All of that happened a while back and in a totalitarian country. The steroids might have been different, stronger and in higher doses.
I scratched my head too.
I wonder if he might not have been transgender anyway and just not have known it. People are strongly attached to their gender, so I found it odd that his reasoning seemed to be "oh well, I wasn't planning on it, but since I'm most of the way there anyway, I might as well be a man".
I have an old m->f friend who impressed on me that sexual identity can often be distinct from sexual orientation as well. Testosterone drives sexual desire for both of the sexes and is used as therapy for low sex drive straight women. Pumping up T levels doesn't seem to be able to change a person's sexual orientation. Who knows, maybe past a certain level up or down it may allow something hidden to come out.
Yup. Sexual orientation would refer to who (gender-wise) you are attracted to. Sexual identity refers to the self's view of one's own gender/sex. Very distinct.
Now, I have heard people say that "T has made me gay" (one FTM friend even suggested that it made him vegetarian but somehow I doubt that one
). I think it may heighten our awareness or sensitivity to certain pheromones. Additionally, I think the modern transitioning process also opens ups even more gender possibilities and the reality that the simple binary doesn't have to apply. Sometimes it's the fact that there is so much variety that it opens things up.
Lastly, in the case of Andreas, I wonder if his wife is/was lesbian/queer. Someone from a queer background may be far more accepting at having a trans-guy for a husband than someone who is straight. Many of the FTMs I know of seem to date other FTMs (shared experience).
As for the hormones in question, I did a search. These ones are the ones banned from the US and from further reading it appears that the dosages were very high. I think the side effects, many of which are irreversible (e.g., facial hair, deeping of voice, etc.), may have convinced Andreas that he is a guy and he may have found that he wasn't accepted as a woman because of mainstream's ideals as to what a woman is and isn't.