Since Bruce Jenner's revelation that he was actually a she named Caitlyn, the American media has seemingly become fascinated with what it means to be "transgender". While Caitlyn definitely is not the first trans person in recorded history, she definitely provided a sense of visibility and a public voice to hundreds of thousands of people that previously didn't know how to express who they were aloud.
Now, a trans-father and trans-son, are using their own voices to speak out about their unique stories.
Eric Maison and his daughter, Corey (formerly mother and son) were watching a documentary about the plight of transgender people when they both, simultaneously, realized that their personal identities and genders did not correspond with their birth sex. WOOH.
Eric, 39, told PEOPLE magazine, "That's when we both learned what it meant to be transgender, and realized that that explained both of us exactly."
Corey described her own transitioning process as relieving. The 15 year old states, "I was always sad and angry all the time, and I didn't know what to do about it . . . I lost a lot of friends in the process, but the ones that actually did care stayed."
Eric came out as Trans 3 years after his daughter. He says he waited for his transition because he wanted to support his daughter through hers.
Eric continued, "I knew that something was off, but I didn't know what that was. I knew that I hated my body, I was very ashamed of it, but I didn't know, cognitively, why," the father added. "Honestly, I just thought it was me. I thought there was something wrong with my brain."
After homeschooling his daughter for several years during her transition, Eric Maison says the school administration welcomed her when she rejoined school in Detroit. The school extended access to Corey Maison to use the girls restroom and locker room, an action for which her father praises former President Barack Obama's federal guidelines surrounding transgender rights in schools -- rights that have since been removed by President Trump.
Eric told her husband of her true gender identity in 2015.
"He took a minute to think and process that and he said, 'I love you, and no matter what we'll make this work,'" he said.
The couple now says their family feels, "complete."