Pennsylvania governor blasts ‘vile acts’ against transgender official leading pandemic response

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07/24/2020

The man sitting in a Pennsylvania carnival’s dunk tank at a fundraiser last weekend was going for a Marilyn Monroe look, he said, styling himself in a floral print dress and a long blond wig. But on social media, the organizers of the Bloomsburg, Pa., event said he resembled a more local public figure: Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, an openly transgender woman who has risen to prominence in recent months leading the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Dr. Levine? Thank you. You were a hit and raised a lot of money for the local fire companies. Wonder why so many were trying to dunk you?” the Bloomsburg Fair Association wrote on Facebook, adding a smiling emoji. The fair has since deleted the post, but it is the latest incident in an ugly trend of vitriol against Levine, a 62-year-old pediatrician who first came out publicly about nine years ago.

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