World champion powerlifter Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski came out as transgender in an emotional Facebook post. The 42-year-old athlete has selected to be referred to as Janae Marie Kroc from now on. She describes herself as ‘Transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body ‘ on Instagram.
There has obviously been a great deal of gossip, rumors and questions about me the past few days. To put them to rest: yes, I am transgender/gender fluid.
First, I would like to be clear that I had planned to wait until my sons were out of high school before I became openly public about this. As that no longer is an option, I will address it now.
I have been very open about this for many years among my family, close friends, and in the powerlifting community, but I realize for many of you this has been a huge shock. This is something that I have been dealing with my entire life and has been extremely difficult for me. In fact, it even drove me to consider suicide at one point.
I never wanted nor asked for this, and fought this as hard as I could for a very long time. I have finally reached a point where I am comfortable with and proud of whom I am, even if a lot of people don’t understand.
I have received an unimaginable amount of support and love in the last twenty four hours from family, friends, fans, and strangers alike and I want to thank every single one of you that have reached out to me. It honestly means more to me that I can possibly express with the written word.
I will share my story in more detail in the coming weeks. In the mean time you can follow me on Instagram @janaemariekroc and my Facebook page can be found under my friends list on facebook under Janae Marie.
In addition to being a world record holding powerlifter, the former Marine was selected for Presidential Security duty serving under President Clinton. Naturally, the reaction online ranges from supportive to less than from his shocked fans. Check out the beautiful Janae below.