Trans Youth are not safe at Champs, and it’s time to do something.
I’m sure many of you are aware that, for the past year now, the state of Texas has been working to prosecute transgender youth through investigating parents with transgender teens for child abuse and blocking transgender kids from accessing gender-affirming healthcare.
This oppression of some of our most vulnerable youth is horrifying, and we’ve had to watch as FIRST continues to host the Championship in Houston for the past two years with little regard for the safety of trans-identifying program participants and zero transparency with the community regarding their future plans or event contracts.
As a result, for the past two years, much of our FIRST family have no longer felt safe or welcome attending the Championship event in Houston. We strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in this incredible event without fear of discrimination or prejudice. Our community is built on the foundation of inclusion, diversity, and mutual respect, and it is our duty to uphold these values and ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome.
Our “#TransYouthFIRST” campaign seeks to amplify this message at this year’s Championship event and encourage FIRST through community pressure to consider moving the event to a more inclusive location and look out for the safety and well-being of our trans identifying FIRST family members.
We are currently fundraising to purchase and distribute badge ribbons with the message “#TransYouthFIRST” at the FIRST Championship. Our goal is to distribute these ribbons for attendees to proudly wear and encourage teams to use #TransYouthFIRST in their event-related social media posts in order to help make a powerful statement and spark meaningful conversations about inclusivity and equality in our community.
Any funds raised beyond our goal will be donated to Equality Texas, an organization focused on advocating and fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in the state of Texas.
By supporting our “#TransYouthFIRST” campaign, you are not only helping us to raise awareness about the challenges faced by transgender individuals in our community, but also contributing to a brighter and more inclusive future for all. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that every member of the FIRST community feels safe, valued, and empowered to pursue their passions.
Thank you for your support and commitment to making FIRST a welcoming space for everyone.
Donate to help us reach our goal here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/put-trans-youth-first-at-first-championship-2023