Former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck has made a splash in and outside the military ever since she came out as transgender. She’s written a book about the process -from her 13 deployments, seven involving combat, to her later years as she began to transition from male to female.
She’s used her background, and her chest full of metals, as a kind of tool to show what many transfolks already know – sometimes its the most masculine of us who have to hide the most.
But with the loss of Hillary Clinton, much of the nation’s transgender population is in turmoil, unsure what the future holds under a conservative regime.
But Beck hopes she can make impacts by being in the White House while Trump is in office.
“I’ll carry their coffee if that’s what they want — just so I’m there, just so I’m visible and I exist, and so they see a veteran who is going through life who maybe they don’t understand,” Beck told Military.com during in a story published over the weekend. “Maybe with that understanding, they can build some compassion and they’ll understand what liberty means to me.”
Beck retired from the service in 2011. It wasn’t until June of this year that transgender members of the military were allowed to serve openly. They also guided government health plans through Tricare to offer treatments like hormone replacement therapy. But all of that is very much up in the air now – they’ve already scrapped a plan to cover sex change operations which had been in the works since the summer.
And Trump’s few remarks on transgender people serving in the military has fallen in line with much of his party’s stance.
“Some of the things that they’re asking you to do and be politically correct about are ridiculous,” Trump told the audience at the Retired American Warriors event in Northern Virginia according to Military.com.