mari.

advocate.com
World record bodybuilder comes out as trans and gender-fluid
Fans who knew the champion bodybuilder as 'Kroc' now can call her Janae Marie Kroc, a transgender woman and self-described 'gender-fluid alpha male/girly girl lesbian in a male body.'

Janae Marie Kroc, a world-renowned bodybuilder, powerlifter and trainer who was formerly known as Matt Kroc, has come out as trans and genderfluid.

She used female pronouns to refer to herself in an open letter about her transition, and stated that she is both “hyper-masculine and hyper-feminine.” About three weeks ago, she tagged an Instagram photo of herself with the words “#transgender,” “#genderfluid,” “#mtf,” “#nonbinary” and “#girlslikeus.” 

Kroc told her fans via Instagram and in a subsequent statement to a bodybuilding website that she considers herself an “Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body” and that she is single. […]

Some fans were in disbelief, thinking her transition was a joke, despite reports on GayStarNews,Headlines and Global News, and other sites. So Kroc wrote a second online statement to dispel any lingering doubts:

“First, yes this is really me and yes I am transgender. Second, one does not ‘become’ transgender, you are or you aren’t. I have known this since I was five years old and it has been a very heavy burden to carry.

“I never asked for nor did I want this. For most of my life I would have given anything to not feel the way I do and at one point it drove me to consider suicide. Now I am perfectly comfortable with who I am and have been very open about this for many years.”

What a year it’s been for powerful athletes coming out as powerful trans role models. Congratulations, Janae! 

My two cents

With the discussion about Tumblr blogs being/not being “real” blogs, I wanted to chime in with some thoughts of my own. This blog has been a life saver for me. A year and a half ago, I hardly read anymore, I had absolutely no one to talk to about books and I was not up to date with anything bookish related. This all change the second I made this book blog. I started reading more, because I actually had people recommend me books, I saw them talk about the books they were reading, I saw the opinions that they posted here, I was up to date with bookish news and inspired at the same time. I was no longer alone. 

Little by little, I started working on my book blog. I started being more vocal about the books that I was reading, I started posting reviews, which, truthfully, did not get much exposure at first, but that didn’t stop me. I kept at it. I now have reviews that have over 150 notes, I’ve had a ton of people message me about the books that they have read because of me, I’ve had contact with authors - something I never dreamt was possible, I’ve started booktubing (and a lot of my subscription base comes first and foremost from tumblr), I’ve started requesting books from NetGalley (I hardly ever get approved, because of my location, but that doesn’t stop me) and I keep trying every day to better this blog because for me, it’s a legitimate bookish platform for recommendations and discussion. Yes, I reblog things. Yes, I post personal stuff. But at the same time, this blog allows me to be in contact with other people, to talk about the books that we read, to organize readalongs, bookish events; all sorts of amazing things have happened thanks to this blog.

So I am 100% on the side of Tumblr being a legitimate platform for book reviewing and discussion. And I’m sure I’m not alone in believing this.