Mother & Son Become Father & Daughter After Realizing They’re Both Transgender

Corey Maison

A transgender father and daughter from Michigan are telling the inspiring story about their individual transitions.

Corey Maison, 15, came out to her parents four years ago that she identified as a girl, but it wasn’t until last year that her mother (Erica, now Eric) also struggled with gender identity.

Before understanding what it meant to be transgender, both Corey and Eric felt uncomfortable in their skin.

The teen told People:

“I was always sad and angry all the time, and I didn’t know what to do about it.”

Eric added:

“I knew that something was off, but I didn’t know what that was. I knew that I hated my body, I was very ashamed of it, but I didn’t know, cognitively, why. Honestly, I just thought it was me. I thought there was something wrong with my brain.”

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As for why Eric waited to follow in his daughter’s footsteps and come out with his own truth, he shared:

“I wanted to make sure that my child was taken care of. I wanted to do everything to make sure her transition was smooth and everything was in place. As a parent, you want to put your kids first.”


After experiencing bullying at school, Corey spent a few years being home-schooled — before she ultimately headed back to a welcoming local Detroit school:

“There was an issue with a few parents complaining that there was a trans girl in the bathroom with their children, and the principal basically said, sorry but, President Obama set these guidelines and we’re going to stick by them.”

Ugh, Barack Obama, we miss you!!

In 2015, Corey began taking hormone treatments, and this past year Eric started taking testosterone and underwent top surgery to remove his breasts.

Of the support he’s received from his husband, Les, Eric shared:

“It actually came about by accident. [Les and I] were watching the movie The Danish Girl, and the transgender girl named Lili dies at the end, and when she dies I was crying so hard, more than you cry from a movie, and my husband hugs me and says, ├óΓé¼╦£Are you okay?’ And I said, ├óΓé¼╦£I’m sorry you’re stuck with a freaking Lili.’ And he took a minute to think and process that and he said, ├óΓé¼╦£I love you, and no matter what we’ll make this work.'”


“It’s kind of ironic that something needed to be removed from my body to feel more complete. It was a major turning point for me. My biggest area of dysmorphia, my whole life, from puberty, from the time I started developing breasts, was my chest.”

The dad/daughter duo has been spreading their message of trans rights, and even landed in National Geographic‘s Gender Revolution issue:

For more on this inspiring story, ch-ch-check out the 60 Minutes Australia feature on the family (below)!!

[Image via Instagram.]

Mar 17, 2017 4:55pm PDT

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