From the time when she was eleven years old, Corey Maison knew she wanted to be a girl. Fearing disapproval from her parents she didn't reveal her feelings about changing gender. Little did she know, her mother Erica, was also coming to comes with a new gender identity of her own. Four years later, the father-daughter duo are embarking on a new journey together.
The Detroit family was watching a documentary of a transgendered girl when it was like a light bulb went off for both of them.
“That’s when we both learned what it meant to be transgender, and realized that that explained both of us exactly,” Eric said.
Erica, now Eric, watched his son Corey become the girl she had always known she was and that gave him strength to confront his lifelong desire to become male. Just like his child, the 39-year-old feared what his husband and children would think of the change. A year of hormone therapy and a double mastectomy, Eric feels more like his self and has been welcomed by his family with open arms.
For years both members of this family felt uncomfortable in their own bodies.
“I was always sad and angry all the time, and I didn’t know what to do about it,” Cory says.
The 15-year-old knew something was off, but wasn't exactly sure what. Eric felt the same way.
“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,” Eric adds. “Honestly, I just thought it was me. I thought there was something wrong with my brain.”
While Corey came out right after watching the documentary, Eric however, waited three more years.