Not exactly. She was a man. Now she is genotypically male, but anatomically female.
I actually know a few people from my childhood and early adolescence that have become transgendered. One was someone I worked with who went M->F, which is wierd to me, because I remember when she was talking about going on dates and wondering whether she would “get lucky.” I don’t know if now - as a woman - she prefers to be with men or women.
The other was someone I went to high school with, and that person went F->M. That was actually a more interesting case, because I think that F->M TG is a rarer choice and I don’t think I’ve encountered that many of them, socially. I also kinda liked her when she was a her (in high school), so it’s strange to think of her as a him now.
One of the interesting things that my F->M friend said was how hormones change your perspective on things. He basically said that once you start dosing up on testosterone, virtually all F->M transsexuals go through at least 6 months where they are fantastically promiscuous, often crude, hit on anything, and become pretty insensitive a**holes. And these people were often big feminists before the operation and hormones. After a while, they calm down a bit, which I interpret as a sign that as guys, our desire to be jerks is hormonal, but our ability to control our impulses and be decent folk is essentially learned behavior. Few ordinary women give us any credit for this, preferring to brush off our protests of “we can’t help it” when we look at other women walking by as just BS excuses, but all the evidence from female-to-male transgender assignment suggests that once you start dosing up women with testosterone, they can’t help it either.
So this person is now male and has a woman partner. So she went from being a straight woman to a gay woman to a straight man. It definitely twists your mind around.
I’m glad I’ve never had any real gender identity issues. It sounds like really painful stuff to deal with.