LGBTQ+ of FIRST - Guest Contributions and Testimonials

President Barack Obama once said,

“The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society. They have spurred sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal treatment – under our laws, from our courts, and in our politics. This month, we recognize all they have done to bring us to this point, and we recommit to bending the arc of our Nation toward justice.”

Here at LGBTQ+ of FIRST, we are just one gear in the system, working for that dignity and equality. It’s part of our mission to leave the world a better place, and advocate to make FIRST more accepting of LGBTQ+ people. We work for equality, not just under the law, but in the spaces we inhabit and the work we do. After all, we laugh, we cry, and we build robots, just like anyone else.

To the community here, we first want to offer the opportunity to be a guest contributor. If you are a supporter, an ally, or a member of our community, we invite you to write about a relevant topic of your choice and we will publish it. Your voices are as important as ours in making a change in the FIRST community - and we want to hear what you have to say! Please contact us either via email at lgbtplusfirst@gmail.com or send us a message here.

Additionally, we are introducing testimonials for the month of June. We want to highlight the vastly different experiences of our community. We’re interested in hearing your experience being LGBTQ+ in FIRST Robotics. The stories we tell are yours, so send us anecdotes, testimonials, good experiences and negative ones. If you are an ally and have a relevant experience but aren’t interested in writing a post, we’d love to have your input. Find out more here!

We look forward to recognizing the past and changing the future, and are glad you are with us on this journey.

Thank you and happy Pride month,
LGBTQ+ of FIRST Staff