The landscape of gender and sexuality is changing as more people begin to accept non-binary definitions of gender and high-profile transgender public figures come out like Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, and now, Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski.
Matt Kroczaleski, a staple of the bodybuilding and powerlifting world, came out Wednesday as transgender on Instagram. She’s now known as Janae Marie Kroc but she’s waiting until her three sons graduate high school to make the surgical transition from male to female. Janae faces unique challenges because she will be starting hormones at a later age when the body is less receptive to hormonal changes. However, she’s sure of her path and her identity – in fact, she’s known since she was 5 years old.
Janae describes herself on Instagram as: “Transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body.” Those are a lot of seemingly opposing characteristics to hold at once but it reflects the complexities and reality which complicate gender and sexuality – especially for those that don’t necessarily fit into a single box.
On her gender identity Janae commented: “In a perfect world I could snap my fingers and go back and forth [between genders] at will but of course that world does not exist. That being said if I am forced to pick a gender I identify with more it is female. However, this really isn’t about me being a boy or a girl or something in between. This is just about me being me, who I am and who I know myself to be.”
In case you’re not up-to-date on your bodybuilding and powerlfiting legends, “Kroc”, as she’s known, set the world record in the 220-pound class with a 2,551 pound lift and was the 2006 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic WPO Powerlifting middleweight champion. Before competing in bodybuilding, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1991-1995. Kroc also beat testicular cancer in 2004.