People are always talking about how tough Navy SEALs are, and how brave and fearless. I mean, they took out Osama bin Laden quickly and smoothly. But. One of the toughest SEALs I’ve ever seen is Kristin Beck because Kristin Beck used to be a man, Chris Beck.
Chris Beck served 20 years as a SEAL--as part of the team that took out bin Laden--and fought on some of the most dangerous battlefields in the world, but after leaving the service she realized that life wasn’t her life.
And she has written a new book—along with Anne Speckhard—called “Warrior Princess” that details her struggles and her journey towards recognizing and becoming her true self.
Beck, as most transgendered people do, hid her secret form everyone for years, going so far as to grow a beard to conceal herself behind, figuratively and literally. Brandon Webb, another former SEAL who served on a different team than Beck, said Beck's reputation was a good one and said she was, by all appearances, the "consummate guy's guy."
"For years Chris had turned off his sexuality like a light switch and lived as a warrior, consumed with the battle -- living basically asexual. For Chris the other SEALs were brothers and in the man's man warrior lifestyle, even if he had wanted to entertain sexual thoughts, there really was never any time to be thinking too much about sexuality."—from “Warrior Princess”
Chris Beck retired from the SEALs in 2011, and decided the time was right to become her true self; to make what she felt inside be reflected in her outward appearance. She announced her decision to friends online with the declaration "No more disguises" and then began living her life as a woman. She is currently undergoing hormone therapy in preparation for sexual reassignment surgery.
In writing the book, as she says in the Preface, Kristin Beck hopes "to reach out to all of the younger generation and encourage you to live your life fully and to treat each other with compassion, be good to each other, especially in your own backyard (where it be high school or your community)."
One of the most amazing parts of this story—other than Kristin Beck’s bravery—are the responses she’s received from other SEALs:
"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. ..."
If some of the toughest men on the planet can learn to understand and accept what it means to be transgendered, then the job should be much easier for those 'regular' folks.
Welcome Out, Kristin, and thank you for your service, and your bravery, on the battlefield and here at home.
Of course, you will also receive a copy of The Gay Agenda and the official Coming Out Toaster Oven from HOMO HQ; we’re having quite the run on those lately.
But again, your bravery knows no bounds. Coming out as gay is hard, and may still find it objectionable and unacceptable. But coming out as transgendered seems somehow doubly, triply, hard, and you have show true heroism to the T in LGBT.
Thank you, once again, for your bravery.