From the Washington Post news section:
Biden pick for assistant secretary of health responds to multiple instances’ of transphobia
President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health, Rachel Levine, discussed on July 28, 2020 the transphobia and harassment targeted at her.
By Samantha Schmidt, John Wagner and Teo Armus
Jan. 19, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will nominate Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s top health official, as his assistant secretary of health. Levine, a pediatrician, would become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. …
As Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, Levine has risen to national prominence for leading the state’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic, despite repeated and ugly attacks on her gender identity.
Ugly attacks … The attacks were ugly, I tell you. In contrast, Dr. Levine is beautiful, a picture of peak physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Some people even were so hateful as to see humor in Dr. Levine being in charge of health:
But after Levine received a promotion to become Pennsylvania’s health secretary, the coronavirus pandemic raised her profile across the state and the country. As she sought to contain the virus with aggressive social distancing rules, it also made her the target of more frequent abuse.
One attack in particular made headlines and earned a scathing rebuke from the governor: a photo of a man sitting in a carnival dunk tank wearing a floral print dress and a long blond wig. The man said he was going for a Marilyn Monroe look, but organizers of the carnival fundraiser in Bloomsburg, Pa., said he resembled Levine.
“Dr. Levine? Thank you. You were a hit and raised a lot of money for the local fire companies. Wonder why so many were trying to dunk you?” the Bloomsburg Fair Association wrote in July on Facebook, adding a smiling emoji, before deleting the post.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought hate and transphobia into the spotlight through relentless comments and slurs directed at Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who is a highly skilled, valued, and capable member of my administration and Transgender,” Wolf wrote in a statement at the time. “The derogatory incident involving the Bloomsburg Fair is the latest of these vile acts, which by extension impact Transgender people across the commonwealth and nation.”
There is no place in Joe Biden’s America for humor.
… Biden also named to his transition team Shawn Skelly, a former special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, and coordinator of the Defense Department Warfighter Senior Integration Group. Skelly was the first transgender veteran to be appointed by a U.S. president.
Ms. Shelly always knew she was a girl on the inside. That’s why she pursued a successful career as a former special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, and coordinator of the Defense Department Warfighter Senior Integration Group. What little girl doesn’t dream of someday coordinating the Defense Department Warfighter Senior Integration Group?
Seriously, one interesting aspect of Dr. Rachel Levine’s career, back when Richard Levine had a wife and fathered two kids, is Levine’s founding of the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program. Anorexia has a number of parallels to transgenderism. Did being around a bunch of supercilious upper middle class teenage girls intent on becoming beautiful by starving themselves to death drive Levine crazy?
We talk about social contagion … But, who knows, maybe there is an actual transmissible germ that drives you nuts when you look in the mirror, and it just manifests itself in different delusions?