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May he be the face of the monstrous movement to chemically sterilize children when the backlash comes.

[–] Researcher1536 31 points Edited

I unfollowed NPR today. I can't view it as a news source with integrity.

I stopped my monthly pledge a couple of months ago because of an NPR article that used "menstruator" or something similarly dehumanizing. It finally pushed me over the edge with them. They've really dropped the ball on this issue, and I just can't support anyone who peddles in misogyny and lies to push an agenda (looking at you, too, ACLU).

The absolute irony of this article being used to promote a political stance while stating it's "not a political issue" in the title.

I had stopped listening during the Trump administration due to ‘both-sideism’, but continued my pledge because I do believe public radio is important. Started back listening, heard a reporter say ‘cisgender’ and will never listen again. This time I stopped my pledge.

I'm not trying to be one of those "before it was cool" people, but I got reeeeally sick of NPR during the election in '16 when I started assiduously diversifying my news coverage. And not because I was pro Trump! Then they turned their racism reporting up to 11. They are just spoon-feeding their wokie audience constantly now. I still subscribe to Pop Culture Happy Hour but I skip a lot of episodes because I don't care to celebrate some old movie while spending half the time on how problematic it is. Doi, we know.

Some right-leaning news coverage of her appointment misgendered her in their stories.

A precious few reports used the correct language for his biology. FIFY

NPR is propaganda, through and through. Anti-woman, anti-children propaganda.

You know what is harmful to transgender people? Hormones and surgeries!!

And telling them that their delusions are real and that the world will and should believe and affirm what is going on inside their heads! Madness

Yes!! It's like giving liposuction to an under weight anorexic

[–] bellatrixbells Look ! A flair ! 9 points

Yoda ?

YODA ???

I know the dark side clouds everything, but I can hear him from here :

"Similar you look to a woman on the outside, but in the Force very much a man you are."

Also this quote was about someone who was literally going crazy and about to commit mass murder. The only fear that leads to suffering here is women who are too afraid to stand up to these men and are made to suffer. Fuck you, Levine. You're not a woman. You don't get to speak over us, and you don't get to define our existence and our rights.

This guy doesn't believe he's a woman for two seconds. He obviously thinks he's above us. He has no respect for us, no consideration. His concept of womanhood has nothing to do with us.

Dr. Rachel Levine: Transgender Health Care Is An Equity Issue, Not A Political One

Updated April 1, 20216:30 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Becky Sullivan

Dozens of states are considering Republican-led bills that advocates say are harmful to transgender people. The recent spate of bills are "really challenging to see," says Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation's newly confirmed assistant secretary for health.

"I really think that the decisions about health care for LGBTQ youth are really between the family, the child, the young person, their doctor, maybe their therapist," said Levine, the first openly transgender official to serve in any Senate-confirmed position, in an NPR interview.

Though more Americans than ever oppose discrimination against transgender people, Levine is taking office at a time when trans rights have once again become a controversial political issue.

Governors in Tennessee, Arkansas and South Dakota have recently signed legislation or executive orders aimed at banning transgender women and girls from participating in women's sports.

A measure passed Monday in Arkansas is now awaiting the governor's signature and would ban transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical care like hormone blockers and would allow insurance companies to refuse such care for people of all ages. The ACLU of Arkansas called the bill "cruel and discriminatory."

In her first interview since being confirmed, Levine questioned those efforts.

Asked whether her comments risked drawing accusations of politicizing the department's work, Levine said no, casting her involvement as appropriate given her new stead as a top public health official.

"I don't see it as a political issue at all. I view this as a health equity issue," she said. "This is about fairness and equality and about specifically health equity, which is part of my portfolio. So I don't see any risk in terms of politicization of this issue."

As the first openly transgender person to serve in such a high-ranking role — and for that role to be one of the nation's foremost public health posts — Levine said part of her responsibility is to educate Americans through her public appearances.

"I like to quote that sage Yoda from Star Wars. You know, 'Fear is the path that leads to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.' I think that people fear what they don't understand," she said.

Before her nomination, Levine most recently served as Pennsylvania's top public health officer and the president of an association of state health officials. But her appointment was widely opposed by religious groups and conservatives. Some right-leaning news coverage of her appointment misgendered her in their stories.

During her confirmation hearing in February, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky criticized Levine's support of hormone blockers for minors and compared gender-affirming surgery to genital mutilation and amputation. Ultimately, only two Republican senators voted to confirm her.

In a statement after her confirmation, Levine spoke directly to young transgender people, saying, "Sadly, some of the challenges you face are from people who would seek to use your identity and circumstances as a weapon. It hurts. I know."

Levine joins the Biden administration's Department of Health and Human Services at a moment the agency confronts a slew of challenges: an unabating opioid crisis, considerably more unaccompanied minors crossing the border than previous years, and a rising number of uninsured Americans.

The administration's first swing at a COVID-19-related relief package, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed into law last month, included a provision that expands eligibility for health care subsidies for plans purchased through Healthcare.gov, the insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. The Biden administration now plans to spend $100 million to advertise the subsidies.

Levine called the provision "one of the most significant pieces of health care legislation since the ACA," saying that the administration hopes the subsidies will draw 15 million uninsured Americans to sign up for plans. More than 25 million people in the United States currently do not have health insurance.

And there is still the pandemic, with cases on the rise across the U.S. as some states lift restrictions.

The Biden administration's effort to scale up the nation's vaccination program has been a success: Nearly 30% of the nation has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and confidence in the vaccines among the American public has risen significantly in the last few months. But cases have begun to tick up, and hospitalizations appear to be following.

"There is a light at the end of this tunnel with the distribution and the administration of the vaccines. But we're not done yet. We have to stay the course," Levine said. "Please wear a mask, wash your hands, stay socially distant. And when the vaccine is available to you, please get vaccinated."

Thanks for putting the article here.

Notice it's always framed as poor widdle trans being denied something by big bad Wepubwicans. It's NEVER reported as safeguarding children. And how dare he pull the "health care for LGBTQ" --- there's only ONE letter there that is creating huge problems. How dare he or anyone lump LGB in with T. They're not asking for dangerous drugs or mutilating surgeries.

This narcissistic man is a danger to children and women.

[–] bellatrixbells Look ! A flair ! 9 points

How dare he ? Piggybacking on the LGB is all he has. Without LGB organizations his shitty principles would have never hit the mainstream.

And how dare he pull the "health care for LGBTQ" --- there's only ONE letter there that is creating huge problems. How dare he or anyone lump LGB in with T. They're not asking for dangerous drugs or mutilating surgeries.

I know right! Last time I checked, gays & lesbians don't need drugs and expensive cosmetic surgery in order to transition from straight to gay. And bills to prevent minors from being fed hormones & blockers won't result in trans kids being denied antibiotics. Conflating basic, necessary healthcare with trans shit is dishonest and cruel.

[–] [Deleted] 6 points Edited

Hold the phone. “Maybe their therapist”?

So basically all therapists have been forced into accepting the affirmation model, but he doesn’t think therapists should be involved—therapists who might be able to say “this child is dealing with complex feelings regarding ______ or may have _______, and maybe transition should be postponed until those are addressed”. Those pesky therapists and what little ability they have to safeguard left.

Edit: sorry I meant to reply to the comment above (I think) with some of the text.

I heard him being interviewed yesterday. He started out talking in a ridiculous falsetto... I switched the station. I switched it back after a few minutes and he'd dropped the falsetto completely. My Nigel thought they were interviewing someone else! I don't know how the NPR reporters can take this shit seriously.

When he was still Pennsylvania's secretary of health there was a kerfuffle with some reporters who right-sexed him. They were properly chastised, and I'm sure everyone learned to pretend from that.

This article is hilarious. I like how the health related problems a significant amount of Americans are dealing with are buried in the back half of the article. Let's headline the shit concerning what a tiny fraction of Americans identify as, though.

[–] LepistaNuda 2 points Edited

The man single-handedly peaked several people of my acquaintance during the 'interview'. In any other universe he would be shunned like plague. Still, god bless him there are a few less older people in this area to vote for his politics. These people vote passionately. I predict some interesting primaries as the few sane dems left try to reboot and the republican party has to acknowledge a female reality it has denied since the time of Reagan as it tries to woo the women who ain't buying it Interesting times.

There's nothing political about activists grooming and sterilizing your children. FFS you know the "Religious Right" is truly dead when this doesn't get automatically shut down by them.