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Lady Valor - Free Film Screening and Panel Discussion

29 October 2017 Published in Past Events

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Tuesday, November 7, 7-10 p.m., Provo Library,
550 N University Ave., Provo, UT 84601

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.

On October 30th, the Federal courts recognized that the transgender military ban was blatantly unconstitutional. This is the first decision striking down President Trump’s ban, but it won’t be the last. As all of these cases move forward, ACLU national will continue to work to ensure that transgender service members receive the equal treatment they deserve.

Join us for a free Provo film screening of Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story and post film discussion on issues confronting Utah’s transgender community on Tuesday, November 7, at the Provo Library

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.)

Lady Valor - Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 7, 7-10 p.m.
Provo Library, 550 N University Ave., Provo, UT 84601
Presented in partnership with PFLG-Provo/Utah County

Panelists include:

 

  • Olivia Jaramillo, active-duty member of the US Airforce
  • Lieutenant Colonel Donald A. Coe, retired, US Army
  • Jeff Case, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Veteran Administration, US Army
  • Moderated by Prof. Roni Jo Draper, Dept. of Education, Brigham Young University

 

We hope to see you there!

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.