HHS' Levine: 'Need to Use Our Clinicians' Voice to Collectively Advocate for Tech Companies to Create Cleaner Info Environment'

(CNS News.com) — In a speech warning about “health misinformation” being spread by “technology and social media,” HHS Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine, a transgender woman (biological male), said this misinformation is “directly impacting” the “health equity of sexual and gender minorities,” and that health officials need to advocate for Big Tech companies to “create a healthier, cleaner information environment.” 

“So, we all need to work together to get our voices out into the front line,” Levine told the Federation of State Medical Boards. Levine presented his speech via Zoom on May 27 but it has only recently surfaced on Twitter and similar outlets.

Although Levine spoke extensively about COVID in the speech, he took time to promote “gender-affirming” care and warn about LGBTQI+ misinformation.

“I’d like to talk about another area of substantial misinformation that is directly impacting health equity in our nation, and that is the health equity of sexual and gender minorities,” said Levine.  “There is substantial misinformation about gender-affirming care for transgender and gender diverse individuals.”

“We are in this nation facing an onslaught of anti-LGBTQI+ actions at the state levels across the United States,” he added. “And they are dangerous to the public health.”


Levine then mentioned that some states are moving to restrict or prohibit the use of “gender-affirming” puberty blockers in minors. 

Nonetheless, he stressed, “The positive value of gender-affirming care for youth and adults is not in scientific or medical dispute.”

With that in mind and apparently other untold threats to the “collective health,” Levine said, “So, we all need to work together to get our voices out into the front line. We need to get our voices in the public eye.”

“We need to use our clinicians’ voice to collectively advocate for our tech companies to create a healthier, cleaner information environment,” said Levine. 

Rachel Levine, 65, was married to a woman from 1988 to 2013, and they have two children. Levine graduated from Harvard University and the Tulane University School of Medicine. He also is a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

The openly transgender Levine was appointed assistant secretary for Health and Human Services on March 26, 2021 by President Joe Biden.


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