Katie J. | Junior | Team: 3595 (FTC) | PNW | Gay | 2017 – Present
What do you do on your team?
I’m the team captain of FTC 3595. I’m involved with every aspect of the team, from building and programming to outreach and documentation.
Why did you join LGBTQ+ of FIRST?
I’d admired the organization from afar ever since it began. I’m truly passionate about LGBTQ+ of FIRST’s mission, and when I saw that staff applications were open I was beyond excited by the possibility of getting involved and giving back to the organization.
What are you most looking forward to this competition season?
Because I’m in FTC, the competition season started a few months ago for me. My favorite thing so far has been meeting all of the new teams and volunteers at events — I moved from Alaska to Virginia over the summer, so this season I’m seeing a completely different group of people, and it’s been very fun to get to know everyone!
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.