Lorenzo Gilbert becomes first openly gay, male Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: Lorenzo Gilbert (center) becomes the first openly gay, male cheerleader in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history April 6. (Photo by Kyle Zedaker)

TAMPA | The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their 2019 cheerleading squad April 6, making Lorenzo Gilbert the first openly gay, male cheerleader in the NFL team’s 44-year history.

Over 100 athletes auditioned for the squad, a week-long process that began with open preliminaries at Tampa’s AdventHealth Training Center March 30. Applicants learned routines, participated in conditioning drills and faced workshops and interviews before 49 finalists advanced to the final audition showcase the following week. A total of 32 hopefuls, including Gilbert, were appointed to the squad.

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