- Justine Lindsay is in her second season as an NFL cheerleader with the Panthers
- The 31-year-old said she wants to change the narrative for the next generation
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Justine Lindsay, the NFL’s first transgender cheerleader, hopes to be a trailblazer for the next generation.
Lindsay, 31, is in her second season as an NFL cheerleader after joining the Carolina Panthers organization last year.
The North Carolina native announced her arrival to the league with an Instagram post in March 2022 and previously said she “blacked out” when she got the call from TopCats director Chandalae Lanouette.
Over a year later, Lindsay wants to help the younger generation with her role in the NFL, comparing being a cheerleader to being a doctor or nurse.
“I want to change the narrative for my trans sisters and brothers, just to [let them] “Know that if you have a goal, achieve it,” the cheerleader said Elle Magazine.
Justine Lindsay, the NFL’s first transgender cheerleader, hopes to be a trailblazer
“Make that dream a reality.” Be an NFL cheerleader or a doctor or a nurse or whatever you set your mind to.
Lindsay insisted her cheerleading in the NFL was bigger than just herself and hoped it would open doors for other members of the trans community.
“Everything I’m going through now is bigger than me,” Lindsay told Elle magazine.
“I’m preparing things for the younger generation,” Lindsay added. “No one is going to stop this show.”
North Carolina passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act in April, which aims to prevent biological female athletes from being forced to compete against biological transgender male athletes in school sports designed for women.
Riley Gaines, an advocate for women’s sports, welcomed the act and called her death “fantastic news.”
But Lindsay emphasized that the crime did not stop them from continuing their fight.
“I’m going to fight this until I can’t fight anymore,” Lindsay told Elle. “It makes me sad to see this.”
In 2022, she opened up to BuzzFeed News about her career as an NFL cheerleader, emphasizing that it was a great accomplishment.
Lindsay, 31, is in her second season as an NFL cheerleader after joining the Carolina Panthers
“I’m happy because I was able to break down that door and tell people, ‘Hey, we’re not just sexual beings. We’re real people who want to improve.” I thought, “Why not tell the world, ‘Hey, listen, this is a great accomplishment,'” Lindsay said at the time.
While most Panthers fans welcomed Lindsay, her arrival in the NFL sparked backlash from some.
However, he responded to the criticism on social media and praised the Panthers organization for their support.
“Thank you to all my haters who think I’m bringing down the organization, but that’s obviously not the case.” “The Carolina Panthers organization is an excellent organization that supports all people: white, black, yellow, trans, Straights, etc. Ultimately, me and the other 29 members of @topcats made the team fair and square,” Lindsay wrote on Instagram.