Trans assistant health secretary Rachel Levine, who wants to “normalize” gender-affirming treatment for children, says she’s happy she waited until after having children in a resurfaced video from 2019
- Rachel Levine said treating doctors have the “highest level of support” from the government
- She herself waited until she was 54 and raised two children before making the transition.
- In 2019, he admitted that he has no regrets because it allowed him to have a family.
The transgender undersecretary for health who wants to make the “normalization” of gender-affirming care for children a government priority admitted she is happy she waited until after she had children of her own before starting treatment.
Dr. Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender government official, is among Biden officials pushing to make it easier for children under 18 to change gender.
He began his transition in 2011, when he was 54 years old. She had been married 23 years with two children, both now young adults, and she says she’s glad she waited so long because she allowed them to start a family. .
I have no regrets because if I had transitioned when I was younger, I wouldn’t have my kids. I can’t imagine a life without my kids,’ Levine said during a speech 2019 about gender care.
Despite her own experience, she believes it should be easier for other children to start treatment when they are teenagers, even if it costs them the ability to have children of their own later in life.
Dr. Rachel Levine, speaking at a 2019 event, said she has “no regrets” waiting until age 54 to transition.
When Levine began her transition in 2011, she had been married for 23 years with two children.
In the 2019 speech, he said that today’s teens are not “willing to do that.”
“I don’t know if I was 15 today, if it would take that long.”
Levine declared yesterday in a podcast that doctors who offer gender-affirming care to young people have the full support of the Biden administration.
Speaking on a podcast hosted by Connecticut Children’s Hospital, he said: ‘I can say that you, the children you serve, the youth you serve, your families and all of you have support at the highest levels of the federal government.
‘President Biden supports you. I, as the Undersecretary of Health, will support them and speak on this issue, wherever I go, to spread the word.’
He also spoke of his hope that it will become a political “minefield” and will soon be “fully accepted”.
“The wheels will turn on this,” he said.
Levine’s children are now young adults. While she’s glad she waited until after having children, she now advocates for gender-affirming care to be normalized for teens.
Levine’s comments about standardizing puberty blockers, some of which can cause bone fractures, sparked fury among Republicans and doctors.
Rep. Andy Harris, a member of the House Doctors Caucus and co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, called Levine’s comments “reprehensible.”
“It is reprehensible for a government official, let alone the US HHS Assistant Secretary, to advocate for child genital mutilation to become standard practice in the US,” he said.
“As a physician, I was proud to co-sponsor the ‘Children’s Innocence Protection Act,’ which would ban harmful medical procedures used to treat gender dysphoria in transgender minors, including puberty blockers and surgeries in which minors alter their bodies to correspond to a sex that differs from their biological sex.
He added: ‘Many paediatricians, particularly pediatric endocrinologists, have expressed serious concerns about the use of puberty blockers, hormone blockers and sexual transition surgeries in minors.
Transgender Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine Says Gender-Affirming Care for Minors Has ‘Most Support’ of Biden Administration