LGBTQIA+ HISTORY // DAY 21: .
Janae Kroc is a genderfluid bodybuilder and powerlifter, born in 1972. She grew up in a rural low-income area, and spent her childhood weightlifting with homemade equipment. .
Janae served in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995. Afterward, she was selected to serve as security duty for President Clinton, several figures in the Pentagon, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Janae started competing in powerlifting and bodybuilding events in the early 1990s, and continues to this day. She described herself as being the Manliest of the Manly Men at that time in her life, and her methods of training were largely influential on powerlifting culture as we know it today. In the 2000s, Janae became a world champion, a world record holding powerlifter, and a National Physique Committee bodybuilder.
Also in the 2000s, Janae married a woman, and the two had three sons together. She also graduated college in 2002 and worked as a pharmacist alongside powerlifting and bodybuilding. .
In 2015, Janae came out to her family and the public as transgender and genderfluid. She had been known for her hyper-masculine physique and presentation, and her coming out was a shock to her family and fans. She had facial feminization surgery, started hormone therapy, and began using she/her pronouns. In 2017, netflix explored her life, transition, how she handled parenting and her relationships in the documentary Transformer.
Janae's career and transition are still moving forward, and she continues to document her journey on YouTube and Instagram. She has become a transgender icon, and remains a huge figure in the world of bodybuilding and powerlifting. .
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