The only good thing to be said for that last stat is that it was much higher during your great-grandmother’s youth.
The first two stats indicate how fast the situation is changing now. Today’s teens and tweens are asserting themselves more bravely than my generation did, in part because they are standing on the shoulders of many brave people who faced a much less accepting world back in the day.
The results of this poll are terrifying. As a community and as individuals, we need to do more to ensure that all participants are welcomed and accepted. My team and I will continue our efforts to spread awareness and education about this topic.
I would encourage anyone with questions or anyone seeking advice regarding LGBTQ+ Inclusion to reach out to Team 1710 or myself. We have an initiative which aims to tackle this issue from all angles, and we would be happy to share.
That’s great! It’s wonderful to hear about your teams’ efforts to be inclusive and welcoming. If you’re interested in working with LGBTQ+ of FIRST, we’d love to have you apply to be a partner team for the organization!