Whenever a child is brought into this world, the doctor holds the baby up and shouts, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!”
Someone’s sex is based on biology, meaning a series of chromosomes, anatomical parts, and hormones are assigned to an individual upon birth. But a person’s gender identity is a totally different thing. The inner sense of being male, female, both, or neither doesn’t need to match a person’s biology.
Transgenders are a perfect example of this. A transgender person has a gender identity that is different from their assigned sex. A majority of them undergo medical procedures to transition from one sex to another. According to the Williams Institute, there are as many as 700,000 recorded transgender people living freely in the United States. Each of their stories is unique and inspiring, just like the one you are about to read today about the journey of the world’s first transgender dad and daughter.
World’s First Transgender Dad and Daughter Share Their Inspiring Story
When Corey Maison was 11 years old, she knew she wanted to be a girl. But like many individuals, she was afraid of how her parents would react. Fortunately, she was met with acceptance and love, particularly from her mom, Erica.
Corey, who was born a boy, was finally able to wear female clothes outside. She started to transition to the girl she always felt she’d been. One day, Erica surprised Corey with her first box of estrogen to mark the beginning of her new life.
Little did the beautiful family know, their lives were about to change again four years later when Erica fulfilled the lifelong desire to transition from female to male. Now goes by the name Eric, the loving parent told ABC News that it was Corey’s courage that finally pushed him to do it.
Eric began his transition in 2015. So far, he has undergone testosterone therapy and a double mastectomy. Other than the physical changes, Eric had to sit through difficult conversations with his own family and learn to come to terms with his own psychological development.
Today, Eric is stronger and happier than ever. After all, he has Corey and the rest of his children who have all been very supportive. Corey and Eric’s incredible story was shared by National Geographic’s Gender Revolution, a documentary film hosted by Katie Couric.
This is Corey and Eric Maison, a family that transitioned from mother and son to father and daughter.
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Erica Maison, a mother-of-five, has always felt a strong sense of disassociation with her body for a long time. Despite the love she has for her children, Erica admitted that she hated pregnancy a lot.
Erica, who now goes by the name Eric, has always been so supportive of his son Corey. Corey was born male but transitioned to female four years before her father did. Corey underwent a lot of physical, mental, and emotional changes. But despite the hardships, she displayed incredible resilience.
At age 11, Corey began her journey to become the girl she has always felt she was. There was no one more supportive on her journey than her parent.
This is what Corey looks like today. Gorgeous!
Eric officially became male in 2016 and was accepted by his family and friends.
“The first feeling was relief, the second was terror,” Eric said in an interview with 60 Minutes Australia. “Fear for what my future would hold . . . fear for what the rest of my life was going to look like.”
Despite his initial fears, Eric’s new life was met with love and acceptance. Even Eric’s husband, Les Maison, had been supportive throughout. He stresses that he’s fallen in love with a person and looks past their gender or appearance. He looks forward to being married to Eric for the remainder of their lives.
There is a saying that goes, “You can only discover who you are after you stop being who you aren’t.” Thanks to beautiful stories like this, we can view transgenders for who they are: people.