GLAAD CONGRATULATES DR. RACHEL LEVINE ON HER CONFIRMATION AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH, THE NATION'S FIRST OUT TRANSGENDER SENATE-CONFIRMED NOMINEE

March 24, 2021

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to the historic confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary for Health. 

Dr. Levine is the first out transgender nominee confirmed by the Senate, and the highest-ranking transgender official in the U.S. government.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis responded on Twitter, and here:
“Dr. Rachel Levine’s confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Health is a testament to her experience and credentials as a medical professional, and to her unwavering commitment to public health and equality. As she has throughout her career, Dr. Levine will show the world that transgender people lead, serve and contribute - the kind of visibility and recognition that will save and inspire LGBTQ lives. In her historic role, Dr. Levine will open doors for health and for acceptance as she helps our country both heal, and grow. Congratulations, Dr. Levine.”

GLAAD’s tip sheet for journalists covering Dr. Levine is available here: https://www.glaad.org/blog/guide-journalists-historic-confirmation-hearing-dr-rachel-levine

According UCLA’s Williams Institute, about 1.4m Americans identify as transgender.

Dozens of states are considering bills denying medical care for trans children or banning them from participating in sports.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement last week calling the bills "dangerous" and supporting "comprehensive, gender-affirming, developmentally appropriate health care" for youth who identify as transgender and recommended playing on sports teams to benefit self-esteem and mental health.

Dr. Levine statement from January when she was nominated by President Biden:
“I am proud of the work we have done as an administration to address health equity, and the work I have done personally to raise awareness about LGBTQ equity issues. And I am extremely proud of the work we have done during the last year to save lives in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

 

About GLAAD:
GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. 

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