The American Military Partner Association, the nation’s largest organization of partners, spouses, families and allies of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members and veterans, announced that Kristin Beck, a retired transgender U.S. Navy SEAL, will be honored at the 2nd Annual AMPA National Gala on Saturday, May 9, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
“Kristin Beck has become one of the nation’s most inspirational voices in the struggle for open and honest service by transgender service members,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “Her valor and sacrifice inspire us in our work for our nation’s modern military families. Her story is also a stark reminder of the progress we have yet to make for the thousands of transgender service members and their families currently serving in silence.
Beck is known to be the first transgender female Navy SEAL. She was thrust into the international spotlight after sharing her story on CNN with Anderson Cooper in June of 2013. She has become a passionate advocate for equality around the country and continues to appear in major media outlets as a voice for fairness and equality.