‘Don’t Let A Man In A Dress Rule Us’: Highway Sign Mocking PA Health Secretary Draws Criticism

Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general nominee, in her office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A sign along U.S. Highway 19 entering the town of Waterford in Eric County created quite a stir of responses on social media this week as it mocked Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine.

The message on the sign reads, “Don’t let a man in a dress rule us Waterford!” The Washington Times reported. Dr. Levine, who was born Richard Levine and had two children before transitioning to a female in 2011, has been the recipient of public scrutiny in regards to many of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Several people who felt that the sign may be taken as transphobic started a petition to remove the sign. The petition which received more than 3,500 signatures stated, “I understand the importance of free speech, but when you have a large sign at the center of our town, your message speaks for the entire community. It should take into consideration the opinion of the whole community then.”

 Editor’s Note: Is the community, as a whole, fitting the bill then? Are they willing to reimburse the original publisher for the package or are they themselves just restating the hate? 

As of Thursday, the sign had been changed to read “Happy holiday and please wear a mask,” the Erie News Now reported.

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