Joe Biden Selects Transgender Woman As Assistant Health Secretary




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Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Health Secretary has been named by U.S President-elect Joe Biden to be assistant secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This move is set to make her first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by U.S. Senate.

“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring steady leadership and essential expertise we to get people through this pandemic — matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a .

“She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”

Dr. Levine is a physician and of paediatrics and psychology at the Penn State College of Medicine. A graduate of Harvard and of Tulane Medical School, Levine is also the president of the of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Additionally, she is a speaker and author on several issues, including the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders and LGBTQ medicine, The Hill reported.

Joe Biden’s administration is set to become the most inclusive administration in U.S history, as as he has tapped LGBTQ appointees for several roles.

In November 2020, Karine Jean-Pierre, an lesbian and chief of staff for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, was announced as deputy press secretary, and Pili Tobar, an immigration advocate and former aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer, was named deputy White House communications . Tobar, a lesbian, also worked as a communications for the Biden campaign.

Also in November, Carlos Elizondo, who is gay and was Biden’s secretary when Biden was vice president, was named White House secretary.

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