Former Navy SEAL hoping to change policy through film detailing her transition, fight for equality

SAN DIEGO - A former San Diegan is now hoping to change U.S. military policy through a new CNN film detailing her transition and her fight for equality.

"Lady Valor" premieres on CNN in September. Before that, the movie will play at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas during a special screening event on Aug. 20.

The film details the transition from Chris to Kristin Beck.

It is the story of a former Navy SEAL and San Diegan, who was once a man and now a woman and her now continued fight for open transgender military service.

"No one ever met the real me," Beck says in the trailer for the film. "No one knew anything."

Late Wednesday night, 10News spoke with Beck over Skype from her home in Washington D.C.

"From the military, I would like them to take a look at it, just a hard honest look at it," Beck told 10News. "You know what the requirements really say for the military and why we are being banned."

Before becoming Kristin, Chris served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and was a former member of SEAL Team Six, the recipient of two dozen medals.

Beck served in the military as a straight man. It was not until 2013 that Beck came out as a transgender woman.

"She has stated that she's still the same person and people really need to understand that and in retrospect, it isn't a big deal," said local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist Sean Sala.

He added that some of the most powerful scenes in the film feature the San Diego LGBT Community Center's "Veterans Wall of Honor" ceremony held last year.

Sala hopes the new CNN film will lead the Department of Defense to revisit its policies against transgender people openly serving in the military.

"I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and I want some happiness," Beck says in the trailer for "Lady Valor."

After the screening, Sala will talk about the issues facing transgender military service members today.

"Lady Valor" premieres on CNN on Sept. 4.

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