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Published on December 29th, 2011 | by Wild Gender


Let Brandon Tumble! Male-Identified Cheerleader Gets Banned

Fourteen-year-old Brandon Urbas feels supported by his family and the entire Lakeview High School football team as the only male-identified cheerleader on his high school squad.  “It’s my life,” he says in the video below. “I love it. I live, laugh, cheer.”

Despite the proliferation of male-identified cheerleaders across the country, the Michigan school system of which Lakeview is part, has determined that Brandon’s squad is disqualified from competition because he is a member of the team. According to a statement issued by the school system, “boys may not participate on a girls team in MHSAA sponsored postseason meets and tournaments. Schools have adopted this position to preserve participation opportunities for the historically underrepresented gender.

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One Response to Let Brandon Tumble! Male-Identified Cheerleader Gets Banned

  1. Natalie says:

    Underrespresented gender my ass. Girl or boy, anyone should be able to participate on any team they want. I’m a cisgender female and I think it is purely hateful and disgusting to ban the team from competing. This is clearly his dream if he has expressed it and had enough courage to follow it. Too bad some people are sexist morons and are unable to understand something fourteen-year-olds can. Last time I checked, sports were about being healthy, having fun, and just being a kid. Since when did it become about what you had between the legs?

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