This NFL Team Just Added A Transgender Cheerleader To The Lineup…

The NFL’s Carolina Panthers will open the next season with the newest member of their cheerleading squad, Justine Simone Lindsay. Lindsay becomes the NFL’s first biologically male cheerleader who identifies as female.

In a post shared on Instagram this week, the cheerleader shared the exciting news of joining the rest of the Topcats on the gridiron. Lindsay revealed not only the aspect of joining the roster but the “historical” aspect of being the first open transgender.

Lindsay posted online, captioning a photo from the field:

“This is a moment I will never forget and I cannot wait to show you all what this girl has to bring.”

BuzzFeed noted that the league’s first openly trans cheerleader described the general response to the outlet.

“I just felt like when I posted it, whatever reaction I get from everyone, it does not matter. And then my phone started blowing up.”

Here’s what the Instagram post said:

“Cats Out the Bag you are looking at the newest member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats Cheerleader’s [TopCats] as the first Transgender female. I would like to thank the beautiful and talented dancers who supported me along the way alumni TopCats family and friends for your love and support. I would not have gotten to this moment in my life if it wasn’t for the support. Also to my beautiful coach [Chandalae Lanouette] you are a special being that I truly cherish thank you taking that leap of faith on me to be apart of your legacy and so many others.”

“This is a moment I will never forget and I cannot wait to show you all what this girl has to bring. Thank you [TopCats] a dream come true.”

Lindsay captioned another post:

“Dreams are reality/Dreams can manifest by putting in the work/Dreams can be accomplished with a focused mind body and spirit/This is my reality this is my story/Own it believe in it and everything will fall into place.”

The BuzzFeed report outlined that Lanouette said she was aware Lindsay was transgender by the cheerleading application but insisted it was Lindsay’s “talent,” not the cheerleader’s “history-making” that landed, Lindsay, a spot on the squad.

Here’s what Lanouette said:

“My goal is to create a team of individuals that are absolute fire on the field but are incredible human beings in the locker room, good friends, good people, and at the end of the day, you have to walk through the door first to get to that spot.” 

Lindsay said:

“I’m happy because I was able to break down that door and tell people, ‘Hey, we are not just sexual beings. We are actual human beings who want to better ourselves.’ I felt like, Why not tell the world: ‘Hey, listen, this is a great accomplishment.’”

The NFL loves itself some woke equity, and this hiring announcement is right up their alley. On the one hand, most people don’t care what someone is so much as who someone is. Are you a decent human being that treats others well? On the other hand, when is enough enough?

It’s bad enough a mostly-white nation pays to watch and cheers on mostly-black athletes and gets called racist for doing so. Now the NFL will likely invent a new reason as to why no one pays attention to cheerleaders.

In fact, given the minimal attention paid to cheerleaders as well as the influence of events such as the #MeToo movement, where even the most harmless male attention could be construed as assault, it felt like the entire notion of cheerleading was going to disappear entirely.

Inclusion issues aside, though, does anyone care who cheerleads? Anyone that has spent time in high school and collegiate sports has seen plenty of co-ed cheerleading squads. Some might argue those are better since the men on the team can typically launch their smaller peers into the air for quite impressive flips and twirls.

Sources: DailyWire, BuzzFeed