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Transgender Former Navy SEAL Speaks With Anderson Cooper

Kristin Beck, the first out transgender Navy Seal, sat down with Anderson Cooper for an interview. "I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want some happiness."

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Kristen Beck is the first out transgender Navy Seal:

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Beck, who has been awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, has been deployed 13 times, serving in places such as Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. She did not come out as transgender until 2011, after she had completed her service, due to the fact transgender men and women are currently banned from service in the military.

"No one ever met the real me," she says about the years she spent in the military. She kept this secret buried deep, even from the men and women she trusted her life with.

Watch both segments of the interview:

Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.

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