Biden Announces He's Nominating the First Transgender Official to Ever Face Senate Confirmation
By Jack Davis
Published January 19, 2021 at 8:56am
President-elect Joe Biden has nominated a transgender individual who in the spring admonished a reporter not to misgender him to become assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services.
If the nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine, who is male but identifies as a woman, is approved, Levine would be the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to the Washington Examiner.
Levine is currently Pennsylvanias secretary of health.
In May, an incident took place in which Levine rebuked a reporter who addressed him as sir during a virtual news conference, PennLive reported.
Please dont misgender me, Levine told the reporter, adding that being called a male was really insulting.
That incident gained new publicity in August after Jenna Ellis, at the time an adviser to the campaign of President Donald Trump, referred to Levine as male.
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Ellis withstood demands to apologize.
The truth of biology shows that human beings are created immutably male and female. Yet in our post-truth society, the progressive leftists not only demand that we affirm patently false facts, but also demand we not offend people who insist on speaking their lies, otherwise we are called insensitive bigots and required to apologize, Ellis said at the time in a statement to NBC News.
I wont apologize.
Levine did not respond to Ellis, but did offer a comment in response to remarks he called transphobic.
Our children are watching they are watching what we do and they are watching how we act, Levine said. And to all LGBTQ young people: It is OK to be you, and it is OK to stand up for your rights and your freedoms.
Biden praised his own nomination as historic.
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 administrations health efforts.
Some suggested the nomination is more about identity politics than qualifications.
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