The highest-ranking transgender official in the Biden administration is arguing that "gender-affirming care" is supported by most people in the pediatric industry.
Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said in a Saturday interview with NPR that the consensus among pediatricians appears to support the use of "gender-affirming" care, which includes procedures such as hormone treatments and surgeries that might help transgender or nonbinary people transition to their self-identified gender.
"There is no argument among medical professionals," Levine told NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin. "Pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc., about the value and the importance of gender-affirming care."
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Levine also addressed a recent contest of fact sheets between the federal government and Florida. The Office of Population Affairs published a fact sheet supporting "gender-affirming" care in March, which included arguments that the care "improves the mental health and overall well-being of gender diverse children and adolescents."
In response, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo published his own fact sheet discouraging families from pursuing gender transition procedures “due to the lack of conclusive evidence, and the potential for long-term, irreversible effects.”
Levine argued that Ladapo's fact sheet was based upon "political considerations," a decision Levine doesn't consider appropriate.
"We need to stand against that both from a medical and public health point of view," Levine said.
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Levine also condemned Texas's investigations into the parents of transgender children, stating that their conduct was "egregious" and "politically motivated."
The Biden administration is expected to finalize two proposals this year that could have immense effects on gender transition procedures and religious freedom. The first proposal would update Obamacare civil rights provisions to clarify that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sex apply to sexual orientation and gender identity. Another would require that certain healthcare plans include coverage of gender transition procedures in certain circumstances.