June 6th, 2013
07:03 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Transgender former Navy SEAL speaks out

Christopher Beck served as a U.S. Navy SEAL in some of the most dangerous battlegrounds in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. During his time in the elite unite, he earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and other medals and commendations.

But for 20 years while Beck was fighting for his country, he was also fighting an inner battle over his identity. He wanted to live his life as a woman.

After retiring in 2011, Beck did just that. Chris Beck is now Kristin Beck.

Beck's journey has not been easy. She had no role models to show her the way. She worried she wouldn't be accepted after she began dressing and living like a woman.

Hoping to help others, Beck has written a book about her experience and struggles.

In a revealing exclusive interview, she tells Anderson Cooper what it was like to transition from being a masculine Navy SEAL to a feminine woman. She also talks about conquering her fears, being true to herself and much more.

Tune in tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for the fascinating interview.

Filed under: 360° Interview • LGBT • Navy
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jackie Tancos

    I am a pre-op transsexual woman. i have been in transition since 1989. I agree with Ashley with one exception. One must RESPECT and CHERISH the INTEGRITY of ANYONE period. We are human first and foremost. gender has nothing to do with it.

    June 6, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
  2. Renee Robinson

    I am incredibly grateful for the very respectful way that Anderson interviewed Kristen Beck. After 14 years of service, I was unable to retire. In my case, I had the need to be the real me before I made it to my 20 years. It is too bad the military still does not allow transgender. However my only regret is I didn’t start being true to myself sooner.

    June 6, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
  3. Margot Susan

    Such courage, I feel a great deal of empathy for her and wish her the very best in her life going forward.

    June 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Kathy Thompson

    What an amazing "Person"...thank you for your service and your courage and honesty...you make me proud!

    June 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Brian Dolan

    Great interview with Kristen Beck,
    I would like Ms. Beck to know that she owes no apologies, explanations, or anything else because you have sacrificed enough. You just popped a flare on a dark trail for many to follow you and I say job well done. May you find peace and happiness for all of your days.

    June 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  6. ashley woodbury

    having had an opportunity to service and observe the dedication these unique individual sacrifice, one must respect and cherish the integrity of anyone who may become a SEAL.

    Only respect should be appreciated to them to the Nth degree.

    Warriors PLUS!!!!

    June 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm |