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Trans appointee makes history in Pa.

The Victory Fund and Institute today congratulated Dr. Rachel Levine on her confirmation as Pennsylvania’s Physician General. On Tuesday, the unanimous state senate confirmation vote made Dr. Levine the first transgender person in Pennsylvania appointed to a Governor’s cabinet, as well as one of the highest-ranking transgender public officials in the U.S.
“Dr. Levine’s career of service in the field of medicine has been exemplary, and we are proud that she has accomplished all this as an out transgender woman,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, president and CEO of the Victory Fund & Institute. “The entire Victory family offers our congratulations as she takes on this important new role.”
Dr. Levine has been recognized statewide for her excellence in the fields of pediatrics and psychology. She has worked as a physician at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 1996, where she serves as the liaison for LGBTQ Affairs for the Penn State Hershey Office of Diversity.
“I think [being trans] has helped me in terms of the LGBTQ community in terms of understanding what all the issues are,” said Levine in an interview with The Patriot-News. “And I think I’ve been able to serve as a mentor and role model to LGBTQ individuals at the medical center as well as in the community.”