Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine of the Department of Health and Human Services said some “LGBTQI+” should be replacing their parents with “one supportive adult” while going on to rail against parental rights laws as a “gag rule” in a video clip posted online Tuesday.
“One supportive adult,” Levine, who was born a biological male but is now a transgender female, said in the clip posted on Twitter. “I’d love it if that was always the parent, but it’s not always a parent. Frequently it’s a teacher, or a guidance counselor, or some other coach or another school personnel.”
Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill (HB 1557) prevents educators from discussing sexuality with K-3 students. @HHS_ASH is critical that the bill prevents students from finding “one supportive adult” that is “not always the parent, frequently it’s a teacher..” pic.twitter.com/vAqWOaxwv5
— Megan Brock (@MegEBrock) February 15, 2023
“This law forbids kids essentially from — from talking to — to — to these people. Also it means that — that if you tell a teacher the teacher has to tell the parent,” Levine noted further. “And so it really is — is a gag rule. It’s a gag law to — to — to prevent kids from accessing supportive adults.”
More and more American parents are letting it be known they are not at all on board with the far-left curriculum being pushed on their children mostly by Democrat-aligned teacher’s unions and members. These same parents agree with Republicans and governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis who are adopting legislation aimed at protecting the youngest kids from this leftist assault.
“While other states lock parents out of their children’s lives, here in Florida we value parental rights. I am proud to receive the endorsement from @Moms4Libertyin their fight to put children first and to protect parents’ rights,” DeSantis noted in a tweet last week as he accepted the group’s endorsement.
“Our school system is for educating kids not indoctrinating kids,” the GOP governor said at the first annual Moms for Liberty summit held in Tampa Bay in July.
As for Levine, she has been on the hot seat in the recent past, pushing puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries as “medically necessary” for children, despite pushback from doctors and in spite of a study showing they may increase teen suicides.
Levine, herself a pediatrician, said in June that sex assignment surgery and puberty blockers were “lifesaving, medically necessary, age appropriate, and a critical tool,” according to a short video clip posted by the Republican National Committee:
Biden official Rachel Levine: Sex reassignment surgery and puberty blockers for KIDS is “lifesaving, medically necessary, age appropriate, and a critical tool” pic.twitter.com/OwSOA3cjj8
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 27, 2022
A report from the Heritage Foundation, however, “directly challenges claims from pro-transgender clinical organizations, activists, and the Biden administration that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones reduce suicides of minors who believe they are the opposite sex,” Breitbart News reported at the time.
The outlet notes:
The 25-page report, written by Senior Research Fellow Dr. Jay Greene, analyzes existing studies about the effectiveness of these treatments in preventing youth suicides. Greene found, similar to a recent report published by Florida Medicaid, that current research “fail[s] to show a causal relationship and [has] been poorly executed.”
The author took his analysis a step further, conducting research with what he called a “superior research design.” He ultimately found “that easing access to puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones by minors without parental consent increases suicide rates.”
“U.S. policymakers are seeking to make it easier for minors to access puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones based on the claim that doing so reduces suicide risk,” the report notes. “Studies finding that ‘gender-affirming’ interventions prevent suicide fail to show a causal relationship and have been poorly executed.
“A superior research design shows that easing access to puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones by minors without parental consent increases suicide rates,” the report added.