In a league not known for its progressiveness, Justine Lindsay just made NFL history by becoming the first Black Openly Transgender Cheerleader!

The newest member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats Cheerleader’s @topcats as the first Transgender female. Quote from Justine says ““I was so scared,” about posting to Instagram in her first interview since joining the team. “There’s just some things you can’t post. I just felt like when I posted it, whatever reaction I get from everyone, it does not matter,” Lindsay said. “And then my phone started blowing up.”

"Even Lindsay's best friend, whom she calls a sister, didnt know she was trans. it was a secret she'd kept from everyone except her family."


“Even Lindsay’s best friend, whom she calls a sister, didn’t know she was trans. It was a secret she’d kept from everyone except her family.” — BuzzFeed News

“Chandalae Lanouette, the Topcats’ director, said Lindsay had noted on her application that she was transgender, but her talent, not her history-making, is what landed her on the squad.”

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