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Biden Selects Transgender Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary


The following can be attributed to Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force:

“Dr. Levine is imminently qualified to serve as assistant secretary at Health and Human Services. Her work in Pennsylvania was exemplary and impactful to the health of all Pennsylvanians. When the National LGBTQ Task Force praised the nomination of Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary, we said it should the ’the first of many firsts,’ and this is exactly what we meant. The appointment of more diverse LGBTQ people at all level of the administration is imperative and that includes trans and non-binary people and people of color. We are thrilled that Dr. Levine has been nominated, especially at HHS, where the LGBTQ community has been under serious attack by the outgoing administration. She has served Pennsylvania well and when the Senate confirms her, she will serve the country well, attending to the health needs of all Americans.”

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice, and equity for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. For more information go to


Cathy Renna, Communications Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
[email protected], 917-757-6123