Target: Kristin Beck
Goal: Applaud Miss Beck’s courage for being the first US Navy Seal to come out as transgender
Kristin Beck is a former Navy SEAL who has served her country for over twenty years. During her time as both a Navy Seal and a military consultant, she demonstrated incredible courage. Now, she has once again displayed great courage by being the first former Navy SEAL to come out as transgender in her new memoire.
Miss Beck’s life has been a story of courage. Born Chris Beck and raised in a staunchly religious family, she knew from childhood that she did not identify with her assigned gender, but tried for years to suppress her feelings. As a member of Seal Team Six, the unit that was sent to capture Osama bin Laden, she was deployed thirteen deployments, with seven combat deployments. Her honors include a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After her combat service, Miss Beck worked as a consultant with the military consultant, developing technology used by active military personnel. Now retired, Miss Beck has finally come out as a transgender woman and has finally begun the process of transitioning to her true. She is the first former SEAL to come out as transgender, and she has received an outpouring of support from her comrades in arms.
Kristin Beck deserves commendation for her remarkable courage. Her service in the armed forces, impressive on its own, is made all the more so in light of the daily psychological agony she endured trying to live as a gender she didn’t identify with in one of the most masculine divisions of the military. Her announcement demonstrates that a transgender woman can be among the United States’ most respected warrior at a time when the US military still bans openly transgendered persons from serving and has only just begun to allow cisgendered women in open combat. Above all else, Miss Beck has stated in her memoire that she wrote her story “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).” Please add your name to this petition to express your gratitude to Miss Beck for her service and for her courage.
Dear Kristin Beck,
In a recent ABC news story about you memoire, Warrior Princess, you came out as a transgendered woman, making history as both the first openly transgendered Navy SEAL and the first female Navy SEAL. Words cannot express how grateful I am for your courage or how proud I am of you.
It takes incredible courage to live as a transgendered person. Life in the wrong body is a torment that those who haven’t experienced it will never understand, and the arduous process of transitioning is not a pleasant experience either. Not only did you endure decades living with such a burden, but you did so while a member of one of the most elite military units in the world, risking your life and suffering grievous bodily harm for a country that still does not afford LGBT persons full legal rights. Your sacrifices and courage are extraordinary.
While the coming out of celebrities as gay and lesbian has become more common, and society has become more accepting of gay and lesbian individuals, transgendered individuals have remained largely invisible and transgender issues are barely on the political radar. In a country where transgendered women suffer disproportionate violence, where transgendered youths are subject to outrageous rates homelessness and abuse, and our Armed Forces still discriminate against transgendered individuals, your coming out is a beacon of hope.
Your incredible story will inspire LGBT youth in this country, and give them the courage to achieve their full potential despite all the obstacles in their way. Your history of heroic service will change the minds of many, especially those in the military, about the value and fundamental humanity of transgendered people. Thank you, Miss Beck, for your service to your country, and for the incredible good you have done on behalf of the transgender community.
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