Human Rights Campaign on the Historic Nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine to be Assistant Health Secretary

by HRC Staff

Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary

Human Rights Campaign responded to the announcement of the historic nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Levine will become the first openly transgender, Senate-confirmed federal official.

With the reported historic nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have continued to keep their promise to create an administration that reflects the diversity and life experiences of America.

Dr. Rachel Levine, a highly experienced and qualified public health leader, has led Pennsylvania’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic superbly. At a time when access to health care is a growing crisis for transgender people made worse by anti-LGBTQ legislation and legislators across the nation, Dr. Levine has the empathy to understand the health needs of our diverse country and the skillset to improve them.

At a time when COVID-19 still rages, we strongly urge speedy confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine’s nomination by the United States Senate to aid the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to contain this pandemic and rebuild our nation better, stronger and more equal than before.

Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign

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