Rachel Levine became the first overt transgender American to be confirmed in the Senate as Deputy Minister of Health.

Rachel Levine on February 25, 2021.

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rachel Levine, a transgender pediatrician, as deputy minister of health, the first “historic” to be praised by the White House.

Rachel Levine, 63, a professor at the University of Pediatrics and Psychology, was director of health in the state of Pennsylvania in January, particularly responsible for the fight against Govt-19. Joe Biden said when announcing his appointment in January, a position that would give him “important expertise to guide people through this epidemic”. But Republicans have criticized the handling of the health crisis in Pennsylvania.

Rachel Levine was finally confirmed to 48 by 52 votes in the Senate, with only two Republican senators accepting her candidacy, along with 50 members elected in the Democratic camp.

Decisive turning point

“The first obvious transgender American to be confirmed by the Senate was a turning point in American history,” Dr. Hill tweeted.

Associations to protect LGBT people (lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals, transgender people) praised this commitment. “This is a historic moment,” Kevin Jennings, legal director of the Lampta organization, responded, marking a turning point that “is important for transgender vision and integration.” She also said that Rachel Levine was “the highest official in our government who is openly transgender.”

His visit to the Biden administration marks a stark contrast to former President Donald Trump’s actions that are considered discriminatory against transgender people. In his presidential victory speech in November, Mr. Joe Biden was the first American president to thank transgender people.

AFP

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