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Ben-Shalom, Miriam (b. 1948)  
 
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The recipient of several awards for her community activism, she has also published poetry, short stories, and other writing. She currently teaches English in Milwaukee public high schools, where she works with at-risk youth.

In November 2010, Ben-Shalom returned from a long sabbatical from direct action protest. She joined twelve other protesters who handcuffed themselves to the fence in front of the White House to protest the Obama administration's inaction on repealing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Act.

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In doing so, she reprised her 1993 arrest with David Mixner and others who allowed themselves to be arrested to protest President Clinton's signing of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Act.

Geoffrey W. Bateman

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social sciences >> Overview:  Military Culture: United States

The United States military's relation to homosexuality is complex and contradictory, defining itself explicitly in opposition to homosexuality, but nevertheless facilitating the very behavior and identity it seeks to exclude.

social sciences >> Overview:  Military Law: United States

The Uniform Code of Military Justice, adopted in 1950, is the fountainhead of the United States' military's discriminatory policies toward homosexual personnel.

social sciences >> Cammermeyer, Margarethe

The highest-ranking official in the United States military to acknowledge her homosexuality while in the service, Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer served a number of years in the Washington State National Guard as an open lesbian.

social sciences >> Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, in effect from 1993 until 2011, was a compromise intended to end discrimination against gay men and lesbians in the U. S. military, but it failed to halt discharges based solely on sexual orientation.

social sciences >> Log Cabin Republicans

Log Cabin Republicans, a gay and lesbian organization, is dedicated to the principle that equal treatment under the law for gay men and women is consistent with the principles and values of the Republican Party.

social sciences >> Matlovich, Leonard P., Jr.

By challenging the United States Air Force's ban and gay and lesbian service members, Leonard P. Matlovich, Jr. became one of the glbtq community's most visible activists in the 1970s.

social sciences >> Mixner, David

Although he has mostly worked behind the scenes, as an organizer and consultant and campaign manager, David Mixner has been described as one of the great activists of our time.


    Bibliography
   

Humphrey, Maryann. My Country, My Right to Serve. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.

Peterson, Andrea L. T. "Miriam Ben-Shalom." Gay and Lesbian Biography. Michael J. Tyrkus, ed. Detroit, Mich.: St. James Press, 1997. 62-63.

Shilts, Randy. Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.

 

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    Author: Bateman, Geoffrey W.  
    Entry Title: Ben-Shalom, Miriam  
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    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2004  
    Date Last Updated November 22, 2010  
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