Dr. Levine is on track to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Statement from Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project:
“Dr. Rachel Levine is an exemplary public servant who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position of Assistant Secretary of Health. Dr. Levine has dedicated much of her career to improving mental health and advocating for LGBTQ youth, and her fearless leadership of Pennsylvania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has impressed the nation.”
“The Trevor Project congratulates Dr. Levine on this historic nomination and urges the U.S. Senate for a swift confirmation. It will make a world of difference to have a leader at HHS who intimately understands the unique mental health challenges that LGBTQ youth face, as well as the harmful impacts of anti-transgender discrimination in health care and human services.”
2020 legislative sessions have begun across the nation and Virginia is the first to take action on protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. A subcommittee of the Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee voted this morning to move SB 245, which prohibits licensed health care providers from subjecting minors to conversion therapy, to a full committee vote as soon as this Thursday. Casey Pick, The Trevor Project’s Senior Fellow for Advocacy and Government Affairs, was in Richmond this morning to testify before the subcommittee in favor of these vital protections. From her prepared remarks,…
Last night, Idaho became the first state in 2020 to pass an anti-transgender bill through both chambers of its state legislature. The bill, HB 500, would be the first in the nation to restrict transgender women and girls from playing on college and high school sports teams that correspond with their gender identity.