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Rachel Levine, U.S. assistant secretary for health, says, "The language of medicine and science is being used to drive people to suicide." Political attacks against trans young people are on the rise across the country. Caroline Brehman-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Rachel Levine calls state anti-LGBTQ bills disturbing and dangerous to trans youth

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Dr. Rachel Levine testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in February. Levine was appointed to lead the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, becoming the nation's first openly transgender four-star officer. Caroline Brehman/AP hide caption

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Dr. Rachel Levine during her confirmation hearing in February. In an NPR interview Thursday, Levine questions state measures limiting transgender rights. Tom Brenner/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Rachel Levine: Transgender Health Care Is An Equity Issue, Not A Political One

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Dr. Rachel Levine testifies last month at the Senate confirmation hearing for her nomination as assistant secretary for health. Levine previously was Pennsylvania's secretary of health. Caroline Brehman/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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