I have a very old friend and dare I say a bit frustrated at times with his life in the closet as a cross dresser on occasion. Then it is time to "chat" with me and try to pick an argument.
I use the "frustrated" word with him because he seems to delight in passing along stories of so called transsexuals who "went the distance" and completed SRS-only wanting to return as close as possible to their birth gender.
By trade he is a retired engineer and is the stereotypical "connect the dots" style thinker. Although he won't come out and actually say it to me, he believes very few sex changes are needed and/or work.
It's an interesting concept and one neither of us or perhaps anyone has a true statistical answer which would satisfy him.
Personally, I think it is inevitable some gender dysphoric people maybe aren't that at all and really don't get a strong enough dose of living in the girls sandbox to see what it is about.
Plus then there is that pesky age thing which haunts the genetics as well as us too. Being that "young pretty thing" is out. So I tell him not to go making "hero's" out of these people who want to go back to their birth gender. They just made a mistake, certainly a big one but in his engineering world does he toss out a whole project if one out of a hundred parts comes back as defective?
At the least, it's an interesting discussion and being an extremely "gray thinker", I am constantly taking him places he doesn't want to go. For example HRT - another of his pet peeves. Paraphrasing: Why would anyone embark on such a potentially dangerous path with no concrete results. At that point I have to jump in for him and connect his dots. Potentially undergoing hormone replacement therapy does have concrete results and has a positive affect on the very high number of suicide attempts in the transgender community.
I can never get him to admit he is talking about me and my decision to go down the HRT pathway. Or, is he a little frustrated he purged himself into the closet in the 80's never to see the light of day again.
Probably I will never know. I just hope he can finally connect some of his own dots and quit counting how much money he has around.
Speaking for me, I never want to go home again. If my medically monitored hormones take some time off my life, so be it. The alternative was worse.