Kristin Beck is a 20-year veteran who served as Navy SEAL. She’s also transgender. After Trump’s announcement that the U.S. military would no longer allow transgender Americans to serve, she gave the perfect Navy SEAL response:
“Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy.”
In an interview with Business Insider, Beck described how transgender people impact military operations. “Being transgender doesn’t affect anyone else,” she said. “We are liberty’s light. If you can’t defend that for everyone that’s an American citizen, that’s not right.”
Beck was deployed 13 times over a two-decade period and served on SEAL Teams 1,5, and 6—the team that killed Osama Bin Laden. She also received the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart.
“I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats,” she said. “I defended for everyone.”
She also criticized Trump’s reason that the cost of medical treatment is too much of a financial burden on the military. ““You’re talking about .000001% of the military budget,” she said, citing Defense Department-commissioned study by the Rand Corporation that estimated the cost of gender reassignment and health costs would cost between $2.4 and $8.4 million per year, of the military’s $580 billion budget.
“They care more about the airplane or the tank than they care about people,” Beck continued. “They don’t care about people. They don’t care about human beings.”
Trump’s stance on transgender people comprising the military’s decision-making process is also a lie, Beck said. “I can have a Muslim serving right beside Jerry Falwell, and we’re not going to have a problem,” she said. “It’s a leadership issue, not a transgender issue.”
Kristen Beck is an American hero. Trump’s decision will prevent more people like her from protecting the country. The .000001% the military would gain financially (while losing 15,000 troops) is nothing compared to what the country will lose in not having soldiers like Beck serving anymore.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) July 26, 2017