Meet the Logo30: Dr. Rachel Levine

The accomplished doctor is the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2021 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

You probably know about Dr. Rachel Levine’s historic confirmation to the federal government, but do you know her Pride anthem?

Earlier this year, the accomplished doctor and leading health official from Pennsylvania became the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by United States Senate. Now, she serves as the Assistant Health Secretary under the Biden-Harris administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Although Levine is “humbled” to be the first openly transgender person in her position, she really hopes her appointment paves the way for other trans folks in politics. She paraphrases a quote from Vice President Kamala Harris, who once said that while she is lucky to be first, she is “heartened by the knowledge that I will not be the last.”

As for her Pride anthem? Well, Levine is a “child of the ’60s,” so she’s keeping it classic: “’Carry On’ by Crosby, Stills & Nash because, ’To sing the blues, you’ve got the live the dues and / Carry on / Love is coming.’ We’ve been paying our dues, and now we have a president who sees and advocates for us. We are all working at the federal level to lead by example and create meaningful policy change to create equal rights for our LGBTQ community.”

Learn more about Levine and the rest of our incredible 2021 Logo30 honorees in the video below.

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.