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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

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (July 6) – Shannon Anderson took full advantage of drawing the pole position, led the whole race and went onto take the $1,000 first place winnings in the JB Life IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock Special at the Kossuth County Speedway on Thursday, July 6.Anderson built a big lead after a pair of early caution flags before Chanse Hollatz slowly reeled in the Des Moines driver. But after the yellow flag again flew with three laps to go, Anderson regained control for his fifth feature win of the summer at the track.Cody Nielsen finished second in the race as Brandon Nielsen was third, Hollatz took fourth and Kyle Si­dles rounded out the top five as a total of 19 Hobby Stocks answered the call.“I got lucky and drew up front,” said Anderson.  “My hat is off to everybody who helps me with the car.  It was a high side track, smooth and fast and I was able to hold them off for the win.  This track is one of the best in the state.”“The first time I came up here, I fell in love with this place and I have been coming back ever since for the past three years. It is a long drive and I am wore out on Fridays but it is well worth it, especially when you win a special like tonight.”Josh Sidles went from 17th to sixth as the feature’s hard charger.Austin Wolf was the IMCA Modified winner and Jake Masters passed Kevin Opheim with four laps left in winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.Josh Meyer topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and Nate Coopman continued his domina­tion in the class with another Mach-1 Sport Compact victory.last_img read more

first_img Press Association Ben Foster could end his West Brom injury nightmare next month. But the England international is due to resume training next week – in a huge boost to his Euro 2016 hopes – and could be available by the end of November. “Ben is hopefully on the grass next week, that’s getting closer for us,” said Pulis, ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Leicester. “I don’t think people have mentioned it as often as they could have, in respect to missing such an influential player – and an influential player in the dressing room as well. “It’s been a little bit of a setback but the lads have coped very well with it.” Deputy Boaz Myhill has kept six clean sheets in 10 Barclays Premier League games this season to earn praise from Pulis and keep summer signing Anders Lindegaard on the bench. “He is a very sound lad, he knows the score and the game. It’s interesting to see how he has coped with it,” Pulis said. “Anders has been a good back up and that helps. The year before I was at Crystal Palace and we had (Julian) Speroni. We bought (Wayne) Hennessey in and Speroni went up another level. “Bo has done exceptionally well. One person doesn’t keep clean sheets, it’s got to be the whole team. “That’s very important people recognise it. It’s not the centre-backs, it’s everyone together as one unit. It’s a tough season.” center_img The goalkeeper is set to resume training as he continues his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury. Foster has been out since March and was expected back this month but suffered a setback which boss Tony Pulis thought would keep him out until Christmas. last_img read more

first_imgTwo former executives of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the chief executive of a rave promotion company were arrested Thursday. Though the charges were not immediately disclosed, attorneys said they believed the criminal counts are for conspiracy regarding the stadium’s operation, according to the Associated Press.Financial ruin · The university is in talks with the nearly bankrupt Coliseum Commission to negotiate a 50-year master lease. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanAuthorities arrested Patrick Lynch, former Coliseum general manager; Todd DeStefano, former Coliseum events manager; and Reza Gerami, chief executive of Go Ventures, Thursday morning.The Chief of Staff for City Councilman Bernard C. Parks said the councilman, a member of the Coliseum commission, was not surprised by the arrests.“It’s unfortunate,” Chief of Staff Bernard C. Parks Jr. said. “But it’s pretty predictable, having followed this now for a year and knowing the different law enforcement agencies that were involved. He knew this day was coming.”The venue’s financial activity has been the subject of scandal for more than a year. In November, the Coliseum Commission sued Lynch and DeStefano, alleging that they had mishandled funds and siphoned money for personal gain. The suit also named rave promoters Go Ventures and Insomniac Events.Parks Jr. said there is no connection between the charges filed and USC’s negotiations with the Coliseum Commission for a master lease.“I know there have been some people trying to draw a parallel line between these two events, but it’s really apples and oranges,” Parks Jr. said. “I don’t think you can hand over a public facility for free based on the negligence of a couple employees at the Coliseum. One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other.”In addition to Thursday’s arrests, a lawyer for Insomniac Events, which has worked with the Coliseum, said the company expects its chief executive to be arrested as well, but is confident that the charges levied against him are invalid, according to the Los Angeles Times.Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, whose office is currently investigating and auditing the operation’s finances, said the arrests signify the need for reform.“We must demand zero tolerance when it comes to allegations of public corruption, wasteful spending, fraudulent activity and abuse of city resources,” Greuel said in a statement. “[Thursday’s] arrests are indicative of the need for bold changes at the Coliseum.”last_img read more