SEAL Team 6 Vet Comes Out As Transgender In New Memoir

Retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck published a memoir titled Warrior Princess on Tuesday describing her 20-year military career and and her experience coming out as transgender.

Beck was a member of SEAL Team 6, famous for carrying out the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, although she retired from the military shortly before the team was sent to Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2011. Previously, Beck went by the name Chris and decided to undergo hormonal therapy after leaving the service.

Although the 2011 repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell brought an end to discrimination against gays and lesbians in the military, transgender men and women are still banned from service. 

Beck’s fellow SEALs were supportive of her gender transition, according to the Atlantic Wire.

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