Life story

Kristin Beck shares her life story on Tango Alpha Lima

Kristin “Chief” Beck, the first former Navy SEAL to become a woman, is this week’s guest on The American Legion Tango Alpha Lima podcast.

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Beck was a member of SEAL Team 6. Among the chief’s service medals are the Bronze Star with Combat Distinction Device and a Purple Heart. After retiring from the US Navy in 2011, Beck was released two years later.

Chief was born Christopher Beck on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. After coming out, she wrote her memoir, “Warrior Princess: A US Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming out Transgender.”

“My story is a little crazy,” Beck says, advising people not to think too much about how they address her. “Don’t walk on eggshells around me. Just be a human. Just be compassionate. That’s enough. I don’t care about pronouns.

Beck’s appearance on the podcast comes as proposed federal legislation (House Bill 8170) calls on public schools to comply with “specified requirements related to parental consent and student gender identity” or lose funding federal.

“I don’t want you to give me anything more because I’m Kristin Beck, or because I’m a Navy veteran who blew himself up and has bad hearing and all these other things” , said Chief. “I don’t want anything more. You know what I want ? I want what everyone has. I want freedom. I want freedom. I want you to leave me alone. I want my government to leave me alone. There are enough laws on the books for everything. We no longer need laws.

Beck covers a lot of ground, including snippets about wearing dresses growing up, fitting in today, and what it means to be an American at this time in our nation’s history. “America is a great country today.”

This episode is one of nearly 140 that are all available in audio and video formats here. You can also download episodes from iTunes, Stitcher, or other major podcast hosting sites. The video version can be viewed on the Legion’s YouTube channel.

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