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    One of America's top health officials has come under fire for saying that all pediatricians agree on providing children and teenagers with 'gender-affirming care' - despite vocal opposition to puberty blockers from doctors over the past few years. Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine - who is also America's highest-appointed transgender female - told NPR in a recent interview that 'there is [an] evidence-based standard of care for the evaluation and treatment of trans individuals' set by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. There have also 'been comments from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, from the [American Medical Association], from the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association - all in support of evidence based standards of care for [gender-affirming] treatment,' she added. 'There is no argument among medical professionals - pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. - about the value and importance of gender-affirming care.' Gender-affirming care, according to Levine's Department of Health and Human Services, includes social affirmation of one's gender identity at any age, puberty...
    ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Dozens of Bay Area businesses got slapped with lawsuits this past summer for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and all the lawsuits were filed by one disabled man. While most merchants settle to avoid an expensive trial, two businesses have decided to fight back. Kevin Moreland’s been in a wheelchair since a bicycle accident 25 years ago. But that hasn’t stopped him from getting around in Alameda where he lives. The Sandwich Board is one of his favorite lunch spots. ALSO READ: San Francisco Chinatown Businesses Say They’re Targets Of Frivolous ADA Lawsuits; DA Investigates So he was surprised to learn another disabled person had sued the mom-and-pop sandwich shop for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. “It’s not blocked. There’s no blockage. I mean, you roll right in there and get a sandwich and pay,” said Moreland. Orlando Garcia from Southern California has also sued more than sixty other businesses around the same time. ALSO READ:  Serial Plaintiff Turns California ADA Lawsuits Into a Lucrative Cottage Industry “First of all I was shocked,” said Sandwich...
    ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Dozens of Bay Area businesses got slapped with lawsuits this past summer for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and all the lawsuits were filed by one disabled man. While most merchants settle to avoid an expensive trial, two businesses have decided to fight back. Kevin Moreland’s been in a wheelchair since a bicycle accident 25 years ago. But that hasn’t stopped him from getting around in Alameda where he lives. The Sandwich Board is one of his favorite lunch spots. READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured In Separate Falls During Phish Concert At Chase CenterALSO READ:  Serial Plaintiff Turns California ADA Lawsuits Into a Lucrative Cottage Industry So he was surprised to learn another disabled person had sued the mom-and-pop sandwich shop for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. “It’s not blocked. There’s no blockage. I mean, you roll right in there and get a sandwich and pay,” said Moreland. Orlando Garcia from Southern California has also sued more than sixty other businesses around the same time. “First of all I was shocked,” said Sandwich...
    SACRAMENTO —  Members of the California Assembly who don’t provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination by next week would be suspended during the final days of this year’s legislative session under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by a Bay Area lawmaker. The resolution by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae) comes on the heels of new cases reported in the state Capitol, including a positive test result earlier this week for a vaccinated legislator. “No other job has people locked up in a room for two weeks,” Levine said, referring to the expected marathon meetings on the Assembly floor before final adjournment of the Legislature on Sept. 10. “There’s only one bathroom off the chamber. There’s only one place to get coffee off the chamber. Even if we don’t get sick, we can be carriers.” Last month, a dozen members of the California Legislature refused repeated requests by The Times to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status. Eleven of the lawmakers were Republicans, totaling almost 40% of all seats held by GOP members. Levine said he was informed last Friday by Assembly administrators that he...
    (CNN)With more than 84% of all eligible people in Vermont having had at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, no one would blame health officials if they wanted to take it easy, but the easy path is not a part of Dr. Michael Levine's pandemic plans. Is it safe to travel this summer? A medical expert explainsThe Vermont health commissioner says he's proud of the Green Mountain state ranks first in the US for Covid-19 vaccinations, but with the variant threat, Levine wants even more people protected. To do that, he's going to have to figure out how to reach the one demographic that's holding out, not just on him, but on public health leaders throughout the country -- Gen Z."They're a tough nut to crack," Levine said. President Joe Biden's administration acknowledged Tuesday that it would fall just short of its goal of getting 70% of adults in the US at least partially vaccinated by July 4. Wide swaths of the South have been slow to vaccinate. Three Southern and one Western state still have fewer than half of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — COVID-19 vaccinations are now open to everyone whose eligible. Monday was the deadline set by the Biden Administration to lift all vaccine restrictions. Many states, including Pennsylvania, had already opened vaccinations to everyone over the age of 16. READ MORE: 3 Phillies Players, 2 Coaches Enter COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of Monday Nights Game Against Giants A media blitz today from the Biden Administration included former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “We want people to get the vaccination,” Levine said. Levine, the assistant secretary of HHS, pushed the Biden Administration’s agenda to get more people vaccinated. So far, more than 131 million Americans have gotten at least one dose — that’s more than half of all adults in the country. “We now have one thing on our mind, making sure the other 50% know how easy it is to get a shot,” said Andy Slavitt, White House Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response. Even with increased vaccinations, the U.S. is still seeing close to 70,000 new COVID infections a day — about the same as last summer’s...
    Dr. Rachel Levine, the first transgender person to be nominated for a Senate-confirmed position in the federal government, had been seated in her confirmation hearing to become the nation’s assistant secretary of health for a little less than an hour when she was grilled about “genital mutilation” of minor children by a Republican committee member. “American culture is down normalizing the idea that minors can be given hormones,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Thursday, likening standards of care for transgender minors to castration and female circumcision and blaming increasing rates of trans-identified youth on “the social pressure to conform and do what others do.” “Do you believe minors are capable of making such a life changing decision of changing one's sex?” Paul asked Levine, In response, Levine thanked Paul for his “interest” in the question of transgender medicine, calling it “a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed” by pediatricians. “If I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed, I will look forward to working with you and your office and coming...
    BUTLER (KDKA) — School board members and parents of students in the Butler Area School District are filing suit against Governor Tom Wolf, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the acting Secretary of the State Education Department. This lawsuit, which is several pages long, is asking the state to reverse several orders put in place. The most recent order went into effect on Saturday. The order from November was asking districts in counties with substantial community transmission of COVID-19 to sign an order, and if they didn’t they would have to operate at a fully remote schedule. The other order that went into effect on Saturday and prevents students from participating in extracurricular activities and sports. The suit was filed by the Butler Area School District, its school board, and several parents. It was filed against State Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, Governor Tom Wolf, and the acting Secretary of the State Department of Education. The suit goes on to say these state leaders took the power away from the district, its school board, and parents -— and they don’t have...
    Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary made a secret deal to allow a car show to open for a multi-day event although it would violate the state’s coronavirus gathering restrictions, WPXI reported. Dr. Rachel Levine made the confidential settlement agreement with the Carlisle Car Show, a huge, outdoor event near Harrisburg that let 20,000 people in per day despite the state-wide 250 person outdoor gathering limit, documents reviewed by WPXI showed. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine [Screenshot/CBSPhilly]The secret agreement showed that Levine reportedly allowed the car show to take place for four days. Lawmakers around the state say they had no idea of such agreement, and that it was unfair to the rest of the state that obeyed the restrictions, often at great financial loss. Butler County, located in the western part of the state, canceled multiple fairs, shows and carnivals that usually attract significant economic activity for the area in order to comply with the state’s health safety guidelines. Republican State Rep. Marci Mustello said her district suffered from these cancellations, and taxpayers deserve an explanation for why an event near...
    Before a coronavirus news briefing in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine responded to a series of transphobic attacks directed against her. “While these individuals may think that they are only expressing their displeasure with me, they are, in fact, hurting the thousands of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians who suffered directly from these current demonstrations of harassment,” Levine began, according to PennLive.com. Among the anti-trans incidents was a man who dressed as Levine for a dunk tank at a local fair, an off-color menu item mocking Levine at a tavern and a radio host who repeatedly called Levine “sir” during an interview. “Your actions perpetuate the spirit of intolerance and discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and specifically transgender individuals,” Levine said of the incidents. Social media has also been littered with transphobic remarks about the secretary. Levine is one of the most senior transgender government officials in the country, according to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. “We have not made progress unless we have all made progress,” she added. “It is in this space that these acts of intolerance live and where...
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