Kristen “Chief” Beck is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL who gained public attention in 2013 when she came out as a trans woman.
Chris Beck grew up near Buffalo N.Y. and eastern Pennsylvania, attended Virginia Military Institute and served 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL. Beck was deployed 13 times, including seven combat missions, served as part of the anti-terrorism unit known as SEAL Team Six, and received multiple military honors, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and retired from the Navy as Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator in 2011.
After retirement, Beck began her transition by dressing as a woman. In 2013, she came out publicly, and published her memoir, “Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender.”
The following year, the documentary “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story,” aired on CNN.
In 2015, Beck made a bid for Maryland’s 5th District Congressional seat, but finished second in the 2016 Democratic primary behind Rep. Steny Hoyer.
Beck lives in Upper Marlboro, Md.
July 19th, 2022 | Season 3 | 59 mins 17 secs
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