Stories tagged: "transphobia"


Rachel Levine, nominated to be an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)
US Sen. Rand Paul Criticized for Transphobic Question of Dr. Rachel Levine

Pennsylvania’s former Secretary of Health could be the first Senate-confirmed transgender official in the nation’s history.

In this May 29, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa.  As a transgender woman, Levine has been subject to an endless stream of mockery and abuse on social media and elsewhere. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)
Pennsylvania’s Top Health Official Is Battling ‘Vile’ and ‘Toxic’ Transphobia

Dr. Rachel Levine, a pediatrician who became state health secretary in 2017, is one of the few transgender people nationwide serving in either elective office or as a high-ranking government appointee.