For our second annual Pride in Pictures, LGBTQ Nation asked readers to submit a meaningful photo of themselves at Pride.
We have absolutely loved seeing your joy, your glitter, your fabulous outfits, and of course, your pride. Now, we’re spending the summer sharing some of our favorite photos and stories with all of you.
Kicking us off this week is Dr. Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Levine was the first ever transgender official confirmed by the Senate. She also led Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 response as the state’s secretary of health.
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Dr. Rachel Levine
Children’s National Hospital Youth Pride Clinic, 2021
What makes this photo special to you?
It’s tremendously gratifying to be able to speak to the medical professionals and the clinic personnel, but particularly to the youth and their families from my experience. So I have two aspects of that. One is that I’m a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist. So I’ve been teaching to children and their families my entire career, but the other is coming from my lived experience as an openly transgender woman, and so I find it tremendously rewarding.