Local boy cheering against stereotypes despite bullying

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Tommy Ramos has been bullied for years because he’s a competitive cheerleader, but he’s never let it stop him from following his dreams.

“It’s like something apart of me,” Tommy said. “I’ve been doing it for like 6 years. I get to do like jumps and stuff and I get to push myself to the limit.”

Tommy started cheering at five years old after watching his sister.

He’s bullied for being a boy in the cheer world, a female-dominated sport, he said.

“I use to get bullied a lot in school because there’s like not a lot of male cheerleaders in the industry,” Ramos said.

“It crushes me,” Lisa Ramos, Tommy’s mom, said. “Like crushes me as a mom, because I can see the passion in his eye and I don’t want him to ever not do anything because of the way someone else thinks about him”

Tommy has not only been bullied by his peers, but said he often gets stereotyped by adults.

“I don’t really like care what they say or think,” Tommy said. “I just care what I think, because it’s not them, it’s me.”

Tommy said being a cheerleader has opened up doors for him, including cameo on television networks like Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. He has even been in an Alicia Keys music video.

“I’m encouraged by him daily, that he keeps pushing forward and not letting people tear him down,” Lisa Ramos said.

As Tommy continues to break stereotypes as a male cheerleader, he has a pair of new role models to look up to. For the first time in the history of the National Football League, male cheerleaders will be on the sidelines for teams including the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints.

“I was excited and surprised because I feel like more boys would try to do it now or like encourage it,” Tommy said.

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