San Antonio, TX USA
|Organization||Boston Bisexual Women's Network, Bisexual Resource Center, BiNet USA, MassEquality|
|Political movement||LGBT Rights/Bisexual Rights|
|Awards||Susan J. Hyde Activism Award (2009); Harvard Gay & Caucus's Lifetime Achievement Award for advocacy on the Harvard University Campus (2009); Reinaldo dos Santos Memorial Award for Bisexual Activism (1997); PFLAG's Brenda Howard Award (2011)|
editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World
She is the editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide and the coeditor of the anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World. Ochs worked at Harvard University from 1983 until she retired in 2009. She has taught courses at Tufts' Experimental College. She is a professional speaker and workshop leader. Her primary fields of interest are gender, sexuality, identity and coalition building. In 2004 and in 2007, she keynoted the Midwest Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Campus Conference, the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender student conference in the United States. Ochs is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Ochs has appeared on a number of television talk shows, including Donahue, Rolanda, Maury Povich, Women Aloud, Real Personal, Hour Magazine and The Shirley Show, to discuss issues relating to bisexuality. She has also been in Seventeen and Newsweek.
In 2009 at the Creating Change Conference the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force awarded Ochs the Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement. As she presented the award Creating Change Director Sue Hyde told Ochs: “We hear your clear voice, we see your staunch advocacy and we respond to your loving insistence that our movement includes all of us.”
Robyn is a co-founder of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Faculty and Staff Group at Harvard University and served as co-chair in 2008-2009.
She has served on the Board of Directors of MassEquality, Massachusetts's statewide equality organization, since 2004.
Ochs teaches courses on topics including LGBT history & politics in the United States, the politics of sexual orientation, and the experiences of those who transgress the binary categories of gay/straight, masculine/feminine, black/white and/or male/female. Her writings have been published in numerous bisexual, women's studies, multicultural and LGBT anthologies.
On 17 May 2004, the first day it was legal for same-sex couples to marry anywhere in the United States, Ochs and her long-time partner Peg Preble were among the first same-sex couples to get legally married (A Carefully Considered Rush to the Altar). Ironically, in an example of exactly the type of bisexual erasure she has spent much of her life fighting against, Ochs was publicly misidentified in the press as a lesbian.
- Becoming Visible: Counseling Bisexuals Across the Lifespan (Firestein, ed.)
- Bi Any Other Name: Bisexuals Speak Out (Kaahumanu & Hutchins, ed.)
- Closer to Home: Bisexuality & Feminism (Weise, ed.)
- Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price (Blumenfeld, ed.)
- Bisexuality: The Identity and Politics of an Invisible Minority (Firestein, ed.)
- Women: Images and Realities: A Multicultural Anthology (Kesselman, McNair, & Schniedewind, eds.)
- Lesbian Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia (Zimmerman, ed.)
- Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (ed. Adams, et al.)
- Theres more to humanity than just gay and straight March 28, 2008 Gay People's Chronicle
- "Tuft's Experimental College". Excollege.tufts.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Robyn Ochs receives Susan J. Hyde Activism Award". Thetaskforce.org. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- Ochs, Robyn, Robyn Ochs Teaching, retrieved 2008-02-25
- Ochs, Robyn, About Robyn Ochs, retrieved 2008-02-25
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- Robyn Ochs' website
- Robyn Ochs' MySpace page
- Robyn Ochs Famous GLTB People
- Fighting Prejudice with Education by Sasha Hnatkovich The Pulse September 2005
- Unstoppable and Always Learning:Robyn Ochs by Jon Pressick bisexual.com Apr 23, 2007
- Robyn Ochs: Activist/Pioneer: Local leader to keynote second North American conference on bisexuality, by Ethan Jacobs in Bay Windows, 7/24/03
- Bisexuality and the Space Between Binary Categories, by John Townsend in Lavender Magazine, June 2008