I call myself bisexual because…

“I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted romantically and/or sexually to people of more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree. For me, the bi in #bisexual refers to the potential for attraction to people with genders similar to and different from my own.”

Robyn Ochs

Labels Should Not Be Boxes

“Labels should not be boxes into which we feel we must squeeze ourselves, but rather tools with which to communicate and begin conversations.”

Robyn Ochs

Robyn Quoted in Bitch Media Article

“I’ve identified as bi for 44 years this month, and one of the ongoing, continuous frustrations has been the disconnect between what I meant by the word ‘bisexual,’ and what other people think I mean.”

Robyn Ochs, Bitch Media

Let us respect others’ strategies and decisions about engagement

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“There are many issues needing our attention and many ways to engage in activism. Some of us face health, economic, or other challenges of which others may not be aware. Let us respect others’ strategies and decisions about engagement.”

Robyn Ochs

Our Queer spawn, no matter how they identify, are part of Our Community

“For queer spawn – kids who grew up with LGBTQ+ parents – queer culture is their native culture. In some respects, they’re culturally queerer than those of us who grew up with straight parents and immigrated to the community as adults. Our queer spawn, no matter how they identify, are part of our community.”

Robyn Ochs

Labels Are Tools

“Labels help us make sense of ourselves and explain ourselves to others. They are tools for organization and communication, not fixed and unchanging essences.”

Robyn Ochs

In Order To Be Recognized, I Have to Actively Come Out

“I recognize the particular challenges of holding an identity not visually apparent. In order to be recognized, I have to actively come out. I can be fairly certain that if I don’t, I will be misread. Bi folks share the challenge of holding a nonbinary identity in a culture that leans heavily on binary assumptions.”

Robyn Ochs, “Bodies & Barriers: Queer Activists on Health”

Why I call myself Bisexual

“I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted – romantically and/or sexually – to people of more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.”

Robyn Ochs