In case you missed it, former Navy Seal and prominent transgender activist Kristin Beck has said she'll challenge Rep. Steny Hoyer for his seat in Maryland's Fifth Congressional District.
This week, she was interviewed on MSNBC discussing her intentions for that run and other topics, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's recent comments about transgender military personnel.
On Out There with Thomas Roberts, Beck said she thinks "we need a lot more voices just of the people" in Congress, saying professional politicians like Hoyer "lose touch" when they've been in office for decades.
Beck said she's been living in Maryland for a little over a year, on-and-off for a couple years, and has visited her whole life. Her mother has lived here for more than 20 years.
"This is my home. I'm back home," Beck said.
Beck said on a Seal Team -- she was on Seal Team 6 when in the military -- there are people from all sorts of different backgrounds, but you still have to work as a team. She thinks leaders in Congress need to start working as a team again.
You can watch the full interview here.
In other LGBT-related news from around the web:
- A 31-year-old lesbian from Russia has found a new home in Baltimore, and intends to file for asylum here based on persecution she experienced because of her sexual orientation in her home country, reports the Washington Blade.
- Michael Sam will be competing on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" this season.
- The U.S. has officially appointed its first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, whose job it will be to "reaffirm the universal human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity" around the world.