Janae Marie Kroczaleski
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This world champion powerlifter is gender fluid.
Janae Marie Kroczaleski was born Matthew Raymond Kroczaleski. He was a set a male world record on April 25, 2009, in the 220lb class with 2,551lbs combination (738lbs bench press, 810lb deadlift, and 1003lb back squat).
She began powerlifting contests in 1991 and but it wasn’t until July 2015 that she publicly came out as transgender. In April 2015, she legally changed her name to Janae Marie, the name of his mother.
While she came out as transgender, she is also gender fluid, though she prefers feminine pronouns. She has undergone facial feminization surgery and began her full gender transition with hormone treatments.
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