October 22, 2021

Biden's "First-Ever Female 4-Star Admiral" Is Transgender

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Monday, the Biden administration swore in Rachel Levine, the transgender assistant secretary of health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, as a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Services (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. The Biden administration called Levine the “first-ever female four-star admiral” of the USPHS and the first transgender four-star officer “across any of the eight uniformed services of the United States”. Levine, a biological male, hopes the appointment will “be the first of many like it as we create a more inclusive future.”

The Background: 

In the early stages of his presidency, Joe Biden nominated some of the most radical people possible throughout his administration. One of the people to make it through the grueling Senate confirmation process was Rachel Levine, a transgender individual who was named the assistant secretary of health for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Now, Levine is not only serving in the Biden administration but has been promoted to the rank of 4-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

And the Biden administration is calling Levine the “first-ever female four-star admiral.” However, Levine is a biological male.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra called the appointment progress: “Admiral Levine’s historic appointment as the first openly transgender four-star officer is a giant step forward towards equality as a nation.”

Levine released a statement celebrating the appointment saying, “I am humbled to serve as the first female four-star officer of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and first openly transgender four-star officer across any of the 8 uniformed services.”

Notable Quotes: 

“This is a momentous occasion and I am pleased to take this role for the impact I can make, and for the historic nature of what it symbolizes. May this appointment be the first of many like it as we create a more inclusive future.” - Admiral Rachel Levine, Assistant US Secretary of Health 

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