Kristin BeckChris Beck was an esteemed member of the elite Navy SEALs. He was a trusted warrior in battle, deployed 13 times on several dangerous missions. Beck’s parents, friends and fellow soldiers described him as dependable, trustworthy and honest, but Chris was struggling with a secret that could’ve derailed his storied career.

Chris was transgender and suppressing Kristin, the woman he knew he was.

In a newly-released biography, Warrior Princess, Beck explores her transitioning process after a storied 20-year military career.

Anne Speckhard, co-author of the memoir, tells ABC News, “Chris really wanted to be a girl and felt that she was a girl and consolidated that identity very early on in childhood.”

Warrior Princess documents the decorated soldier’s “fight to be free inside one’s own body.” The description continues: “This is the journey of a girl in a man’s body and her road to self-actualization as a woman amidst the PTSD of war, family rejection and our society’s strict gender rules and perceptions. It is about a fight to be free inside one’s own body, a fight that requires the strength of a Warrior Princess.”

ABC News reports:

The book says that Chris “had considered living as the woman he felt himself to be for a very long time, but while he was serving as a SEAL he couldn’t do it.”

“For years Chris had turned off his sexuality like a light switch and lived as a warrior, consumed with the battle — living basically asexual. For Chris the other SEALs were brothers and in the man’s man warrior lifestyle, even if he had wanted to entertain sexual thoughts, there really was never any time to be thinking too much about sexuality,” the book says.

After her retirement in 2011, however, “Now seemed the right time to go for it — to make his body match his identity — or at least start by dressing like a woman in his regular life.”

Speckhard said Beck first announced her decision to friends online with the declaration “No more disguises” and the book describes her going out to gay bars in Florida as a woman.

The book is being heralded as “one of the smartest and most important books of the year,” but Beck’s goal is much larger. She said she penned the book “to reach out to all of the younger generation and encourage you to live your life fully and to treat each other with compassion, be good to each other, especially in your own backyard (where it be high school or your community).”

Beck is currently receiving hormone therapy and is preparing for sexual reassignment surgery.

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  • Jaslene

    Lol at the title warrior princess. I always feel that we have discussions about gender stereotypes but it seem those that give into them the most are those that are transgender.

    • ….

      TRUE.Like wearing a skirt does not equal a true woman or wearing pink ect.You should be able to feel like a woman in jeans, tshirt,and tims.

    • Johana

      You haven’t met many women who are trans. I know one who is a tomboy lesbian, she abhors girly things, but you cannot and will not tell her that she isn’t a woman. Her wife is the exact opposite and is cisgendered.

  • talaktochoba

    people should recall that faggot was originally a term applied to the kind of upper-crust cigarette one smoked with a holder;

    i believe they were also known as cheroots and a number of other terms;

    it became a common sneer that “anyone who would put that between their lips would suck a d-“, well, you get the picture;

    now as to this TG, it would be interesting to know his/her geenetic makeup and physiology, since SEALs work in impossibly too close quarters for it to go unnoticed something anatomically extra or missing;

    Chris may think he/she is a woman, but the raw physical strength required to be a SEAL far surpasses that a woman could achieve and sustain;

  • Lynne

    While I fully support the LGBT community in their quest for recognized equality, may I just say this person’s “After” photo looks AB-SURD.

  • The Comment

    More power to you but I hate the transition part of it. And why when they are going thru pre-op they always take a job at the Taco Bell Drive Thru??? That puzzles me.

    • Johana

      My friend continued to work at clothing stores. I’m not sure if you were trying to be funny or not, but you’ve failed in everything. Including life. That’s all.

  • Johana

    The only problem I had with this is the constant mentioning of sexuality. Transgenderism and transsexualism have NOTHING to do with sexuality or what you’re attracted to. There are lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual FTMs and MTFs. Other than that, I’m so happy that Clutch posted this story.

    • Johana

      Excuse that mistake, there are gay FTMs and lesbian MTFs, I should have just said homosexual instead…