Rachel Levine, a once relatively little known healthcare bureaucrat in Pennsylvania who jumped up to Assistant Secretary of Health under Joe Biden, and more recently became the first “female” four-star admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, used to have a wife.
Before donning the military uniform and long hair, Levine was known to the world as Richard Leland Levine. As Richard, Levine played high school football with future-General Mark Milley, and eventually went to medical school. In medical school, Richard began dating a woman named Martha Peaslee. The two attained their medical degrees, married in 1988, had two children named David and Dayna, and lived relatively quiet lives as medical doctors and academics until they reached middle age.
This ended in 2011, when Richard decided he was, in fact, a woman named Rachel cursed to be born with the wrong chromosomes. For the beginning of what has become an impressive second act in life, Levine began the process of transitioning from he to she.
The time was apparently right, as Levine’s children were adults, and his wife was apparently working as a college professor and writer for Psychology Today, a pop science website. It was time for Levine to begin the journey that led to being recognized as a nationwide symbol of transgender visibility. more here