RICHMOND, Va. -- A decorated U.S. Navy SEAL and transgender activist spoke in Richmond Friday.
Kristin Beck shared her experience transitioning from a man to a woman as part of a LGBT committee event at the McGuire VA Medical Center.
She served 30 years and 13 deployments as Chris, earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and two Defense Meritorious service medals before transitioning in retirement.
Beck said the world’s acceptance of transgender people has come a long way since she entered the military.
"I think we're getting better, just because people are being educated. People are starting to figure out that it’s not the stereotypes you think it is,” said Beck. “It’s not a big deal we're just normal people."
Kristen recently wrote a book called 'Warrior Princess - A U.S. Navy Seal's journey to coming out Transgender'.
Beck is also the subject of a CNN documentary called “Lady Valor,” It's available online.
Beck is currently running for a House seat in Congress for the state of Maryland.