Both Eric Maison and his 15-year-old son Corey know the genders they were assigned at birth don't match their gender identities. Four years ago, Corey told her parents that while she had been raised as a boy, she is, in fact, a girl. Last year, the person Corey had known as her mother told his family know that he would be transitioning too, using the name "Eric" rather than "Erica."
The Maison family, which hails from Detroit, recently shared their story on the Australian program 60 Minutes. On it, both Corey and Eric opened up about the mental torment they experienced before coming out. "I wanted to make my parents proud of who I am, but I thought that they would not like me,” Corey told 60 Minutes of her early childhood.
Eric revealed that he "hated being pregnant" and that when he was younger, he "used to wish for cancer so I would have to get a mastectomy." He says his daughter's example inspired his own coming-out, and that since undergoing a double mastectomy he is more comfortable in his body than he's ever been. Eric's husband Les, meanwhile, supports Eric completely: "I fell in love with the person," he told 60 Minutes. "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."
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.