Justine Lindsay, the NFL’s first cheerleader to identify as transgender, reflected on the first year of cheerleading with the Carolina TopCats, the cheerleading squad of the Carolina Panthers.
“To get those messages, like those DMs in my phone saying, ‘Your story just really empowered me to be a better parent for my child,’ and just say, ‘Thank you,’ you know, for my story. … It does something to you. It really does,” Lindsay said.
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“It just lets you know, wow, I’m really changing the world,” added the biologically male cheerleader who identifies as female.
Lindsay captured headlines as the first transgender person to make an NFL cheerleading team when joining the TopCats last year. It was first announced on Lindsay’s Instagram in March 2022.
“You are looking at the newest member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats Cheerleader’s @topcats as the first Transgender female,” Lindsa …