Admiral Rachel Levine has been named among USA Today's "Women of the Year," a distinction that flies in the face of biological reality because Levine is actually a man.
"Rachel Levine is one of USA TODAY’s Women of the Year, a recognition of women across the country who have made a significant impact," the noted.
Levine serves as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health and as the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
A press release last year heralded Levine as the "first openly transgender four-star officer across any of the eight uniformed services of the United States" and the "first-ever female four-star admiral" of the USPHS.
Levine was one of the individuals included during a panel last week billed as "A Conversation With HHS Women Leaders to Celebrate Women's History Month."
A Conversation with HHS Women Leaders to Celebrate Women’s History Month | March 10, 2022www.youtube.com
Transgenderism continues to represent a topic of intense cultural contention, particularly on the issue of whether biological men who identify as women should be allowed to play women's sports.
Transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas has stoked controversy by racking up wins while competing against female swimmers.
"The very simple answer is that I’m not a man," Thomas said, according to Sports Illustrated. "I'm a woman, so I belong on the women’s team. Trans people deserve that same respect every other athlete gets."
But Caitlyn Jenner, a biological male who won an Olympic gold medal decades before coming out as as transgender, opposes allowing biological males to compete in women's sports.