Photo composite via Sandi Foraci and Kristen Beck

Last year, a former Navy SEAL known as Christopher Beck came out as Kristin, a transgender woman, after 20 years of service in one of the most demanding, courageous, and tightly knit military units on earth. In a June 2013 interview with Anderson Cooper, Kristin articulated the effect of the U.S. military’s ban on transgender service: A life in the shadows, constantly suppressing one of the most fundamental aspects of her identity for fear of the shame, humiliation, and punishment associated with being discovered. In 20 years, she says, “no one ever met the real me.”

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Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza

Military servicewomen are being denied the right to adequate reproductive and sexual health care that they have fought and died for, a new report says.

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