DETROIT, Mich. — A mother and son from Michigan are going public regarding their quest to “transition” into father and daughter.
Erica Maison and her 15-year-old son Corey recently appeared on Australia’s “60 Minutes” to talk about the matter. The younger Maison said that he came to his parents four years ago and disclosed that he felt like a girl rather than a boy.
“They were very supportive,” Maison advised. “They would always make sure that I was happy, [and] make sure that I was safe too.”
A 2015 YouTube video, which to date has over seven million views, shows Maison being gifted with a box of female hormones, which his mother hid under the sofa pillow.
But Erica Maison, a mother of five, soon also came out to her husband, stating that she really felt like a man.
“When I was younger I used to wish for cancer so I would have to get a mastectomy,” she told “60 Minutes,” adding that she “hated” being pregnant and disliked her long hair.
Maison recently decided to have her breasts removed and changed her name to Eric.
However, she admitted that she was concerned about how her husband would receive her, since he had married her as a woman.
“[H]ow do you ask a completely heterosexual man to still love you if you’re becoming a man? That’s not fair,” Maison said.
However, Les Maison told reporters that he isn’t phased by his wife’s endeavor.
“I fell in love with the person. She was beautiful as a woman, but equally beautiful on the inside,” he stated. “As long as Eric is happy with the appearance, Eric will be happy with what’s in her brain—or his brain.”
“How society views me and my relationship—I don’t care, they don’t live in my house. Us and our children are the only ones who matter,” Maison stated.
Erica Maison also remarked that her only regret is that she didn’t do it sooner.
However, not everyone believes that the answer to gender dysphoria is allowing the person to change their physical appearance. Walt Heyer lived as Laura Jensen for eight years and even had a job with the U.S. government while living as a transgender, but says that having a physical operation did nothing to resolve the mental and emotional struggles that he faced.
One day while studying psychology at the University of California, Heyer had an epiphany: He wasn’t a transgender. He was a man with a psychological problem that trying to live as a woman wasn’t going to fix. Heyer also learned that his answer wasn’t within himself; it was in Christ.
So, eight years after obtaining the operation, Heyer reverted back to living as a man, and now says he doesn’t believe that people are born transgender.
“Gender dysphoria is a psychological condition where you are dissatisfied with your gender,” he told the Daily Mail in 2015. “Nobody’s ever born a transgender. They’re manufactured as a result of something, a developmental childhood issue that has yet to be determined for many people. In retrospect, I can see that changing genders, quite frankly is just pure foolishness.”
Heyer says that those who struggle with the condition are not receiving proper care, and many medical professionals are too quick to agree to surgery.
“All of them have some level of depression, and we’re not treating them,” he lamented. “We’re just cutting off body parts and giving them a new name and a new gender. … [But] biologically, no one can transport to the other gender. It’s not even possible.”
The now 76-year-old man runs a website to compassionately help others who struggle with gender identity or are expressing regret over having a sex change operation.
“God designed man; He designed women,” he said in a video recorded in 2014. “God will redeem the lives of people who struggle with gender identity issues just like I did. He redeemed my life, and I’ve been free from it as a result of that.”