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Meet Kristin Beck, Transgender Former Navy SEAL

Submitted by on June 5, 2013 – 3:28 pm7 Comments
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Kristin Beck‘s social media accounts show a beaming, muscular brunette. She now works in the private sector and as a civilian in the DoD, but Twitter and LinkedIn describe her as a “retired US Navy Seal.” An odd credit, considering women are still currently barred from all combat positions in the US military, including special forces.

But until recently, Beck was known as Chris. Born biologically male, Kristin served as a Navy SEAL for 20 years. After retiring in 2011, Beck felt ready to “come out” as transgender and begin her transition from male to female.

Beck’s amazing story is revealed in her new memoir, titled Warrior Princess. Released this week, the book and media coverage are introducing the US and the world to this “first female Navy SEAL.”

Early coverage and publicity describe the young Beck as a “manly man,” growing up as a lower-middle class farm boy in the middle of nowhere who loved sports. She had a military career spanning two decades, resulting in thirteen tours, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, and ending on the elite SEAL Team 6. (It appears Beck retired just months before that group carried out the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.)

After coming out on business social network LinkedIn, Beck was surprised by the swell of support from her former teammates:

 Soon, the responses from SEALs stationed all around the world suddenly started pouring in: “Brother, I am with you … being a SEAL is hard, this looks harder. Peace” * “I can’t say I understand the decision but I respect the courage. Peace and happiness be upon you…Jim” * ” … I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you that Kris has all the support and respect from me that Chris had … and quite possibly more. While I’m definitely surprised, I’m also in amazement at the strength you possess and the courage necessary to combat the strangers and ‘friends’ that I’m guessing have reared their ugly heads prior to and since your announcement. …”

What do you think of Kristin Beck’s story?

[via Heavy.com]

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