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Hue Mi
06-04-2013, 05:16 PM
God Bless America. Beck, thank you for your service to our great country. Best of luck in your 'new' life.

Transgender Navy SEAL is a 'Warrior Princess' (http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/06/04/T...2411370346504/)

Meet Kristen Beck, who for years hid her identity as a transgendered woman while serving multiple tours as one of the most elite members of the military.


Chris Beck now lives as Kristen Beck. (Courtesy photo)

Published: June 4, 2013 at 7:50 AM
By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com (http://www.upi.com/author/Gabrielle-Levy/)

One of the military's elite members, retired Navy SEAL Christopher Beck, was not who he said he was.
Not really, anyway: For a career that earned him a Bronze Star with valor and a Purple Heart, through service in three different SEAL commands including the elite SEAL Team 6, Christopher Beck hid his identity as a transgendered woman.

Chris now lives openly as Kristen Beck, something she could never do while serving seven combat deployments, struggling with the feelings that she was trapped within her male body while serving tours in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now, in a memoir called "Warrior Princess (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D5CXCLY/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00D5CXCLY&linkCode=as2&tag=s0dd5-20)," published Sunday, Beck describes the life in an exclusively male profession and her transition from football-playing war hero to the woman she always felt was underneath the surface.

"It was weird that I could grow a beard and trick them into thinking I was one of them," she writes, describing the experience of dressing up as an Afghan man. "And really I'm an Amazon woman in disguise as a U.S. military guy in disguise as a Pashtun!"

In the book, co-authored with Anne Speckhard, Beck talks about coming out to friends and colleagues shortly after her retirement in 2011, when she began to make the physical transformation into being a woman.

As a man, Beck married and fathered two children, but frequently escaped into overseas tours to avoid facing the deeper issues of her real identity.

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