Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal's Journey to Coming Out Transgender

Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal's Journey to Coming Out Transgender

Kristin Beck, Anne Speckhard

Language: English

Pages: 254

ISBN: 1935866435

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Chris Beck played high school football. He bought a motorcycle, much to his mother's dismay, at age 17. He grew up to become a U.S. Navy SEAL, serving our country for twenty years on thirteen deployments, including seven combat deployments, and ultimately earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. To everyone who saw him, he was a hero. A warrior. A man. But underneath his burly beard, Chris had a secret, one that had been buried deep inside his heart since he was a little boy-one as hidden as the panty hose in the back of his drawer. He was transgender, and the woman inside needed to get out. 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. It is about a fight to be free inside one's own body, a fight that requires the strength of a Warrior Princess. Kristin's story of boy to woman explores the tangled emotions of the transgender experience and opens up a new dialogue about being male or female: Is gender merely between your legs or is it something much bigger?

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big wave and the ladder went very loose then suddenly snapped, sending Chris flying off into space. Chris landed on the center console of the RHIB, cracking his body armor back ceramic plate. Stunned and in pain, Chris lay on the floorboards of the RHIB near the .50 gunner near the front. His teammate Smitty began the climb to get the safety strap hooked so they could finish the mission—there was no stopping the SEALs. Then ‘Circus’, a SEAL whose father owned the animals for a major circus

her—how hard it was over there, how many of the guys were gone. He did love and appreciate her—especially for being the good mother she was to their sons. But it was true: he couldn’t love her the way she wanted to be loved. He wasn’t the man and couldn’t be the husband she needed. Can someone please take care of me? Chris cried out inside his mind. Can I be pretty? I’m always dirty! I’m always full of blood and muck! Can anyone take care of me? But these were all unacceptable things to

After the memorial service, Chris stayed at the family house in Maryland. He wore a black suit with a small trident and Purple Heart pin to the funeral, but back at home, he put his dress back on. His family wasn’t happy. “It’s odd and someone might see,” they continued to say. “What if the neighbors come over?” “How can you wear a dress when you just returned from being a SEAL and honoring the guys that just died?” his sister asked shaking her head. The rest of the family just went about

support. Did it shock the living shit out of me? Yes.” “You know there are so many pros and cons about coming out,” Kris piped in. “And I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. It would be so much easier to not have this issue.” “Yes passing this may be worse than passing BUD/S,” John commented. “Here’s what the problem is going to be. Some of them are not secure in their masculinity. Me—I don’t give a shit. If the shit hits the fan, I can take care of me and my family. To a lot of people that is

for the Departments. He was selected to duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) in April 2012. He has since developed many technologies that will be in the warfighters hands soon. Chris announced his intentions to live his life as a woman in the beginning of 2013. Now, Kristin intends to be an activist in an effort to bring understanding and compassion for the Transgender community and wishes to continue her service to Peace and

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