Quoting Karinne Jean-Pierre, Levine said "your identity is not your weakness, it is your superpower." He added that "we all have superpowers, we're superheroes” in reference to transgender identity in youth. Levine and Jean-Pierre have both touted the Biden adminstration's preponderance of LGBTQ+-identifying staff.
The page for the "Inclusive and Nondiscriminatory School Environments for LGBTQI+ Students" event shows that it was designated as an "opportunity to learn about Federal resources and actionable, ready-to-use strategies for creating inclusive educational environments." Teachers and educators were encouraged to watch and "share concrete and practical tips" for the school year.
Levine, speaking about his optimism in the progress of education, said, "When faced with hate. I choose to find joy in our collective work together to help people live healthier lives."
Then Levine, in the speech, cited laws that are putting age restrictions on "gender affirmation treatment" as hateful measures that have been put into place in different states. Utah, Florida, and others have taken steps to do this.
As the United States Assistant Secretary of Health and an adolescent medical specialist, Levine believes that "based upon decades of research and medical evidence and analysis, and many respected medical organizations from many diverse fields, agree that gender-affirming care is medically necessary, safe and effective for transgender and non-binary youth."
Levine said the "affirmative care" model "is literally suicide prevention care" for youth and adults.
He said that those who attack the "LGBTQI+ community are driven by an agenda that has nothing to do with... science [and] nothing to do with medical care."
Levine recommended that instead of putting restrictions on gender care, using the standards of care from World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
These standards of care once recommend starting puberty blockers at Tanner Stage Two or "as soon as pubertal changes have begun." The section recommending this says that the effects of puberty blockers are "fully reversible." An update to those standards indicated that there should be no age limits to sex change procedures for minors so long as everyone involved agrees that it is appropriate.
Concerns over the treatment of transgender care have been mounting, especially for youth with a recent systematic review of several studies producing "sparse and of very low quality" evidence that the model of "gender-affirmation" benefits youth.
The Tavistock clinic, the world's largest pediatric gender clinic in the UK, and many countries in Europe, are also putting a stop to gender care for youth. The US is now an outlier in pushing sex changes for minors.
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