>>9670912>the only effective treatment is HRT
"Effective treatment" isn't just pushing it, it's wrong, firstly, there is only one solid piece of long-term research on transgender people (320 people over 30 years) and it's results are certainly unfavorable to transitioning, both hormones and SRS.
So to claim that HRT is an effective treatment is already wrong, but to claim it's the only effective treatment is probably even worse (and this is with no moral judgement of your character): Psychiatrist Paul McHugh gave an interview for the WSJ ("Transgender Surgery isnt the Solution") where he explained notably that when isolated from the internet, 70-80% of transgender youth* consistently stopped feeling like they were trans, this figure was comparable in adults, which should be alarming.
So do people who feel transgender feel good when they start taking HRT? Yes, most certainly. But these people are almost certainly going to break a few years down the line, and I find it repulsive to suggest a treatment that only works for a few years, in some of the cases.
My little schizo theory is that trans people are people who for one reason or the other didn't want to live, but they didn't want to kill themselves either, so they kill their old self and their brain tells them that being in the wrong body was the problem all along, but of course a few years after the epiphany, you realize that covering your old demons in a coat of pink and blue paint didn't make them disappear, and that breaks you. It's rather obvious in expressions such as "dead-naming", for me.
But I will say again, I feel those people need help and I wish them no harm, but I think it's irresponsible to hail hormones/SRS as the end all be all.
(I'm aware you didn't say that, but it's what many people do)