Health secretary hits back after transphobic attacks

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s health secretary is hitting back against the “perpetuators and the perpetrators” of transphobic attacks against her, saying they hurt the state’s LGBTQ residents and must come to an end. Dr. Rachel Levine is a transgender woman who is leading the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. She started off her daily briefing Tuesday by addressing the constant stream of mockery and abuse directed toward her on social media and elsewhere, saying they perpetuate intolerance and discrimination. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections Tuesday for the third time in less than a week.

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