“It’s my life,” Urbas says. “I love it. I live, laugh, cheer.”
The only male cheerleader on the squad, Brandon says he has received nothing but support from classmates, including the football team which makes sure there’s no trouble.
“They just tell me that if I have any problems to let them know and they always have my back,” Urbas says.
But trouble did come when his cheerleading team took part in a recent competition in Port Huron against other Michigan high schools.
Brandon’s entire team was disqualified from the competition because of his presence on the team. A statement defending the decision read, “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.”
In almost any other sport, we’d be inclined to agree that female athletes are the historically underrepresented gender. But in cheerleading? Come on!
Let Brandon cheer his little heart out. His team, his school, me as one of hismany fairy gay blogmother who support him, so what is the problem here? Brandon’s principal is totally willing to go to bat for his peppy pupil, questioning why the team was even permitted to compete if male cheerleaders face an outright ban.
And just to hammer home the emotional component of this story:
“I cried,” said Brandon. “I felt like they were taking away my dream of being able to do it in college and getting scholarships.”