Corey Maison is transgender who was born with male anatomy but now identifies as a female.
One Love, All Equal: Can you give us a bit of background about yourself?
Corey Maison: I am 15 years old, and a freshman in high school. I have 4 sisters and 2 cats. I love to ride my hover-board and I love everything girly from makeup and high heels to fashion. I hope to be a super model one day.
OLAE: People are often unsure what the correct form of address is; what name and/or pronouns do you prefer?
CM: She/her’s and Corey 🙂
OLAE: What does gender mean to you?
CM: To me gender just means a way to express yourself.
OLAE: When did you first realize that you were transgender?
CM: When I was 10 years old.
OLAE: How did your family and friends react to your transition?
CM: My family has been completely supportive. I lost some friends after I transitioned, they just couldn’t understand it.
OLAE: Is there a transgender celebrity that inspired you? If yes, how?
CM: Yes, Gigi Gorgeous. She inspires me to know that I can do anything I want to, and that being transgender doesn’t define who I am.
OLAE: We saw in one of your videos, that you met Laverne Cox? Can you share that experience with us?
CM: Meeting Laverne Cox was one of the best experiences of my life. When she shared her story at Oakland University I was crying. She has overcome so much and is such an amazing role model for trans girls.
OLAE: Have you encountered any stories of hope recently?
CM: Yes. I receive tons and tons of messages from other trans kids (and sometimes adults too) telling me that because I have shared my story publicly that it gave them the courage to come out to their friends and families and now they are able to live as their authentic selves. I sometimes receive messages from kids thanking me and saying because of me they are still alive after thinking about committing suicide. Because they see the bullying that I went through and that I overcame it, and they share that they have hope that they will be ok too.
OLAE: What, if anything, has being trans taught you?
CM: It has taught me that no matter what anyone thinks about you his or her opinion doesn’t matter. The only one who matters is you. It has also taught me to be strong and courageous, and to always believe in myself.
OLAE: What would your advice be to the youth that hasn´t yet come out as trans?
CM: My advice would be to find someone to talk to. Anyone. Someone you can trust, a teacher, friend, school counselor, maybe one of their friends parents if they are too scared their own parents might not accept them. Also, I want to tell every trans person out there you are a PERFECT human being and worth so much more than you know.
OLAE: Are there any additional words or message you would like to share with our readers?
CM: Yes. Trans is beautiful <3
OLAE: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to speak with us.
CM: Thank you. 🙂