Panthers welcome first transgender NFL cheerleader

Panthers welcome first transgender NFL cheerleader
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The Carolina Panthers just made NFL history by hiring the first openly transgender NFL cheerleader.

Justine Lindsay broke the news on her Instagram in March, writing in the caption “Cats Out the Bag.”

Why it matters: Representation is crucial, especially in sports, and even more so at a time when a record number of anti-trans bills are being introduced.

What they’re saying: “Members of the TopCats are hired based on their qualifications and abilities,” Panthers’ Director of Communications, Ryan Anderson, said in a statement.

  • “Our organization is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin,” he added.
Justine Lindsay

Justine Lindsay during her audition for the Carolina Panthers. Photo courtesy of Chanelle Smith-Walker/ Carolina Panthers

What we know: Lindsay is Haitian and African American, according to her Instagram.

  • She has a background in ballet, modern, hip-hop and African dance.
  • She studied communications at Johnson C. Smith University and NC State.
  • You can keep up with her on her podcast “Keeping it Sweet w/ JustinE.”
Justine Lindsay

Photo courtesy of Chanelle Smith-Walker/ Carolina Panthers

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