Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Institute condemned Senator Rand Paul’s transphobic attack on Dr. Rachel Levine during her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He attacked trans youth and continued to focus on “genital mutilation” instead of using his time to address the enormous challenges the nation because of the pandemic.
Ruben Gonzales, Executive Director of LGBTQ Victory Institute, released the following statement:
“Rand Paul chose devotion to anti-LGBTQ extremist groups over substance and the health of our nation – and does not deserve to hold public office. His remarks echo the talking points of the same organizations who said gay men deserved AIDS and that LGBTQ people should be criminalized. He explicitly attacked vulnerable trans youth for his own perceived political gain and it was a disgrace. Dr. Levine is an extremely qualified nominee whose experience can help America effectively tackle this pandemic, but he took this opportunity to give voice to hate groups instead.”
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LGBTQ Victory Institute works to achieve and sustain global equality through leadership development, training, and convening to increase the number, expand the diversity, and ensure the success of openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.