Navy SEAL comes out as transgender

Navy SEAL comes out as transgender

Credit: (L) Twitter; (R) Amazon.com

Kristin Beck; Chris Beck

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 8:14 PM

A former Navy SEAL announced via his LinkedIn page that he’s now a woman.

Chris Beck, now known as Kristin, grew up like any typical boy: playing high school football and riding motorcycles, before going on to serve our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

According to Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming out Transgender, a book released June 1, Chris fought for our country for 20 years on 13 deployments, seven of which were combat deployments, and ultimately earning a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

The book’s description says, “underneath his burly beard, Chris had a secret, one that had been buried deep inside his heart since he was a little boy—one as hidden as the panty hose in the back of his drawer. He was transgender, and the woman inside needed to get out.”

Kristin came out earlier this year to her friends and colleagues by posting a side-by-side picture of Chris and Kristin via her LinkedIn account.

Her book details her journey of being a girl in a man’s body, and “her road to self-actualization as a woman amidst the PTSD of war, family rejection and our society’s strict gender rules and perceptions. It is about a fight to be free inside one’s own body, a fight that requires the strength of a Warrior Princess.”

Kristin’s accomplishments and journey are sure to spark a debate about gender. As the book’s description charges, “Is gender merely between your legs or is it something much bigger?”

The book is available on Amazon.com.

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