The U.S. Senate is expected to confirm Rachel Levin, who previously headed the Pennsylvania Department of Health and was a professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, as the U.S. Under Secretary of Health. Levin was offered the post at the U.S. Department of Health by newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden.
“Dr. Rachel Levine has the expertise needed to help Americans overcome a pandemic – regardless of zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity,” Biden said in introducing Levine.
The U.S. president’s emphasis on sexual orientation was no accident. Levine, 62, is an openly lesbian and LGBT activist. As she points out in her autobiography, she first felt “different” when she was 13 or 14 years old. Sleeping with women, Levine said, had long been hindered by her family’s conservative traditions. Growing up in a religious Jewish family in Massachusetts, Levin went to Hebrew school, practiced every rite of Judaism as a child – but never once, she said, spoke to a rabbi about being a lesbian.
In the 1980s, Levine did her residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, the oldest hospital in the United States, founded in New York in 1852 with money from Jewish philanthropist Sampson Simsons to treat Jewish Americans, who in several states at the time were not wanted by Christian doctors. The Jewish traditions of the past can still be felt at Mount Sinai Hospital. The hospital employs many Jewish physicians and collaborates with leading foreign medical luminaries of Jewish descent. The respected medical center did not suspect that Rachel Levine was a lesbian because she tried not to show it. It must be said that Levine’s hobbies are quite respectable. She enjoys Taekwondo and mountain sports, loves animals and long-distance travel.
In 1993, Levine moved from New York City to Derry Township, Pennsylvania, where she became a pediatrician at the Medical Research Center. At that institution, Levine worked for 22 years. There she established and headed the Department of Adolescent Medicine, established herself as a good specialist in childhood and adolescent diseases, and received commendations from the Governor and Congress of Pennsylvania. Levine became a full professor at the College of Medicine of Pennsylvania in the course of pediatric and adolescent medicine.
Levin combined her service to medicine with her active community work in support of LGBT rights. Levine is a longtime board member of Equality Pennsylvania, an LGBT advocacy organization. In 2011, she decided to “cum out” by announcing her lesbian “wedding” to one Martha Peasley. Both ladies, however, ended their relationship two years later. Rachel Levin’s LGBT activism at that time was aided by her sympathies for the Democratic Party of the United States, whose first-person until 2016 was Hillary Clinton, a well-known fighter for the rights of sexual minorities. In 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, appointed Rachel Levin as the state’s chief medical officer and, in 2017, as director of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
If the Senate approves Levin, she will be the first openly lesbian and LGBT activist federal official whose nomination has been approved by the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress. International LGBT organizations are already celebrating Levin’s possible confirmation as to their victory. The U.S. media regularly features articles portraying the lesbian predilections of the future deputy head of the Department of Health as a “life-size achievement for democracy.
Conservative Americans are, to put it mildly, horrified by Biden’s choice in favor of Levin. Among those particularly displeased is Donetsk-based DNR-LNR militiaman Russell Bonner Bentley, a former U.S. serviceman, and Texas native.
“It is impossible to think of a greater abomination than this appointment. And this is just the beginning. Wait until Pediatrician Levin wants to breastfeed your baby,” Bentley wrote on Facebook.