Justine Lindsay became the first trans NFL cheerleader, Netflix introduces a new vampire queer drama, and "Married at First Sight" star talks about her sexuality.
Justine Lindsay Becomes the First Trans NFL Cheerleader
Justine Lindsay is making history as the NFL’s first openly trans cheerleader.
Earlier this year, Lindsay announced that she had made the Carolina Panthers TopCats team.
"Cats Out the Bag you are looking at the newest member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats Cheerleader's TopCats as the first transgender female," Lindsay wrote in an Instagram post. "I would like to thank the beautiful and talented dancers who supported me along the way ... This is a moment I will never forget and I cannot wait to show you all what this girl has to bring. Thank you TopCats a dream come true."
TopCats Director Chandalae Lanouette and the Panthers credit Lindsay's skills as what secured her spot on the team.
"Members of the TopCats are hired based on their qualifications and abilities," the Panthers said in a statement to NPR. "Our organization is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin. We wish all the TopCats, including Justine Lindsay, an incredible season."
Netflix Introduces New Queer Vampire Drama
"First Kill." Credit: Netflix.
Victoria Schwab, the creator and executive producer of Netflix’s new queer drama, “First Kill,” believes it’s time for there to be a change in queer storytelling and that this show is the first step.
“I grew up with ‘Buffy’ and with ‘Supernatural,’ … I wanted to be in those stories. And yet, I was told — and I was told via media — for so long that you don’t exist in those stories. Or if you do, it ends badly,” she said in an interview with The Advocate. “And so what I really wanted to do was create a space in the genre for two girls to have a queer love story.”
“First Kill” follows the complicated love story of Juliet and Calliope, who develop an instant connection. There’s only one problem: Juliet is a vampire who comes from a long aristocratic line of sanguisuges, and Calliope is a vampire hunter whose family legacy is to track down the undead and monsters in all their forms.
The series is set to premiere on Netflix.
‘Married at First Sight’ Star Opens Up About Pansexuality
Olivia Frazer. Photo via Instagram.
“Married At First Sight” star Olivia Frazer has opened up about her sexuality in an Instagram Live after previously revealing that she identifies as pansexual.
Frazer explained that she didn’t even know she was coming out as pansexual or that it would be as big of a deal as it is.
“I thought it was like, not a big deal, which it shouldn't be,” she said. “I don't like all the labels and crap, you should just be free to chill however you want.”
She explained that she views pansexuality as a gift because it gives her the ability to love anyone.
“I go for the connection, not the gender, not the look. I have the ability to love anybody, but it just so happens that most of my connections — and I've not had that many relationships — have been with men.”
While the star has been receiving mixed feedback from her followers, she is hoping to continue to raise awareness and show that you shouldn’t have to explain your love.