Life after “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
Miriam Ben-Shalom was a staff sergeant, drill sergeant and drill sergeant leader in the United States Army. She rose quickly in the ranks and received commendations from her commanding officers. But being a lesbian in the military has its challenges.
In 1975, she was asked about her sexual orientation, which began a court case that lasted until 1990. Ben-Shalom is now a devoted activist for LGBT rights. In the wake of the controversial repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” Ben-Shalom sat down to talk with me about her journey. Her passion in fighting for LGBT rights took her to protest DADT by chaining herself to the fence on the White House lawn last year, but despite the repeal, her fight continues.
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