The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Defends Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Denounces Transphobia in the Commonwealth

first_img June 05, 2020 The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Defends Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Denounces Transphobia in the Commonwealth Press Release Today, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Executive Director Rafael Álvarez Febo issued the following statement:“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, Pennsylvanians have tremendously benefited from the steadfast leadership of Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.“Dr. Levine has provided critical information to keep us safe from this dangerous virus, while also making important decisions managing the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Levine is a respected physician with decades of experience in healthcare. The leadership of Dr. Levine and her staff has helped save countless lives during this unprecedented time. In addition to a wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Levine has also proven to be a calming presence on our screens with her daily press conferences.“This leadership has been met with some of the most vile and toxic transphobia our Commission has seen in our commonwealth in recent years. Week after week, members of the LGBTQ community and thousands of Pennsylvanians have tuned in to be informed by our Health Secretary only to be assaulted by streams of comments and slurs aimed directly at Dr. Levine and indirectly at all transgender Pennsylvanians. Whether a member of the media is misgendering her or social media comments are lobbed her way, we admire how Dr. Levine has shown poise and the highest degree of professionalism.“In times of crisis and pain, LGBTQ individuals are united in pushing back against transphobia of any kind. Members of the commission believe that the health and safety of Pennsylvanians should not be undermined due to these toxic and personal attacks.“We will continue to support the leadership of Dr. Rachel Levine and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help get us through these uncertain times.”The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs was formed in 2018 through an Executive Order from Governor Tom Wolf. The commission is comprised of 40 commissioners representing all areas of the commonwealth and LGBTQ communities. The mission of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs is to advise the governor and state agencies regarding policies, programs, and legislation that impact LGBTQ communities and to serve as a resourceful intermediary between LGBTQ communities and state government.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Alexander: Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock makes a great first impression

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “There are … my best friends over there, you know, friends for life, and of course I played with them for so long, so sure” they talked, he said.“Trash talking? Eh, a little bit. It’s early, and I don’t want to have to swallow my words, you know, if I get dominated by one of their pitchers. But you know what? It’s good fun, it’s good competition, and you know that club fights. You see them come out here after a game like (Saturday’s 18-5 Dodger victory), and they don’t let up. They really made it kind of tough on us.”Pollock has done damage against the Dodgers in The Ravine over the years, though his traditional numbers weren’t spectacular (.220 lifetime average, .650 OPS in 43 games). He did slug six home runs here as a visiting player, and since 2012 he has 50 home runs against the NL West, 17 against the Dodgers (and, now, one against the D-Backs).First impressions matter, a lot, for a player coming to a new city and playing before a new set of fans. This one went about as well as could be expected.“If you can draw it up you want to get off to a good start, but it doesn’t always work out like that,” said Pollock, a 2009 first-round pick by the D-Backs out of Notre Dame. “I just try to keep believing in the process and how I go about it. I feel like if I just kind of keep dialed in on the approach and how I do things, then eventually it’ll kind of work itself out.“But yeah, it does feel good to kind of get off to a good start here. The beginning of the year’s a little weird when you have your first hits, the first of (this or) that, but offensively we got a lot of those out of the way.”Did they, considering that the Dodgers set a Los Angeles club record with 42 runs in the four-game series. (Also a D-Backs club record for runs allowed in a four-game series, but that’s their problem.)To be fair, this series probably didn’t solve the aforementioned question of who has the edge, former player or former team. Small sample size, you know.“It’s more about executing,” Pollock said. “They gotta execute their pitches and I’m trying to execute my game plan  … You know this game. You know they’re gonna have tough pitches and tough at-bats, and I’m sure it’s gonna go the other way.”He won’t have to worry about D-Backs pitchers and defensive alignments until June 3-4-5, the Dodgers’ first visit to Phoenix. By then, certainly, he’ll interpret the chant “Beat L.A.” far differently than he ever has before.Our advice: Consider it a compliment. On Friday night, in the grueling 13-inning game that the Dodgers ultimately lost 5-4, Pollock kept them in it with four hits and three RBIs, with a double and homer.It is easy to make too much of a meeting with your old club, especially the first one, especially when it’s the first series of the season in your new ballpark. It is better to take a more sedate, controlled approach.“For him to not try to do too much against his former team speaks a lot to his character, to his kind of professionalism,” Roberts said.Pollock said he had conversations with his old teammates, most of them of the “Hi, how are you doing” variety.center_img LOS ANGELES — Who really has the edge when a hitter changes teams and runs up against his old buddies for the first time?After all, he has working knowledge of most of the pitchers, having played behind them. And his old team is fully aware of his tendencies as a hitter, and with the volumes of knowledge now available can adjust their defensive alignment accordingly.“It’s kind of a little game of chess,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who added that the X-factor in such an equation is the player’s desire to do well against his former team, and the idea that sometimes it’ll tie a player in knots.Obviously, it didn’t affect A.J. Pollock this weekend. The Dodgers’ new center fielder wrecked his old Arizona Diamondbacks mates to the tune of a .412 average (7 for 17), 1.205 OPS, one home run, four runs scored and six RBIs, including two huge ones in the three-run eighth that gave the Dodgers an 8-7 victory Sunday and three wins in the four-game series. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season It was Pollock’s cue shot down the first base line against Arizona reliever Yoshihisa Hirano – maybe a foot inside the bag, if that – that chased home Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger and wiped out the last remnants of a 7-4 Arizona lead. And it was Pollock who alertly scampered to third when right fielder Adam Jones misplayed the ball, from where he could score the go-ahead run on Kiké Hernández’s scoring fly ball.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more