“We are thrilled and proud that the U.S. Senate, in a bipartisan vote of 52 to 48, made history today by confirming Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. Her qualifications as a physician and Surgeon General of Pennsylvania and her experience dealing with the public health issues affecting our country today made her an incredibly qualified candidate for this position. Our country will be in good hands as we face unprecedented health challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic to the epidemic of opioid addiction and the longstanding HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Levine is the first openly transgender person appointed to a Senate-confirmed position within any administration; her confirmation makes her the highest-ranking transgender public official to ever serve in the U.S. government. We are grateful to President Biden for nominating Dr. Levine, and we feel certain she will serve with honor and integrity. The Biden-Harris Administration is deeply committed to the inclusion of LGBTQ Americans in their administration at all levels.

Dr. Levine’s confirmation by the Senate today sends a strong message, especially to the LGBTQ people of this country: please step forward to serve—your nation needs you and your expertise.”

Liz Seaton, Policy Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

Cathy Renna, Communications Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
crenna@thetaskforce.org, 917-757-6123

The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is at the forefront of advancing the rights of all LGBTQ individuals and communities in America. Our mission is to conduct grassroots organizing and lobbying on legislation and ballot initiatives to achieve justice for LGBTQ people.

The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund builds political power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and their families.

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