TOUGH ENOUGH

06.04.13

Navy SEAL Comes Out as Transgender

After retiring.

Will this change the military's policy? After 20 years of service as a Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck has come out as transgender—the first member of the military’s most elite force to do so publicly. Born as a male and named Chris, Beck was on SEAL Team 6, the unit famous for killing Osama bin Laden, although she retired a few months before that mission. Beck has written a new memoir, Warrior Princess, that details her service and her post-SEAL life as a transgender woman. Despite the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 2011, transgender individuals are still barred from serving in the military.