Born a male (Chris), but changed genders decades after beginning a celebrated military career
Kristin Beck’s story is a fascinating one. A former Navy SEAL, Beck was born a male (Chris), but changed genders decades after beginning a celebrated military career. She documents her harrowing — and surprising — tale in a new book, “Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming out Transgender.”
A description of the book divulges that Chris, who played high school football, rode a motorcycle, served the U.S. on thirteen deployments and earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, had a secret. Despite his past — one during which he was perceived as a “warrior” and a “man” — he was transgender.
“Warrior Princess” documents his transition from male to female and, as the official overview proclaims, the book “is about a fight to be free inside one’s own body.” The description continues: “This is the journey of 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.”
Beck, according to the Atlantic, started hormone therapy in 2011, following retirement from the Navy. Then, the gender change was announced to colleagues when the former SEAL posted a picture of herself dressed as a female on LinkedIn.
The outlet has more about the “Warrior Princess” book and its purported impact on military policy:
According to the book’s author biography, Beck worked in the private sector as a military consultant before being tapped by the Secretary of Defense to develop technology used by active-duty soldiers. Beck’s openness about her post-SEAL life makes her something of an anomaly among SEAL memoirists, who tend to write behind pseudonyms, especially when discussing classified military intelligence. By contrast, Beck includes dozens of pictures from her deployments and her life at home, pre- and post-transition, in Warrior Princess.
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