Bisexual Pride + Marriage Equality = Perfect TogetherRobyn Ochs is an American Bisexual and LGBT rights activist, writer and speaker who helped found the Boston Bisexual Network in 1983, and the Bisexual Resource Center in 1985. She is the editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide, the anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and the Bi Womans Newsletter.
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 also served on the Board of Directors of MassEquality, Massachusetts’s statewide equality organization, since 2004. And in 2011 she was honored by being the first openly Bisexual Grand Marshal of the Northampton Pride Parade, a place that not 21 years before had voted to removed bisexuals from the event.
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. And in 2012 she received PFLAG’s Brenda Howard Award.
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 couples in Brookline, Massachusetts to get legally married. 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.
I’m just learning how to use Tumblr (though I’ve been “on it” for quite some time), and look what I just found while noodling around