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Twitter Suspends Lawmaker's Account Over Trans Tweet

Rep. Jim Banks misgendered the assistant health secretary

(Newser) - Update: Twitter has suspended the account of GOP congressman Jim Banks of Indiana after a controversial tweet about a trans government official . Banks deliberately referred to Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, who identifies as a woman, as a "man." As a result, Twitter on Saturday yanked his...

A Big First: Transgender Official Is Confirmed by Senate
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Senate Makes a Historic Confirmation

Rachel Levine is first transgender official confirmed, will be assistant secretary of health

(Newser) - Voting mostly along party lines, the US Senate has confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation’s assistant secretary of health. She is the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation. The final vote Wednesday was 52-48. Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and...

Biden's Pick for Big HHS Role a Historic First

Rachel Levine may be first openly transgender federal official to get confirmed by Senate

(Newser) - Xavier Becerra has a new No. 2 at Health and Human Services. The AP reports that President-elect Joe Biden has picked Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's current health secretary, to serve as his assistant health secretary under Becerra, who has been nominated by Biden to be the nation's top...

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