Kristin Beck, a former member of the U.S. Navy SEALs, says she didn't come out while in the military because she feared for her life.

The 46-year-old Beck, formerly Chris Beck, who served 20 years as a SEAL, came out transgender in the biography Warrior Princess.

Beck began her transition after retiring in 2011.

In an appearance on Anderson Cooper 360, Beck said that if she had come out transgender while serving “I might be dead today.”

“If it got out while I was on active duty … It's hard to say what the reaction would be,” she said.

“That's a fear I have right now. There's a lot of prejudice out there. There's been a lot of transgender people who are killed for prejudice, for hatred.”

“When the book came out, [I received] some amazing support and some amazing praises. But also some pretty amazing bigotry and hatred.”

When Cooper asked, “What do you hope happens?” Beck answered: “I want to have my life. … I fought for 20 years for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want some happiness.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)