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first_imgFrom Andy Reed, president and CEO of Texas People Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth comes a story that warms all of our hearts and reminds us why credit unions are so needed and valued in our communities. First, never forget, it’s about the people. Reed, in a stirring Facebook post, brings us a story about a special person named Harry, one of Texas People FCU’s members.“I want to tell you a story about Harry and my extraordinary team at my new credit union,” Reed says. “Recently, Harry stopped coming in for his daily cup of coffee. Concerned, the staff checked in on him and found him overwhelmed by life.”As background information, Harry lives in a small one-bedroom apartment, survives on $300 a month after he pays his rent, and had a $250 electric bill to pay. “As you can imagine, this is just not economically feasible,” Reed says. “My very generous team selflessly circled the wagons and split his electric bill to keep his lights on last Friday. I was so proud of their generosity and kindness. They’re such an amazing group of people and I’m so glad to have every one of them on my staff.”Reed goes on to explain, “In trying to help Harry, I learned enough to disturb me. He was nine years old when his mom left him on the side of the road and told him, ‘You’re the biggest mistake I ever made.’ His life has been filled with all of the things most of us fear—hunger to the point of near starvation, homelessness, mental illness, and an existence with no family or real friends. About a decade ago Harry was able to get off the streets and into an apartment. Of course, he has many emotional and physical ailments which are no doubt the scars of a past he didn’t choose for himself. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgStuff co.nz 28 March 2015Two weeks ago, Jess Taylor’s future parents-in-law got a letter.The 22-year-old left it on the kitchen table of their Invercargill home before going to work.In the letter, Taylor requested to be referred to as a “he” from now on. His new name would be Nathaniel.The letter took an hour to write but “forever” to compose, Taylor says.“It’s such a huge thing to have to tell people – ‘Hey, this is the person you thought you knew’ – I’m still that exact same person, I just might not look that way.”Taylor recalls coming to breakfast the next morning and hearing a voice call out: “Morning, Nate.”“That was the best feeling in the world.”As a child growing up in Sydney, the young Jessica Taylor would pray to God to wake up a male.“I grew up and I thought, ‘No, I can’t do this’,” Taylor says.”So I pretended to be someone else.”About two months ago, Taylor decided he could no longer lie to himself or those in his life.It is a situation the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) is ill-equipped to deal with.Taylor asked his GP to refer him to a psychiatrist for a gender dysphoria assessment, which is required for an endocrinologist to prescribe hormone therapy.The SDHB sent a letter saying it could not help him.Instead, Taylor will see a psychiatrist in Christchurch.Lynda Whitehead, president of trans support agency Agender, says the lack of services available to trans people is not news to her, but it was impossible to say how many people were affected.She says any psychiatrist could talk to someone with dysphoria.“Generally speaking, while they may not be an expert in gender dysphoria, they’re all aware of it. There’s bound to be someone in Invercargill.”Taylor’s endocrinology consultations and prescriptions would be likely subsided but his psychiatric assessment and mastectomy would not.The Ministry of Health offers funding for gender reassignment surgery but for Taylor, such surgery would be years away.For now, an online fundraiser has enough money for him to legally change his name.He plans to hang the certificate on the wall.“There are going to be days where I look down at my body and go, ‘This doesn’t look right’,” Taylor says. “But then I can look up at the wall and go, ‘That’s right. I’m Nathaniel’.”The SDHB did not respond to requests for comment.http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/67534833/The-cost-of-coming-out-as-transgenderlast_img read more