I generally like to stay away from social issues, because frankly, I don’t think they belong in the political sphere. One’s religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc. should be one’s own, and I have a hard time sometimes with the comments I get from people I respect about the issues.
However, I feel I have to mention Kristin Beck – as a military veteran, as someone interested in military issues, and someone with what I like to believe is a shred of human decency, although sometimes I may come off as bloody cold.
I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t know who Kristin Beck is. Kristin Beck is a former Navy SEAL.
Yeah. A kickass operator Christopher Todd Beck, who apparently earned a Bronze Star with valor and a Purple Heart and served in three different SEAL commands – including the exclusive SEAL Team 6 – is now a woman.
In a memoir titled “Warrior Princess,” released Saturday with little fanfare by a tiny publishing company, Beck describes two decades as a member of the Naval Special Warfare command, with seven combat deployments, including service in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Beck describes the internal struggles – believing he was a female trapped in a male body – that began when he was just a boy.
The inner conflict didn’t fade, even as he pursued his career as an elite commando in an exclusively male profession.
It wasn’t until after retiring in 2011 as a senior chief petty officer that Beck came out as a transgender woman, identifying as Kristin.
Beck now works as a military contractor in the Tampa, Fla. area. One of her previous bosses, retired SEAL and astronaut William Shepherd, wrote the book’s foreword, praising Beck’s courage.
What is there to say about this?
Christopher Todd Beck served with distinction. He earned his medals, was wounded in combat and retired as a Senior Chief. He held his doubts about who he was in check. He did his job – apparently with honor. And when he finally left the service, he decided to finally be honest with himself and others, and became a “she.”
I commend Kristin Beck for this. I honor what she has done, and I refuse to pass judgment on what she is – or believes herself to be. It’s none of my business. It shouldn’t be any of ours, either, but it’s an interesting and fascinating story that she felt she needed to tell.
OK. Fine. Tell it.
What I’m not fine with, and what I’ll never be fine with is some of the ignorant comments that have come out of this story.
This is proof that there is just no way of knowing what a person is capable of doing. This is a fine example of why I trust no one around my 6 year old daughter! You never know what is going through someone’s mind, not even the government can filter this sort of thing out…….not that it matters now does it? No more don’t ask don’t tell, now it’s all show and tell. Where’s my magic 8 ball, I need some answers quick! — shitbag #1
Was this guy/girl wounded while on active duty? Like, a shot to the head or something like that. This is just disgusting and those who would tolerate this sickness are just as disgusting. — shitbag #2
I’m glad these types of comments are generally in the minority, but it disgusts me to no end to see someone who has risked his life for his country, got wounded in the service of his country, served his nation honorably and did things most people couldn’t possibly accomplish. I’m fairly sure the two shitbags above weren’t SEALS and couldn’t possibly become SEALS.
Just thank the woman for her service and move on. You don’t want to read about her transition? Then don’t! You want to question why this is front page news? You’re well entitled to do that.
But to spew the kind of poison these two shitbags – as well as others on that site – have spewed is disrespectful to an honorable and challenging career.