Will trans students be safe at VEX Worlds?

I’m asking this on behalf of myself and others I know in the Vex community, a similar thread was posted about this last year but this issue has really raised alarm with recent developments in Texas’s laws and state legislature.

LGBTQ+ people make up a very significant portion of the Vex community. However, executive orders and proposed bills are making it a risk for many to attend Vex Worlds. Transgender members of the community are at a huge risk, with restrictions both passed and proposed — some that would even make my and others’ mere presence at Vex Worlds illegal.

I hope that who we are will never get in the way of the things that bring us all together. Given that VEX has established the location of the championship event, what steps or safeguards will VEX take to ensure the safety of its members, mentors, and coaches?

Thank you,
mae, and a few friends


It’s an unfortunate reality that students have to ask this question, but I fully understand why it’s necessary.

There is no tolerance for prejudice or discrimination at any REC Foundation-hosted or sanctioned events, including VEX Worlds. We at the RECF support trans members of our robotics family and welcome all students to the 2023 VEX Robotics World Championship.

At the REC Foundation, we look out for the safety and wellbeing of every person in our community, and we rigorously enforce our code of conduct to that end. Any intolerance towards students attending VEX Worlds because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity, or disability will result in immediate consequences, including disqualification of teams associated with the offender from the event.

Additionally, I want to let you know that we have worked hard to provide exceptionally strong security at the World Championship to ensure that all attendees can enjoy the event safely, as well as designating gender neutral bathrooms at the venue to better support LGBTQ+ Worlds participants.

We want to celebrate your accomplishments this season, and you deserve to have the best experience at Worlds. I always welcome feedback, so please reach out to me with regards to this issue or any other.

Best Regards,



The only, and I mean only good thing about that bill in relation to Worlds is that it won’t take effect until after worlds is done.

Laws like that are hideous, hurtful, and just plain hateful. I can’t wait to see every one of them struck down in courts.

To those LGBTQ+ robotics folx out there, we care about you, want to see you succeed despite all the blocks that get thrown in your path, and you are loved.


I was concerned about this last year, and I’m even more concerned this year, to the point where I’m considering not going.

My experience last year at worlds had its ups and downs. Inside the convention center I felt mostly safe, but walking around the rest of Dallas was a completely different story. I took of my skirt and flag before leaving the convention center to walk back to the hotel I was staying at.

The other major thing last year was the fact that the venue had a single gender neutral bathroom, and it was in the far corner of the HS pits, in the entrance to one of the other bathrooms. This was an incredible inconvenient for me, someone that felt and still feels incredibly uncomfortable using either gendered restroom. There is talk on the FRC forum that presents some potential solutions to this that I feel could be considered.

@DanMantz, can you please tell me what RECF plans to do regarding this?


  • Sylvie

This is the prime reason why Vex Worlds shouldn’t be hosted anywhere in Texas. Honestly disappointed on that decision.
I am scared for the LGBTQ+ community. REC Foundation’s priority is safety. Always have a chaperone with you at all times.
[I hope] most people attending Vex Worlds are accepting of others the way they are. We are all humans just wanting to live and be ourselves.
REC Foundation Staff, I hope you have a plan to make everyone safe!?



Thank you for bringing your concern regarding the gender neutral bathroom issue to the RECF staff at previous events this year. We have worked with KBHCC to include additional gender neutral bathrooms at the 2023 VEX Robotics World Championship.



It really sucks to ask these questions, is a safe place to be in. Worlds staff, volunteers, REC foundation staff Got your guys back and they really think about stuff like this. I would ask worlds staff if you have any questions at the event.

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Yes they will but I can’t promise anywhere else in texas I will not share my thoughts on this topic but have fun and be safe my friend of vex robotics

After reading the law I believe there is nothing in it that should be of concern. Whether or not someone is “trans” RECF should not be allowing “lascivious” displays at the event.


Why not? ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Also because I’m neutral on the topic that is my thought on it


Neutrality only favors the oppressor. It is your duty as a competitor to ensure the safety of everyone at worlds just as much as it is VEX and the RECF’s duty. The only way we will be heard is if we all push for the equal protection of trans people.


While I get what you mean, this law absolutely will be misused against normal trans people. Who gets to decide what counts as a “lascivious” display?


of course I meant no disrespect in anyway

And The definition of neutral is to be in the middle

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Like none of the above? or not taking a stand in favor of? …

I think it is important to not be neutral in these matters.

We should welcome all to come to Worlds and be treated with respect and dignity, and to stand up to those who do not both inside the convention center and outside.

Not hard to say aloud.


No of course I just don’t have an opinion on it as I am not A transexual person, And I don’t care what you do with your bodies just be happy with yourself.


this is my unamused face.


There are some pending replies that are borderline argumentative. OP asked question and Dan has answered, so time to close this topic.

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