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“The pins represent an accepting, safe, loving community that I am part of. At competition the pin is a symbol that shows dedication and compassion for LGBTQ+ people like me and my friend,” said Tessa from 1339, a Student Representative.

We want to spread that community as far throughout FIRST as we can, and you can help us do that – by donating!

Student Administrator Livi D. said, “Being a part of LGBTQ+ of FIRST has made me love FIRST even more than I already did. Its given me people who I can identify with while doing one of my favorite things, robotics.”

Donate to our GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/LGBTQ_of_FIRST2


Pin Promo Week: Day 3

Even if you can’t donate, sharing helps us immensely! Help us make FIRST a more accepting and diverse community, provide resources to teams, and do outreach at competitions.
“It has opened my eyes to this great community of people within another great community of people,” said one Student Representative about the organization.
Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/LGBTQ_ of_FIRST2


Pin Promo Week: Donate by Dec 1st!

We have less than a month to reach our goal, and we appreciate any help you can give us! Thank you for helping our organization impact more kids, and expand our reach throughout FIRST.

“LGBTQ+ of FIRST has really helped me find a community where I feel like I can truly be myself. It has combined two of my most favorite things: robots and the LGBTQ+ community,” said Student Represenative Tessa from 1339.

Student Administrator Kiran L. said about LGBTQ+ of FIRST, ” I love the vibrant community, and the difference we hope to make in people’s lives!”

Lend a hand and donate now: https://www.gofundme.com/LGBTQ_of_FIRST2

Pin Promo Week Day Two

WE WANT YOU! Thank you for helping us raise over $1500 so far! We are about half way to our goal, and could use any help you could give us to reach it! Pins are a direct way for us to impact our community in FIRST.
One Student Representative described the impact LGBTQ+ of FIRST has had on her: “LGBTQ+ of FIRST has made me more comfortable in my identity and helped me through my questioning process.”
By donating, you also will recieve a pin, and support LGBTQ+ kids throughout FIRST. Please help us get the word out before we close them on December 1 by donating here: https://www.gofundme.com/LGBTQ_of_FIRST2


Announcing Pin Promo Week

Hey everyone! Welcome to our Pin Promo Week. We want to fundraise enough so that we can purchase pins to give out at competitions, and help others learn more about our organization.

One Student Representative said, “My favorite thing about being involved, is the fantastic sense of community that the organizations has developed: it’s a group of people I can talk to if I need help with anything.”

“I love providing help to others and increasing awareness,” said Student Administrator Doug S. from 973.

Interested in helping us out? Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/LGBTQ_of_FIRST2

Pins, pins, pins!

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 lgbtplusfirst@gmail.com, lgbtqoffirst.wordpress.com, or any of our other social media!