Remember those awesome LGBTQ+ of FIRST pins we shared at competitions last year?
We loved handing them out and promoting our organization throughout the United States and the world. This year, we’re excited to expand our reach and introduce more FIRST-ers to our goal – but we can’t do it without your help.
Please help us by donating to the LGBTQ+ of FIRST Lapel Pin GoFundMe, created by Jon Kentfield, an avid supporter of our mission. In his own words, Jon describes why he supports our mission:
“In 2016 a few of the LGBTQ+ members of our community came forward to create a blog and a safe place for people in the community to get advice, and learn about LGBTQ+ issues and how they can have an effect on FIRST teams. While having a conversation with one of these great students last year, we discussed ways that these students can both add some visibility, if they feel safe to do so, and show that they are not alone to students whom may still feel unsafe being out.”
Last year, Jon helped us raise over $1,300 to produce 1600 pins – and that was only with two months of fundraising! This year, we hope to create at least 5,000 pins in order to share the positive impact of LGBTQ+ of FIRST with even more breadth, which requires about $3,750. That cost also accounts for the deductions that GoFundMe will make.
Any additional funding will go towards more pins, pronoun ribbons, or other LGBTQ+ informational and promotional materials. The goal is to complete creation of the pins by the FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff at the latest.
Thank you for helping to support LGBTQ+ of FIRST, and expanding our reach in the FIRST Community. Our mission is to increase queer visibility in FIRST and the STEM community as a whole by providing resources, both online and offline, to help and educate LGBTQ+ people and their allies. We seek to increase acceptance and tolerance of all peoples and create a community that benefits not only LGBTQ+ people, but everyone, and this is just one way that you can help us do that.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions at email@example.com, lgbtqoffirst.wordpress.com, or any of our other social media!