Kristin Beck

Transgender Law Center applauds Kristin Beck for her courage in coming out as transgender. Beck is a Navy SEAL who served in Team 6, the unit assigned to capture Osama Bin Laden.

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From Salon:

Soon, the responses from SEALs stationed all around the world suddenly started pouring in: “Brother, I am with you … being a SEAL is hard, this looks harder. Peace” * “I can’t say I understand the decision but I respect the courage. Peace and happiness be upon you…Jim” * ” … I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you that Kris has all the support and respect from me that Chris had … and quite possibly more. While I’m definitely surprised, I’m also in amazement at the strength you possess and the courage necessary to combat the strangers and ‘friends’ that I’m guessing have reared their ugly heads prior to and since your announcement. …”

Transgender rights continue to be a blind spot in much mainstream coverage of LGBT equality, but it’s possible that the visibility of Beck’s story, as well as her military bona fides, could lead the Pentagon to revisit its policy against trans service members.