When a child comes out as transgender to their parents, there can be a lot of uncertainty about their reaction.
But when fifteen-year-old Corey Maison was eleven and came out to her family as transgender and began socially transitioning to female, she probably had no idea how much her decision would positively impact her family.
@Regrann from National Geographic photographer @ljohnphoto – – #regrann Proud to contribute to National Geographic Magazine's Special Issue on GENDER. Please meet some of the children and parents who also contributed though their faces may not be on the page they were ALL vital in advancing my understanding of the power and courage it takes to be One's TRUE SELF. Photos by @ljohnphoto taken at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. @natgeo @thephotosociety
In an interview with Australia’s 60 Minutes, the teen said she was initially scared to tell her family.
“I wanted to make my parents proud of who I am, but I thought that they would not like me,” she said.
Not only were they supportive, but three years later the teen’s mother, inspired by her daughter’s transition, told the family that he is transgender and would be transitioning from Erica to Eric.
Eric told that he “hated being pregnant” and that he “used to wish for cancer so I would have to get a mastectomy.”
But his daughter’s transition inspired him to come to terms with who he is, and that since undergoing a double mastectomy, he is more comfortable in his body than he’s ever been.
@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
What does Eric’s husband think about everything?
“I fell in love with the person,” he told .“She was beautiful as a woman, but equally beautiful on the inside. As long as Eric is happy with the appearance, Eric will be happy with what’s in her brain — or his brain.”
“I have five beautiful children, I have an amazing husband and an amazing life,” Eric added. “My life’s pretty good now. It’s awesome.”