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Friend's Gender Issues

Is it common for people with gender issues to switch back and forth before finally settling on which gender to be? A male friend -- very buff, very masculine-looking -- started treatments, etc. for living life as a woman last winter. He dressed and went out as a woman, the whole thing. I was supportive and, of course, curious about the whole process. As soon as spring came, he reverted back to his very-manly aspect. This guy has a drop-dead body and takes really good care of himself. He made a big deal about dating a woman all summer long and posted innumerable pictures on FB of him in tank tops, etc. I caught up with him the other day (via message) and he told me he's starting treatments again to be a woman. My head is spinning. He is very, very intelligent, but I'm starting to think there is a serious issue lurking there and am trying to understand. Is this shuttling back and forth for a while a normal part of the gender re-assignment process? He's got a tough row to hoe, for sure: he works in an uber-masculine environment (waste management for a major city) and is not likely to change, since he has advanced steadily and is well liked. I can't imagine him showing up for work there dressed as a woman . . . Thanks for any good insight on this. I really like this guy, but I'm very confused right now.


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