Edmonton Eskimos center Alexander Krausnick discusses being raised
by a lesbian couple.
The 24-year-old Krausnick told the Edmonton
Sun that he and his twin brother Jon were raised in a two-mom
“My mother, Charlynn, is gay. I never knew my father. They had
a relationship. He didn't want to stick around. I grew up with my
identical twin Jon,” the professional football player said.
“Barb Krausnick-Groh became my second mom. They got married and
the whole process. She'd been in our lives since we were about
Krausnick said that he grew up playing “a ton of different
sports,” including rugby, curling, basketball, soccer and baseball.
“A lot of people also assume, since you grow up in a gay
marriage, you're not going to feel or experience the same things as
other kids. I grew up with two mothers and more involved in sports
[than] most people think. And I never took dance lessons.”
Krausnick, who married his wife Kaitlyn in January, said that he
was teased growing up that he would turn out to be gay.
Krausnick's parents split after he and his brother left home.
“Everybody should be able to live their own life. I live my
life. I don't judge anybody else. A lot of gay people are still
afraid to come out of the closet,” he said. “I don't think they
“Canada is one of the best countries in the world for equal
rights. We were one of the first nations to allow gay marriage. I'm
pretty proud of being Canadian.”