LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Statement on Transphobic Attack on Dr. Levine
Call For Reprimand on Rep. Jeff Pyle
LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus statement:
“The members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus immediately call upon the leadership of the House Republican Caucus and the Speaker of the PA House to reprimand Rep. Jeff Pyle for his transphobic attack on Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, and Biden Assistant Secretary of Health-nominee, Dr. Rachel Levine.
“In a recent post to social media, Rep. Pyle made overt, hurtful, and dangerous attacks on Sec. Levine’s gender identity as a Transgender person. The kind of discrimination and hatred displayed by Rep. Pyle aren’t just antithetical to the values and morals established in our Constitution, they are a direct violation of the public trust afforded to him as a member of the General Assembly. Moreover, by attacking Sec. Levine in this way, Rep. Pyle has perpetuated both transphobia and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ communities which have among the highest rates of civil rights violations and discrimination in the nation, often with deadly consequences.
“By attacking Sec. Levine, Rep. Pyle has brought the House of Representatives into dishonor and disrepute and until his actions are addressed, he continues to place her, and hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ people in the Commonwealth act risk for further discrimination to attack.”
Sims added, “I have conferred with my colleagues, members of the LGBTQ Caucus and the leadership of the Democratic Caucus, and all are in agreement that this discriminatory and dangerous behavior must be condemned by House Republican leadership. Homophobia and transphobia have no place in the General Assembly or in our commonwealth.”