The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) kicked off its 27th annual conference in Montreal on Saturday night with a keynote address from Rachel Levine, the Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, who identifies as a transgender woman.
Levine’s speech, complete with a “call to action,” comes off more as an activist manifesto than what you would typically expect from a conference of medical professionals. Levine called on the audience to think of themselves as “ambassadors for science” and insisted on a “proactive” rather than “passive” approach to educating the masses.
“Our task quite simply is to educate the public in the United States and throughout the world, in as many forms as possible,” Levine proclaimed. “We have the power to