First Transgender Navy SEAL Comes Out

By Brian Jones

A retired Navy SEAL is poised to blow the doors off the military's policy on transgender people.
Kristin Beck was a member of the most elite special operations unit in the world -- SEAL Team 6. She deployed 13 times. She earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. She served in the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

Shortly before the bin Laden raid, in early 2011, she retired as a senior chief petty officer after serving 20 years. Her name was Chris Beck back then (as pictured above). In a memoir that promises to change the way we think about transgender people and their service in the military, Beck, who is active on Twitter, writes about how she came to the realization that she was meant to live life as a woman.

Transgender people identify with a gender other than the sex they were assigned at birth. Beck was born a man, but identifies as a woman. Shortly after retiring, Beck came out to friends and colleagues. She writes about the deeply personal experience, and a lifetime of service to her country. (Below is a picture of Kristen Beck now.)

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Brandon Webb of SOFREP, a prominent blog covering the special operations community, knew about Beck, but says that he had his own reasons for not writing a story.

"I first met Chris when she was at SEAL Team One," Webb writes. "While Chris was always a little different I had no idea what was lying under the surface, as I'm sure a lot of people will have the same experience."

Though the Department of Defense lifted the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in uniform in 2011, transgender men and women still are banned from signing up to serve.

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The revelation that a transgender woman not only completed a full career in the military, but did so as a member of an elite combat unit, casts a serious shadow of doubt on that policy.

The National Center for Transgender Equality writes "Not only is this unjust to individual transgender people who wish to serve their country through military service, it weakens our national defense by barring qualified people from duty."

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apparently that whole he without sin may cast the first stone just went right out the window with all these judgmental "christians". your all a bunch of hypocrites. god planned everyday of your life the moment you were conceived. oh you made a decision???? blasphemy!!! seriously the whole "god" thing is old and used up. pull the wool off your eyes and take a look around. you really think this almighty forgiving and loving god would let all this crap in the world go on if he existed. Every time something bad happens to someone it's so conveniently god testing their faith. kind of like when the TSA "randomly" chooses someone for extra screening, god chooses someone to get drunk and kill some innocent child in a car wreck to test that child's parents faith. The holocaust is a good example. if the jews are gods chosen people then why did he let hitler torture and do unspeakable things and kill 6 million of them. suppose he was testing their faith. oh lets not forget hes letting a people that worship a different god murder and torture innocent people that worship him. suppose he is testing their faith too. time and time again unspeakable things happen that shouldnt if their was a god and you all are oh you have to have faith. has he ever shown himself? has he performed any real miracles (magic) in the last 2000 years? has he done anything at all to show he exists??? nope. not a single thing. but you've all been told by your parents to believe in this all powerful being and you will go to heaven when you die and there will be rainbows and unicorns and fairy plumb princesses, and you mindlessly do. whatever.. its your right, but it is also someone's right to be whoever they want to be so if your here to leave some hypocritical hateful god hates you remark take it somewhere else.

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August 09 2013 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Janeat15 Ehat the hell is a Bibble and what is ABORMINATION????

August 09 2013 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well I thank God that most comment here are denouncing the evil. This is one of the the tools & soul that Satan is using to glamorize sin. We are not fooled, Bibble calls it an ABORMINATION, period

June 09 2013 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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simply put, your an idiot, period. You spelled abomination wrong, you spelled bible wrong which is an abomination in itself. i don't think you meant to say souls, because if you did it does not make sense. and i assume when you say we, you mean you, and the voices in your head that you probably think is "god". (and yes i hope my quoting god and spelling it lower case upsets you)

August 14 2013 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a bit misleading isn't it? She/He, Whatever, was not transgendered while serving as a Navy Seal. After retirement He began living as a Woman.

June 07 2013 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG!! As I scratch my head!! I'm not even going to comment on this one!! Whew!!

June 07 2013 at 1:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hello Randy!

way to go.... he's a MAN and always will be a MAN, why is this guy destroying his life by choosing a dysfunctional lifestyle. He needs to stay where he is, suppress his "infatuation" for the same sex and get therapy to return to a life that God intended for him.

June 06 2013 at 9:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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well since you christian idiots say god makes every child and plans every day of their life then he obviously planned for him to be transgender. you cant have it both ways he either plans every day of your life or he does nothing and is non existent.

August 14 2013 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If "he" gets gender reassignment surgery, and hormone therapy "he" will have female genitals and breasts and will no longer be a "he". but will be a "she". And , there is nothing "dysfunctional" about being a woman. BTW, "God" has nothing to do with this, it is strictly a medical issue.

November 14 2013 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the first!?!? how many are there??

June 06 2013 at 6:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I hope they get Osama bin Laden someday. No evidence to back the latest story.

June 06 2013 at 6:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Thank You for serving! Thank You for keeping us safe , I wish you a long and happy life !

June 06 2013 at 5:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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