We are excited to have Kristin Beck join us in our special Central Oregon screening of Breaking the Silence: an Oral History of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans and Service members.
Beck, served twenty years in the U.S. Navy SEALs, taking part in thirteen deployments, including seven combat deployments. Beck was a member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (known as DEVGRU) and SEAL Team Six, a special counterterrorism unit.
Beck is highly decorated, having received a Bronze Star for Valor for heroism in combat, two Defense Meritorious Service medals, and a Purple Heart. From the boots on the ground search for Osama Bin Ladin to the high heels on the ground work for gender awareness – Beck has been a leader.
Retiring from the Navy in 2011, Beck took a brave step forward toward a new future. After suffering with lifelong gender dysphoria, which contributed to his inability to emotionally mature while being in a male body, Beck began her transition by dressing as a woman. She changed her name to Kristin, and in 2013 started hormone therapy, preparing herself for gender confirmation surgery.
Since coming out in 2011, Kristin Beck has addressed the Pentagon, been a guest speaker at colleges and events throughout the country and has been a guest Grand Marshal for Pride celebrations.
https://www.facebook.com/events/159950274670167/ – Breaking the Silence
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