- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2016

Miriam Ben-Shalom was invited to serve as grand marshal of the Milwaukee Pride Parade, but that was before event organizers noticed the lesbian activist’s outspoken opposition to transgender-inclusive bathroom policies on social media.

Event organizers said Ms. Ben-Shalom’s criticisms of the transgender movement disqualify her from leading the parade.

“Her mindsets don’t line up with ours at this time,” Brent Holmes, who coordinates the parade, told FOX6.

Ms. Ben-Shalom is a renowned figure in the gay-rights movement. She was the first gay military service member to be reinstated after being discharged over her sexuality, and her activism includes twice chaining herself to the White House fence in protest of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Records of her gay-rights activism are deemed significant enough to merit archival at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee library.

But Ms. Ben-Shalom’s legacy has not stopped her from standing athwart the LGBT movement when she disagrees with its permutations.

“If I have to march in lock step to some political line, then to heck with it,” she told FOX6. “Because I don’t march in lock step.”

She rebutted allegations of transphobia from rally organizers, arguing the primary problem with transgender bathroom access is there is no test to determine one’s gender identity, opening the door to predators pretending to identify as the opposite sex.

“My concern is not with transgender people,” she told FOX6. “My concern is with pretenders.”

“I mean, how many women have to get hurt before enough is enough?” she said.

But Ms. Ben-Shalom also said transgender women are not really women – and if they were, they would understand why women are uncomfortable being around them in bathrooms.

“If trans women were really women, they would get it!”

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