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Lady Valor - Free Film Screening and Panel Discussion

05 September 2017 Published in Events

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Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City UT 84101

When President Trump took to Twitter on the morning of July 26 to announce a ban on open transgender service, he disrupted the lives and careers of thousands of transgender troops. The new directive bars enlistment by transgender individuals, prohibits coverage for certain critical medical procedures, and bans those currently in the military from serving, with the Secretary of Defense given discretion to determine how to carry out that ban.

Join us for a free film screening of Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story and post film discussion on Monday, September 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. This event is co-sponsored with the Utah Pride Center and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

This critically acclaimed film highlights the story of former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck who embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield. (See a trailer for Lady Valor below.)

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q+A with panelists: Leah Farrell, Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Utah; Rachel Elliott, Board Member of the ACLU of Utah, and Sue Robbins, Board Chair of the Utah Pride Center, addressing the President’s transgender military service members ban and other issues affecting the transgender community in Utah.

Lady Valor - Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 pm,
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art,
20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City UT 84101
Panelists include:
Leah Farrell, Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Utah
Rachel Elliott, Board Member of the ACLU of Utah
Sue Robbins, Board Chair of the Utah Pride Center

Presented in Partnership with the Utah Pride Center and UMOCA

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From the film's website - In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

Kristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite special forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group – what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon. But Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise.

This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months after the AC360 piece had aired, and the truth is still fresh and emotional for those closest to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.