A video posted earlier this week depicts the moment a mother surprises her transgender teen with her first dose of hormones. Erica Maison, from Michigan, said her 14-year-old daughter Corey had no idea that she was finally approved to start hormone therapy with an estrogen prescription. The video of the teen’s surprise and joy when she unknowingly opens her first box of medication has already garnered over one million views, and hundreds of supportive comments.
Along with the video, Erica said that Corey had been waiting for two-and-a-half years to start hormone therapy. Corey has been seeing a therapist who specializes in working with transgender children, and has been using a puberty-suppressing implant to start the process of her transition.
She had to wait for the approval of her therapist before she was finally allowed to take estrogen. It was a long wait, both for Corey and her family.
Erica spoke with Buzzfeed about the pivotal moment for her daughter. “We were both crying and shaking. She literally took my breath away, as she has never given me a hug like that before. I have never felt so much love form her than that moment,” said Erica. “It was a mixture of pure joy and relief from us both.”
Of why she shared the intimate family moment with the world, she said:
“I want people to see this, because maybe it will open their eyes. Open their eyes to anyone who’s different. Maybe make them realized that people who are transgender are people just like them, but also people that are at much higher risk for violence and ridicule, over something they had no choice in. I promise you that no child wants to be made fun of, no child ever wants to be hurt, or picked on. No child would ever choose to be transgender, it is 100% how they are born.”
She said that her daughter has always been feminine, but that it wasn’t until seeing YouTube star Jazz Jennings talk about being transgender that Corey finally realized that what she was experienced had a name.
Read more of Corey’s story here.