Retired US Navy SEAL fights for transgender acceptance.
(Article via CNN, 13 AUG 2014. Source.)
Despite 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, including 13 tours of combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristin Beck says her struggles for acceptance and respect as a transgender American represent her most difficult mission. Beck is a highly-decorated veteran who once stood atop Saddam Hussein’s palace, trained in special tactical warfare, and served on SEAL Team 1, SEAL Team 5, and SEAL Team 6 as Senior Chief Christopher Beck of the U.S. Navy.
Executive produced by Herzog & Company (HCO) in association with Easy Day Media Group, LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story, is produced by Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen, and directed by Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog. The two-hour film will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.
In 2013, approximately 18 months after her retirement from active service, Beck was the first person to come out publicly as a transgender former Navy SEAL in an extended profile on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° – surprising friends, colleagues, and family. She also disclosed her identity on LinkedIn. While many around her have been supportive, some have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected.
“CNN Films is proud to have commissioned such a unique and important film. LADY VALOR is a powerful statement on our preconceived notions and prejudices of transgender Americans. Kristin Beck is a dynamic individual, whose outspoken voice allows us a deeper understanding of such an emotionally intense, personal transformation,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.
During the film, Beck also returns to her college, Virginia Military Institute, for her 25th class reunion. Gazing out onto a football field, she points to the men and women participating in the game activities and says: “some of us need to have a little different journey. That’s what we defend. That’s what all these young men right here defend.”
LADY VALOR premiered as an official selection of the SXSW Film Festival and has since been an official selection at Hot Docs, Outfest Los Angeles, The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and Frameline38 festivals in 2014. LADY VALOR will be available, in simulcast on Sept. 4, through CNNx for iPad, as well as through “Watch CNN” via www.CNN.com, and CNN’s mobile applications. The two-hour film will also encore on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern.
Beck’s personal reflections and more information about her active duty service will be published via www.CNN.com/ladyvalor before the premiere of the film on CNN/U.S. More information about LADY VALOR may also be found by visitingwww.LadyValor.com and by following @CNNFilms and @theLadyValor via Twitter.