WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, Dr. Rachel Levine became the first openly transgender, Senate-confirmed federal official to serve as assistant secretary of health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The following statement is from Scott McCoy, interim deputy legal director with SPLC Action Fund:
“We celebrate Dr. Rachel Levine’s historic confirmation as the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed assistant secretary of health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The expertise and knowledge she brings regarding children’s health, the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, and more will help tackle the health disparities underserved communities and communities of color face.
“More importantly, the LGBTQ+ community will finally gain access to a true medical professional in Dr. Levine who not only identifies with their specific medical needs and concerns, but is also a proven leader and role model who they can aspire to be.
“We applaud the Biden administration for appointing Dr. Levine as well as the United States Senate for seeing and appreciating the dignity and value of transgender Americans.”