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Transgender Navy SEAL fighting for change

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

As a Navy SEAL Chris Beck fought in some of the harshest battles in some of the harshest places; now, Beck is fighting a different kind of battle.

Now known as Kristin Beck, she's fighting for the same rights as everyone else.

"Being transgender, I can be fired from my job," she said. "I have no employment equality, I have no housing equality. It's a human rights thing,"

It should be no surprise she's pleased the Pinellas County commission voted to move forward with protecting transgender rights.

The goal is to give transgendered people the same human protection that bans discrimination of gay and lesbian people. 

Tuesday's vote puts the proposal up for a public hearing in two weeks.

"You don't need to build extra bathrooms in the public places in the county, you don't have to build public restrooms in your restaurant," Beck said. "We don't need that. We just want to be equal human beings. That's all."

County Commissioner Charlie Justice agreed. He said this is best for everyone, not just the transgender community.

"This will put those protections in place and give those people who feel they have been discriminated - it will give them a vehicle to seek correction," he said.

"Why would you not want me to be equal?" Beck said. "Is there anything I'm doing that offends anyone so badly?"

The proposal is also supported by the ACLU.

The St. Pete Chamber of Commerce and other areas in the state are considering similar action.

"It seems like every county is moving in this direction. It's happening. It's just too bad we have to fight these little tiny fights," Beck said.

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