Biden Administration Nominates Trans Woman in Historic First for Federal Role
One day before the inauguration, it was announced the Biden administration nominated Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first openly transgendered federal official.
Before her nomination as assistant secretary for HHS, Dr. Levine, who is a pediatrician and formerly Pennsylvania’s physician general, served as Pennsylvania’s health secretary where she led the state’s response to COVID-19.
In a statement, Vice President Harris called Dr. Levine a “remarkable public servant,” and continued saying she and President Biden “look forward to working with her to meet the unprecedented challenges facing Americans and rebuild our country in a way that lifts everyone up.”
President Biden referred to Dr. Levine as a “historic and deeply qualified choice” to help lead the administration’s health efforts. “Dr. Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” said the President in a statement.
The Realist Woman’s take:
This nomination was announced a day before President Biden was inaugurated and I was stunned by the stark difference between how the trans community is included in this administration versus how they were excluded and unprotected in the last one. Not even a week since the inauguration, this administration has shown support for this community by reinstating protections for the LGBTQ+ community.
Dr. Levine is more than qualified for this position and it’s nice to see qualified people in consideration for positions of power and influence. That’s another stark difference so far between this administration and the last. Dr. Levine will most likely be confirmed and will make history as the first trans federal official to be confirmed by the Senate. I hope others are inspired by her because there’s no dream a trans person can’t achieve.