Pa. Health Secretary stands up to transphobia and harassment

Written by on July 29, 2020

Pa. Health Secretary stands up to transphobia and harassment 

Pennsylvania’s top health official is taking a personal stand against transphobia after weeks of headlines detailing bigoted incidents involving her across the state.

State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman who’s been at the helm of Pennsylvania’s response to COVID-19, has largley deflected incidents of transphobia directed at her.

But recent events – including a man dressed as the secretary in a dunk tank at a Bloomsburg carnival, and a derogatory menu item named after Levine at a restaurant in Tioga County – changed that.

Levine called on all Pennsylvanians to take a stand against transphobia and promote acceptance.

As for the personal impact, Levine says she has, quote, “no room in her heart for hate,” and will continue working to help all Pennsylvanians.

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