Justine Lindsay becomes the NFL’s first openly transgender cheerleader who originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Justine Lindsay is breaking barriers as the first openly transgender woman on an NFL cheerleading squad.
The 29-year-old announced via Instagram on March 30 that she was a member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats Cheerleaders and it’s a “dream come true.”
The 29-year-old made an announcement via Instagram on March 30.
According to an interview with BuzzFeed News, Lindsay’s post not only revealed she’s trans to her new castmates, but also to people she hangs out with on a regular basis. The only people in Lindsay’s life who knew her true colors were her family.
“Cats Out the Bag you’re looking at @topcats newest member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats Cheerleader as the first transgender woman,” the caption begins below a photo of Lindsay posing happily on the Panthers field.
“I was so scared,” Lindsay said in the interview. “There are just some things you can’t post.”
Lindsay also credits her new cheer coach Chandalae Lanouette for taking a “leap of faith” in recruiting her to the team. According to Lanouette, Lindsay had indicated she was trans on the request, but it was her incredible talent that earned her a spot on the team.
On June 6, Linsday posted another Instagram reflecting on the LGBTQ+ community and how the Carolina Panthers organization is very inclusive for everyone.
On June 6, Linsday posted another Instagram reflecting on the LGBTQ+ community.
“The Carolina Panthers organization is great,” she said. “The one who supports all white, black, yellow, trans, straight, etc. people.”
In the post, she added, “I will continue to be that trailblazer. I will continue to inspire and help my beautiful African American trans sisters until my last breath.