Maddox C. | Junior | Team: 2197 | Gay | 2016 – Present
Why did you get involved with FIRST?
When I was in 7th grade, the high school robotics mentor visited our middle school and asked me one question: “Do you want to build a robot?” The answer was yes. I joined FTC that year, and I’ve been in FIRST since.
Why did you join LGBTQ+ of FIRST?
I felt alone in the FIRST community, and I didn’t know how to be open about my sexuality to my team. I came across a small blog, and on a whim, I decided to apply. After joining the blog, I realized the amazing thing we could bring to FIRST: a community of our own.
Recommend a book, movie, album, podcast, etc. to us.
I’m currently reading John Lewis’s autobiography, Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking for an eye opener and a good author!
About LGBTQ+ of FIRST
LGBTQ+ of FIRST is an organization dedicated to raising awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ+ participants in FIRST Robotics. LGBTQ+ of FIRST was started to spread visibility of the LGBTQ+ community within FIRST and help teams become safe spaces for their members.