Trans former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck survived wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia but wanted to end it all because of the book she co-wrote about her harrowing story.
‘Book contract is totally one sided in favor of publisher/psychologist with no end date and unlimited "ownership" of my life,’ she wrote in a scathing Facebook post on Tuesday (30 December).
In Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming out Transgender, Beck touched on some of the biggest challenges of being trans in the US military.
‘All money I would normally get by royalty from sales are used by the "evil-empire-publisher" to pay lawyers to fight against me and talk to Hollywood about a film,’ she wrote. ‘I attempted suicide due to this book and that evil psychologist.’
The book’s co-author, Anne Speckhard, could not be reached by Gay Star News for comment.
The documentary film, Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, that aired on CNN in the fall also did not help Beck financially.
‘Lost money making the documentary film with CNN, getting hate mail and death threats,’ she wrote. ‘People write to me by thousands and if I don’t respond they get angry and hateful.’
In addition to the book and documentary complaints, Beck writes of losing a $200,000 a year job, losing family, losing friends.
‘Was even living out of my car,’ she wrote.
Beck also takes issue with Rolling Stone and an article it published about transgender activists in 2014.
‘It focused on Hollywood and Models… They write and parade the "Beautiful People" who make millions off "activism" and ignored the activists in everyday life.’
Beck told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a televised interview she ‘fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’
But in the US, trans men and women are banned from serving in the military, and so she kept her true identity hidden as she was deployed 13 times to some of the most dangerous places in the world.
Beck was later awarded with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for her military service.