Detroit dad and daughter share their transgender journeys

A mother and son from Detroit are becoming father and daughter - and they are sharing their transitions with the world.

Corey Maison, now 15, was born as a boy and battled gender identity from a very young age. She revealed to her family several years ago that she identified as a girl.

Her mother, Erica Maison, had been supportive from the start; in fact, a video of Erica giving Corey her first dose of hormones as a surprise went viral in September 2015.

What we didn't know at the time was that Erica Maison was also battling gender identity, decided to make the transition and now identifies as Eric Maison. Corey has documented their journey through her Instagram account and the pair sat down with "60 Minutes" in Australia for an interview.

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“I wanted to make my parents proud of who I am, but I thought that they would not like me,” Corey told Tara Brown on 60 Minutes of her early childhood years.

Meanwhile, Eric said he always dreamed of living his life as a man and Corey’s brave decision to begin her transition inspired Eric to do the same.

Eric told 60 Minutes of the agony he felt as he wrestled with his gender identity.

“When I was younger I used to wish for cancer so I would have to get a mastectomy,” he told Brown, adding he “hated being pregnant”.

It was after watching a documentary on prominent transgender girl Jazz Jennings that Eric realised 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.”

Last year, Corey Maison teamed up with pop duo High Dive Heart on the #IAmAMisfit social campaign to raise awareness on the impact of bullying.

"I can't believe how far I've come in less than 4 years," Corey wrote in an Instagram post last year. "I used to hide behind a fake smile, but now all my smiles are genuine. It feels so good to be MYSELF and it feels even better to love myself!"

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