Assistant Secretary for Health, and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine is making history again.
Levine is being sworn in as a four-star admiral, making her the first transgender four-star officer in all eight of the uniformed services. Admiral Levine will also be the first female four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
Levine’s historic nomination to be Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was quickly followed with the distinction of being the first transgender federal official to be confirmed. The vote to confirm her nomination was bipartisan.
There are only 44 other four-star active-duty officers in all of the uniformed services.
In an interview with LGBTQ Nation, Levine stressed that her appointment “symbolizes progress.”
“We have a unique opportunity with President Biden and Vice President Harris for equity, fairness, and inclusiveness for all aspects of life but especially for the LGBTQ community, I have always been proud to advocate for the LGBTQ community and serve as a role model that everything is possible and there are no limitations. I hope this really inspires LGBTQ youth.”
“What’s critically important is the strong support of the administration for equity and diversity for LGBTQ individuals. We have a president who sees us and advocates on our behalf.”