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Bishop Rowe stands up for transgender secretary of health

Bishop Rowe stands up for transgender secretary of health

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York writes about the scapegoating of the Pennsylvania secretary of health, a transgender woman. Go Erie says Dr. Rachel Levine, M.D., “has been subject to an endless stream of mockery and abuse.”

Scapegoating Dr. Levine won’t end the pandemic

I thought about scapegoats Thursday when I saw news reports about a business owner in Waterford who had posted a sign along Route 19 disparaging Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s secretary of health, who is a transgender woman. If you are looking for a scapegoat — someone you can blame for the restrictions that responsible state leaders across the country have instituted to keep people safe during a deadly pandemic — she is an easy target.

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Eric Bonetti

I am glad Sean did that.

One of Sean’s early mentors was a lesbian priest who was not out. I am confident, but not certain, that he knew of her situation. So when Sean tried to table resolutions on marriage equality at GC a few years back, I was outraged and told him so via email.

Predictably enough, I didn’t get the courtesy of a response. But I am glad that Sean now is taking a more principled approach.

The Rev. E. F. Michael Morgan, Ph.D.

Dr. Rachel Levine deserves support for the courageous and difficult stands she is taking, seeking to keep millions of Pennsylvanians healthy and safe.

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