It’s been an emotional month in the continuing trans conversation.
There was Jeffrey Tambor winning an Emmy for his work on Transparent and dedicating it to the trans community, as well as creator Jill Soloway’s call to arms. There was Caitlyn Jenner’s celebration of legally changing her name and gender -- not to mention, the chance to, so publicly, hear stories of the many women she met on I Am Cait.
Now, as with many supportive parents of trans kids in the past, comes Erica Maison, a Detroit mother, and this touching video, in which she surprises her 14-year-old trans daughter, Corey, with her first hormones after two years of waiting.
Erica explains, “Today after waiting 2 1/2 years she FINALLY got her estrogen. I picked it up while she was in school so she had no idea.”
“We have been waiting months for the readiness letter to be finalized and sent to Chicago,” she continues of the medical team that has been working with Corey and determined that she was finally ready to start hormones. “[We] had no idea on a timeline of when it would actually happen.”
Then the big reveal. “Sorry I had to stop recording because we were both blubbering sobbing fools LOL,” Erica says. “September 24th is a day I will remember for the rest of my life!”
It’s safe to say she knows what it is.
Afterwards, Erica told Buzzfeed News, “She literally took my breath away, as she has never given me a hug like that before. I have never felt so much love from her than that moment. It was a mixture of pure joy and relief from us both...This was it, this was the most pivotal turning point in her life, and we both knew it."
The video has generated only positive support on Erica's Facebook:
As for Corey, she posted on Instagram, “Thank you all SO MUCH for the support. Holy cow you all are incredible people with such amazing uplifting energy and kind words!!”
Now, listen to the personal stories that transgender women shared with ET’s special correspondent, Janet Mock: