Here’s one of those stories that just really inspires me. I don’t buy into the hero worship of the military, but Kristin Beck is a certified badass. Not so much because she’s a former member of of the SEALs (and SEAL Team 6 at that!), but because she managed to survive the intense male- and masculinity-dominated monolith that is the US military, particularly the elite special forces units. I haven’t yet read her book, but the excerpts I’ve found and the commentary I’ve read from her portray an incredibly strong woman. The fact that she had to endure living the closet to continue her military career is such a disappointment. (Despite the repeal of Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell, transgender people are still barred from military service) I’m also very impressed and touched that the members of her former unit have been accepting and supportive of her and her decision to transition.
Congratulations on the release of your book, Kristin. You are an inspiration and a hero, through and through!