Justine Lindsay, NFL’s First Openly Transgender Cheerleader’s Family Travels from North and South Carolina to Watch Her Perform

Published 09/23/2023, 11:18 AM EDT

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Justine Lindsay is the NFL’s first open transgender cheerleader. The thirty-year-old cheerleader brings an additional dimension to her profession. For many NFL fans, her presence in the stadium will start a new chapter for NFL cheerleaders. However, Justin is very serious about her job and takes it very seriously.

Justine showed a lot of courage in coming out as a transgender and facing the public. She faced a lot of criticism online but always held her head high. Moreover, she has become a role model for many people in the future to come.

Family Members Have Finally Accepted the Reality


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The family members of Justine have accepted the reality and have made peace with it. Moreover, the entire family drives all the way from North and South Carolina to watch the games. However, in the initial stages, things did not look smooth for Justine and her family. Lindsay , grew up in Charlotte Suburb of Dilworth. She spent playing games with other cousins and older siblings. Justine’s father, a former college football player, hoped she would follow in the footsteps, but destiny had different plans.

Justine’s mother was the one who introduced her to ballet. Recently speaking to Elle, Justine shared her experience about her struggles.

 “He never really understood why I wanted to dance,” Lindsay says of her father. “He was like, ‘Is that who you are?’”

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 “When I told my mom, she was like, ‘Okay, well, can you help me put my lashes on now?’” Lindsay remembers. “I think my dad always knew, but there was a denial stage, which every parent, whether you’re the mother or the father, will have. It’s that moment of, ‘Oh, my God, I don’t want this for my child.’”


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Justine Lindsay not only fulfilled her own dream but also paved the way for others as well. She has had her own share of struggles but never gave up on her dreams.

Justine Lindsay – A Start of Something Special

Cheerleaders are not only performers but also brand representatives. They have the toughest job of keeping the audience entertained. Not many cheerleaders are paid well. Many of them work multiple jobs to take care of their needs.


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Justine coming out like this will help many others like her to come forward. Transgenders are also a part of the society. They also have rights about choosing their career. Hopefully, we can see many such transgender women coming up after this. Let us know about your thoughts in the comments.

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Anirban Chatterjee


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Anirban Chatterjee is a fresh Sports Viral Moments writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his higher education from Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences as an MBA in Sports Management. He represented Jharkhand State Cricket Team in different age groups starting from u-15 till u-22 level.
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Priyadarshini Ajay