Former Navy SEAL Chris Beck (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
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Former Navy SEAL Chris Beck, who gained national attention for coming out as Kristin Beck in a 2013 interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, announced Thursday that he is de-transitioning back to being a man after realizing that he was "propagandized" and "used badly by a lot of people," the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
Beck announced his plan to de-transition during an interview with political commentator Robby Starbuck. During the two-hour conversation, Beck addressed how the media used him to promote transgender ideology and warned about the dangers of children transitioning.
"What I see as conversion right now is the fact that you had a psychologist, you had CNN, you had everybody else," Beck explained. "You have the entire media. Everyone is converting all these kids into transgender."
According to the former Navy SEAL, who served 20 years on special operations teams, he was told by a psychologist that he was transgender after a single one-hour session. That same psychologist, Anne Speckhard, then manipulated Beck into co-authoring a book.
"I got taken advantage of," Beck stated. "I got propagandized. I got used badly by a lot of people who had knowledge way beyond me that they knew what they were doing."
Beck stated that halfway through writing "Warrior Princess" with Speckhard, he had doubts and requested that it not be published. However, according to Beck, the co-authored book was released without his permission.
Beck told Starbuck that when he first met the psychologist, she "love-bombed" him and convinced him to write the book that turned her into a millionaire. Following the release of the book, Beck says he was overwhelmed with media attention.
A few days after the book was released, Beck was interviewed about his transition journey by CNN's Anderson Cooper. Beck now claims that the news outlet "used" him and "destroyed [his] life."
The former Navy SEAL discussed how speaking out against the transgender movement, which he referred to as a "cult" several times throughout the interview, would get him booted from the community.
"If they think that their narrative is so sacred that you can't even speak out against it, as soon as you say something, you're out," said Beck. "You're excommunicated. You are a Nazi. They ramp it up so fast."
Beck explained the dangers of medical professionals' "automatic acceptance" of children who have self-diagnosed themselves as transgender. He added that doctors should require "a minimum number of sessions" before allowing children to undergo life-altering hormone therapy treatment or gender-mutilating surgeries.
"There's a lot of complications with these surgeries," Beck noted. "And that's a part that they don't really talk about."
Beck told Starbuck that he came on the podcast to take "full responsibility" for promoting gender ideology and stated that, at the time, he was "naive." He explained that he is concerned that children are "being talked into this."
"I don't want this to continue, and I don't want these kids to get hurt," Beck stated.
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Candace Hathaway is a staff writer for Blaze News.