“Judeo-Christian” activists ‘out’ Virginia’s Transgender Commissioner of Health
A local advocacy group is decrying Gov. Terry McAuliffe for hiring a trans-woman as the state’s Commissioner of Health.
Dr. Marissa Levine was appointed by McAuliffe in January, 2014, to take over the state’s leading health position. Prior to this new role, Levine served as Chief Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness and Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness since February 2009.
Prior to the 2009 position, she directed local health departments in two districts within Virginia since 2002.
Levine received her Masters in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She completed family practice residency training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
Virginia Mass Resistance, a group hailing from Yorktown, VA, and calling itself a “Judeo-Christian group” with a mission to “resist all forces opposing the Judeo-Christian foundation of the Commonwealth,” sent out a press release last week condemning Levine.
“Whether or not the appointment of Levine had a hidden political agenda or not remains to be seen,” reads the press release from Linda Wall, the CEO of Virginia Mass Resistance. “In light of the eradication of 1.3 million votes defining marriage as one man and one woman and Levine side-stepping the General Assembly’s law regarding safety regulations for abortion clinics, the question arises, how much will the citizens of Virginia tolerate?”
There is no mention of anything Levine having done wrong with in her position, but rather this release seems to exist to ‘out’ the Commissioner as trans, something Virginia Mass Resistance takes issue with but does not explain.
Levin’s position as Commissioner of health has her overseeing programs which tend to the the health and safety of Virginians.
She is also part of the Virginia Health Workforce Authority, who’s mission is to “facilitate the development of a statewide health professions pipeline that identifies, educates, recruits and retains a diverse, geographically distributed and culturally competent quality workforce for all Virginians.”
Here’s a video of Levine informing Virginians about Ebola:
In January of this year Rachel Thomas, a McAuliffe spokeswoman, told the Times-Dispatch Levine was “the best person to serve as the interim commissioner and her qualifications speak for themselves.”
The Times-Dispatch also mentions Levine’s gender change in passing:
Before taking a job with the state, she served as Henrico County’s health director and was known as Dr. Mark Levine.
Conservative blog networks have picked up the outing as a controversial news story, with one outlet, Freedom Outpost, proclaiming “Virgnia’s top doctor is really a man”
“So how many people would like for a mentally ill, gender-confused sodomite to be in charge of their healthcare?” writes Tim Brown from Freedom Outpost. “Yeah, you are not going to hear this in the mainstream.”
Editors note: The irony of us also ‘outing’ Dr. Levine does not escape us, however in light of the TD’s comments earlier this year, and to provide a counter point to the rhetoric being shared on the internet, we thought we should show Levine’s background and professional history in a manor void of opinion.
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