Kira K.| Senior | Team: 5683| Lesbian/Demiromantic | 2016 – Present
How did you get involved with FIRST?
I got involved in FIRST when my best friend suggested I join robotics. Originally, I thought I wouldn’t fit in, but after doing VEX during first semester freshmen year- I knew robotics was somewhere I belong. After joining FRC during second semester, I was having so much fun I realized that robotics- especially programming- is where my heart lies. I’ve had the best past two years with this team, and I’ve learned so much about life. Robotics is truly a great character builder.
What is your favorite experience with LGBTQ+ of FIRST?
My favorite experience with LGBTQ+ of FIRST is all the awesome people I’ve got to meet- whether it be on tumblr, in the discord, or in real life at competitions. It’s always so cool to see people so excited about the initiative and to hear their stories. I think one of the coolest moments is that when I explained about the blog to my mentors, by the end of last season, two of them were comfortable enough to come out.
Recommend a book, movie, album, podcast, etc. to us.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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.