Often, when a transgender individual decides to transition, they may find a lack of acceptance or understanding within their own family. And then sometimes, they find the exact opposite. Corey Maison came out as trans four years ago and made headlines when her then-mother Erica surprised the 14-year-old with her first dose of hormones.
Last year, inspired by Corey's journey, Erica announced that they would be transitioning and begin living as Eric. "When I was younger I used to wish for cancer so I would have to get a mastectomy," Eric told 60 Minutes Australia's Tara Brown. Eric says watching noted woke teen and trans icon Jazz Jennings helped him realize he wanted to transition.
"The first feeling was relief, the second was terror," he said. "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."
Luckily, Eric had someone to look to for guidance and support: his daughter. They were recently featured together in National Geographic's landmark "Gender Revolution" issue:
Having finally had a double mastectomy, Eric is very happy with his "five beautiful children," his "amazing husband and an amazing life," and only regrets not being educated about transgenderism sooner.
Through all these changes, Eric's "amazing" husband, and Corey's dad, Les has remained loyal and supportive, telling Brown he "fell in love with the person" and Eric is the same person he married. "And that's fine," Les said. "I don't really know what else to say. That's really all there is to it."