First Lesbian Reinstated to U.S. Army Comes Out Against Transgender 'Erasure of Women'
Feminists have finally begun to clash openly with the transgender movement, and the strongest attacks have come from lesbians. A lesbian Army veteran with an impressive pedigree has joined the charge, denouncing the transgender movement for erasing women.
Miriam Ben-Shalom, an LGB activist and teacher, was honorably discharged from the military for homosexuality in 1976, but she challenged her discharge in court and returned to military service in 1987. She reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 2016, she was invited to be the Grand Marshall of the Milwaukee Pride Parade, but the parade rescinded the offer after discovering "transphobic" comments on her Facebook page.
This notable lesbian activist recently spoke out about transgenderism, which she denounced as an assault on women and girls and an "erasure" of women — and lesbians in particular.
"Transgender activists’ erasure of women is horrifying," Ben-Shalom wrote in The Federalist. "Women, especially lesbians, should not be told they are haters if they refuse to sleep with males who identify as trans. Women and children should not be forced to deal with males in their spaces, whether it be locker rooms or bathrooms."
Ironically, the transgender movement is so strong on the Left that this lesbian activist resorted to The Federalist — a socially conservative publication — to publish her charge against transgenderism. This is particularly ironic, as Ben-Shalom is a notable lesbian activist.
"I have spent every day of my life since that time advocating for the marginalized and oppressed, especially sexual minorities," she wrote. "I’ve organized rallies, shown up and stood up wherever injustice was allowed to flourish. I’ve twice chained myself to the White House fence and engaged in non-violent civil disobedience to protest the ban on LGB people in the military. I’ve risked jail time and criminal charges on behalf of my brothers and sisters in the LGB community."
Ben-Shalom declared herself a firm believer in civil rights, and insisted that "the current law regarding bathrooms in Massachusetts, which allows transgender people to use opposite-sex facilities, is not a matter of civil rights." Instead, "it's a matter of unspeakable oppression against females."
This lesbian activist called on all people to stand up against transgenderism and "loudly declare that the emperor has no clothes." Ben-Shalom insisted that a person may wear whatever clothing he or she prefers, a person can self-identify as he or she sees fit, and a person should not experience discrimination.
"But I ought not to be expected to believe that by some magic and lots of surgeries and chemicals that a man can be a woman and a woman a man," the lesbian powerfully declared. "I, and all women and children, should not have to put up with the shenanigans of those who insist that biology is 'a social construct' but gender is 'innate in a person' when the exact opposite is true." Preach!