As I reported here last week, Eric and Corey Maison — a mother and son who transitioned to father and daughter — continue to make an impact on transgender kids. They were on 60 Minutes in Australia first, just yesterday on Good Morning, America and now People magazine is telling their story.
Corey says that after sharing, she started hearing from transgender kids and teens, some who were about to take their own lives until they read about the 15-year-old’s journey. The high school freshman from Detroit, told People,
“I got a lot of messages, a lot of people messaging me and thanking me, saying I used to want to kill myself, and because of you my parents know what transgender means and I can actually be myself.”
Corey understands the feeling because for years, she didn’t understand why she had such radical mood swings, but after watching a movie about a transgender woman in 2012, Corey realized that she, too, was transgender. She then came out to her parents.
In 2015, three years after coming out, Corey got hormone treatments. At the same time, Corey’s Mom, now Eric, was still living as Erica, and hiding the fact that the film also made HIM realize that he’s transgender. But once Corey had her hormone treatments, he felt comfortable coming out as well.
And their story is now having a big impact on transgender kids, something that Corey is thrilled to see.
“It made me really happy inside that I was helping someone not commit suicide and take their own life.”