when she was 11 years old, but was scared of disapproval from her parents. Little did she know that her mother, Erica, was coming to terms with a new gender identity of her own. Four years later, they’ve become a father-daughter duo that faces every step of their unique journey with strength and pride.
Erica, now Eric, gained the courage to confront his lifelong desire to transition from female to male after watching Corey become the young woman she had always felt like inside. Just as Corey feared familial rejection at first, Eric feared what his husband and children would think. After a year of difficult conversations, testosterone therapy, and a double mastectomy, Eric feels better than ever, and has been embraced with open arms by his loving family.
Back in January, Katie Couric featured Corey and Eric’s story as part of her Gender Revolution, a National Geographic special series. “They are moving in opposite directions but toward their true selves,” she wrote of their dynamic.
Meet Corey and Eric Maison, a father and daughter navigating through their gender transitions together
Eric, formerly Erica, felt uncomfortable as a woman his whole life, and reportedly “hated being pregnant”
His daughter, Corey, was born male, and also felt trapped inside a body that wasn’t hers
4 years ago, at age 11, Corey made the brave decision to let the girl she truly was shine through…
And, well… She looks flippin’ gorgeous
Corey initially feared her parents’ disapproval, not knowing what her own mom was feeling inside
“I wanted to make my parents proud of who I am, but I thought that they would not like me”
Inspired by his daughter, Erica came out as Eric in 2016
“The first feeling was relief, the second was terror,” Eric told 60 Minutes Australia in a touching interview
“Fear for what my future would hold… fear for what the rest of my life was going to look like”
Despite his anxiety, Eric has been embraced by his family, and is now undergoing testosterone therapy
“I have five beautiful children, I have an amazing husband and an amazing life”
This inspiring ABC News report on the unstoppable mother-daughter duo will warm your heart:
As expected, some people chose to leave negative, hurtful comments about the unique family
Others, however, were just fine with the fact that it’s 2017 and people can do what they want with their lives