According to The Independent, the world’s first parent and child to publicly come out as transgender are now detailing their transitioning journey.
Formally mother and son, Erica and Corey Maison have struggled individually with their gender identities for years, totally unaware that the other was also facing a struggle.
Corey, who is now 15-years-old, told her mum and dad that she identified as a female when she was 11-years-old, and underwent a three-year process with therapists before she started physically transitioning.
Last year, Corey found out that her mother had also been struggling with gender identity, and the pair are now transitioning together, as their relationship shifts from mother and son to father and daughter.
@Regrann from @natgeo - Sometimes our children lead the way. Corey, 14, socially transitioned from boy to girl in the past few years. She gave her Mom, Eric(a) the courage to begin her own transition from female to male. They are moving in opposite directions but toward their true selves. After her first shot of testosterone Erica said she finally felt "complete". Photo by @ljohnphoto for Nat Geo's Special Issue-Gender Revolution. @natgeo @thephotosociety #gender #nonbinary - #regrann #thisiswhattranslookslike
The teenager, who is making an effort to record her transition on Instagram, is hoping to raise awareness for transgender children.
Corey spoke to 60 Minutes, and said: “I wanted to make my parents proud of who I am, but I thought that they would not like me.”
It was Corey’s bravery that gave Eric, formerly Erica, the courage to begin his own transition from female to male.
“The first feeling was relief, the second was terror. Fear for what my future would hold, fear for how my family and children would, fear for what the rest of my life was going to look like.”
Despite struggling with a number of different feelings and emotions, Eric went ahead with his transition, and has since undergone a double mastectomy.
Eric also plans to stay with his husband, Les, who has been extremely supportive throughout the transition period.
In terms of regrets, and his new life, Eric says he simply regrets not coming to terms with his gender identity sooner:
“The only regret I have is not being educated sooner about what transgenderism was, so I could do it sooner.”
#transformationtuesday I can't believe how far I've come in less than 4 years. I used to hide behind a fake smile, but now all my smiles are genuine. It feels so good to be MYSELF and it feels even better to love myself! #thisiswhattranslookslike #transisbeautiful #transgender #transgirl #girlslikeus #coreymaison #loveyourself #beyourself #nevergiveup #journey