As President-elect Biden picks his cabinet members you might remember that when he was Vice President, Obama had a number trans people in places of importance, well Biden is following in his footsteps.
Biden Picks Pa.'s Dr. Levine to Be Assistant Health Secretary, Would Make History If ConfirmedAll I can say is WOW!
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- President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.
- Levine is a pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general and was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017.
- Levine is one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide and has emerged as the public face of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Will Weissert
January 19, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide. She won past confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Dr. Rachel 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," Biden said in a statement. "She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”
What I was planning on writing about this morning was about a Canadian town that stood up in support a trans student who was receiving bullying…
Vehicle parade in Mission draws strong support for transgender student attacked and beaten by peersIt is nice and encouraging to see support like this, especially in today’s climate.
Police are recommending charges against two teen girls from École Heritage Park Middle School
January 17, 2021
Hundreds of vehicles festooned with pink balloons, rainbow signs and anti-bullying messages drove slowly through a riverfront area of Mission B.C. on Sunday to offer support to a teen who was beaten by two other students at their school on Monday.
AJ Gopinath, one of the organizers of the rally, said when details of the violence emerged, he knew he had to do something in response.
"For us, just standing by and watching someone get assaulted in a manner that is not accepted by the community and, as a person, I couldn't step back and allow it to happen," he said from the rally on Sunday while wearing a pink T-shirt with the message, 'Say no to bullying' on it.
On Monday a video was posted on social media that showed the victim, who rally organizers describe as a non-binary transgender teen, being punched and kicked by two girls on school grounds of École Heritage Park Middle School.
The two attackers were arrested and police are recommending charges against them including assault and uttering threats.
I published this early because I getting my COVID-19 vaccination this morning and my arm might be too sore and if I don’t feel to bad after the shot then I will head in to the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective to help out there with the quarterly survey.