Donald Trump banned transgender people from the U.S. military. Retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck’s not having it.
“Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy,” Kristin Beck told Business Insider on Weds. after Donald Trump declared transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. Military.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.
As a veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs’ Team Six and a transgender woman, Kristin Beck not having it. “Transgender doesn’t matter. Do your service,” she explains. She also told Business Insider Donald Trump’s loose talk could have negative effects on recruitment as well as on morale for those now serving.
Last year the RAND Corporation — a nonprofit that conducts research and analysis to improve policy and decision-making — estimated we have at least 1,320 and possibly as many as 6,630 transgender people in the military. Kristin Beck says they should be able to serve our country like anyone else.
“Being transgender doesn’t affect anyone else. We are liberty’s light. If you can’t defend that for everyone that’s an American citizen, that’s not right.”
And she should know. Kristin Beck’s bad-ass even by Navy SEAL standards. Over the course of 20 years and 13 Deployments, she’s served on SEAL Teams 1, 5, and the elite Team 6. She’s risked life and limb in trouble spots like Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart for being wounded in combat.
And, unlike Donald Trump, the soldier formerly known as Christopher Beck was fighting to defend freedom for all of us, not just people she agrees with.
“I was defending individual liberty. I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats. I defended for everyone.”
And Kristin Beck was fuming over Trump’s complaints about the “tremendous medical costs.”
“The money is negligible. You’re talking about .000001 percent of the military budget.
As has become typical of Republicans, the GOP’s president cares too much about how much things cost and not enough about his fellow Americans. Kristen Beck angrily pointed out they don’t seem to care about soldiers at all.
“They care more about the airplane or the tank than they care about people. They don’t care about people. They don’t care about human beings.”
Kristin Beck also scoffed at Donald Trump’s comment about transgender soldiers causing “disruption.”
“A very professional unit with great leadership wouldn’t have a problem,” Beck said. “I can have a Muslim serving right beside Jerry Falwell, and we’re not going to have a problem. It’s a leadership issue, not a transgender issue.”
Former U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck talks about coming out as transgender.
Back in September 2014 Kristin Beck made news headlines with “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story,” a movie based on her life and her book, “Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal’s Journey to Coming Out Transgender.”
She also talked with CNN’s AC360, explaining how after serving, she finally came out as transgender in 2011.
“I want to have my life. I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want some happiness.”
As with transgender people everywhere, she said she’s felt “trapped in the wrong body” since she was a child. But she suppressed those feelings because she also passionately wanted to serve in the military. Back then, that door would have been closed to her and now Donald Trump and the Republican Party want to slam it shut for the next generation.
Here’s CNN’s 2014 video with her fascinating back story.
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