Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine on Thursday criticized efforts to prevent transgender youth from accessing health care.
“Unfortunately, some have fought to prevent transgender youth from accessing the health care that they need,” she said in a speech she delivered at the opening of the Victory Fund’s 2021 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference that took place in-person at the JW Marriott in downtown D.C. “This is politics and this politics has no place in health care and public health and they defy the established standards of care written by medical experts.”
Levine was Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary until President Biden nominated her to become assistant secretary of health.
She became the first openly trans person confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March. Levine in October became a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.
The conference will take place in-person and virtually through Sunday.