Re: You have gotta be SWATting me.
It is correct to say that "some" of the effects of hormone blocking are not "totally" irreversible, but it depends on timing and age. It is also a balance. There are short men, just as there are tall women. Those kinds of things are not a complete deal breaker for someone's life.
Firstly, some of the numbers put out by the press are misleading. For example, the numbers of people transitioning. The legal method to change birth certificate had been in existence for more than a decade when I changed mine, and my certificate number was mid two hundreds. So you're looking at a shave over 20 people changing their birth certificate every year. We're not dealing with a massive rush here.
It is difficult to get treatment out of the Tavistock for a reason. Surgery is definitely irreversible.
The problem is one of the person melding into society and the harder this is, the more difficult it is to get employment...
For F->M people, hormones later in life will break the voice and trigger dormant hair follicles so they can grow a beard, etc.
For M->F no amount of hormones can un-break the voice, un-square the jaw and bone structure.... so it's a balance. Get it right while young and the person will blend into society and have a worthwhile life. Get it wrong, and they'll suffer a life of exclusion and ridicule.
Which is why a ban on hormone blockers for all, spells disaster for some for whom it is the right way to go.