Robyn has an essay published in The Nation magazine!

Bisexuality Has Always Challenged Norms—Even in the Queer World

Let’s use the 50th anniversary of Stonewall to embrace the full spectrum of our differences and desires.

This essay is part of the Reclaiming Stonewall series published in The Nation magazine, June 2019.

Robyn featured in the Washington Post regarding Biphobia at Pride & the recent shift towards inclusivity

Bisexual People have long felt excluded at Pride festivities. That’s finally changing.

Columnist Zachary Zane recounts his own experience with biphobia at Pride and tells the stories of various others, including activist and editor of Bisexual.org, Talia Squires.

Robyn is quoted regarding the “cultural tipping point” for bisexuality as public opinion and pride events become more accepting of multisexual people, including those in different-gender relationships.

The Summer 2019 Issue of Bi Women Quarterly

The theme of this new issue of Bi Women Quarterly is “Non-binary x2 (or more).”

We are pleased to present you with writing by Denarii Grace, Talitha Milroy, Emily Fisher, Sarah Jen, Christi Sessa, Natalie Perry, Mariah Cruz, Buffy Lee, Lila Hartelius, and Tania Israel.

And this time around we have not one, but TWO “Around the World” interviews. Carla Imperial interviews Rhye Labrador from the Philippines, and Katelynn Bishop interviews Bree Mountain from Australia.

Casey Lawrence writes about Ursula LeGuin’s 1969 classic, The Left Hand of Darkness without which, she argues, “discussion of gender in science fiction is complete.” And Robin Renée reviews Jan Steckel’s latest poetry compilation, LikeFlesh Covers Bone. You will also find artwork by Jo-Anne Carlson, Why Not Both Co, and Emily Fisher, advice from A Rose Bi, and our calendar of events.

Read the edition here.

Work for Robyn

ROBYN OCHS—an independent speaker, teacher, writer, and LGBTQ+ activist—seeks a self-motivated, organized, dependable, and innovative administrative assistant. Strong communication skills (writing, email, phone manner, etc.) are essential, and you should be comfortable with social media, Microsoft Office Suite, and WordPress.

Requires approximately 20 hours/week September through May, and 15-20 hours/week June-August. Requires working in Jamaica Plain, MA once a week. Other hours can be done at the time and in the place of your choosing. Start date: July or early August. A two-year commitment to this job is desired.

“Ten Things I Like About Working for Robyn” (by outgoing assistant, Beth)

  1. An opportunity to support someone whose work is changing the world.
    2. Supporting someone who genuinely values your work & pays fairly.
  2. A casual, and stress-free work environment
  3. Interacting with LGBTQ activists, student groups, and faculty/staff at various universities. 
    5. Schedule flexibility for most of my hours.
    6. Spending one day a week (or more!) in the company of Maggie, HarleyQuinn & Rocco (2 cats & a small lizard).
  4. Staying on the cutting edge of inter-community discussions about identity and sexuality—especially those beyond the binaries.
    8. Always being up-to-date on LGBTQ+ issues within the States and worldwide.
    9. Coming to work prepared to laugh, talk about politics, and eat garden fresh vegetables!  
    10. Single-stall, all-gender bathrooms.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Seek out speaking engagements for Robyn
  • Maintain correspondence with schools and organizations interested in booking Robyn’s programs.
  •  Work with student groups, student life departments, and academic centers to coordinate logistics of Robyn’s speaking tours.
  •  Write, prepare, and proofread outreach mailings.
  •  Help to manage email and prioritize a busy inbox.
  •  Maintain a speaking calendar and online contact databases.
  •  Plan and book travel arrangements (flight, car, and hotels).
  •  Prepare, review, and process contracts.
  •  Design handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and graphics.
  • Help keep Robyn’s social media and website up to date.
  •  Keep organizational systems running smoothly.
  •  Research relevant resources and identify and contact new potential hosts.

DESIRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  • Excellent phone and email communication skills.
  •  Ability to self-motivate, prioritize tasks, and focus while working from home/Robyn’s home.
  •  Strong organizational skills.
  •  Creativity.
  •  Design experience, including graphic design and knowledge of relevant software.
  •  Ability to explain Robyn’s work and activism.
  •  Strong attention to detail.

Robyn welcomes applicants of all sexual orientations, genders, races/ethnicities, sizes, etc.

Email a cover letter, your resume and a paragraph explaining why you’d be a great fit for this position to robyn@robynochs.com by June 14. Interviews will likely take place during the first week of July. Position starts August 1st(or sooner).

Robyn speaks on Channel Q’s DROP THE SUBJECT for Bi Day Friday

Robyn speaks with podcast hosts Ally Johnson and Kevin Klein about bisexuality, bi erasure, and 20BIteen!

Listen to the whole episode here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Robyn Featured in a Bustle Article about the Need for Bi/Pan Solidarity

“The bisexual versus pansexual debate has been an ongoing conflict within the LGBTQ community for years, but advocates say the dispute over the two valid labels doesn’t actually help anyone.”

Robyn and bi-pan advocate Heron Greenesmith discuss the harm caused by pitting multisexual identities against each other and encourage members of both communities to support one another.

Read the full article here.

Kyrsten Sinema’s Election & Bisexual Representation in Politics

A few weeks ago Arizona made history by electing America’s first openly bisexual senator. The Daily Beast covers Kyrsten Sinema’s ground breaking election and discusses biphobia and bisexual representation in American politics and the public sphere.

Robyn was interviewed for this article and is quoted at length on the importance of Sinema’s election:

“I’ve been out as bi for 42 years,” she told The Daily Beast. “For the first 40 years, I felt so frustrated with the lack of progress in popular culture, in the public sphere—and in the last two, three years, I feel that we have reached a sort of turning point.”

Read the full article here.

The Fall 2018 issue of Bi Women Quarterly

Read Shayna Maci Warner in the new Bi Women Quarterly: “On October 8th, 2016, screams of queer elation sounded across the internet: Sara Ramirez, Tony Award-winner and star of Grey’s Anatomy, had just come out as bisexual. Some of us had respectfully restrained from speculating about the star’s sexual orientation for many years, but after viewing Ramirez’s incredible speech from the 40 to None Summit in which she described herself as a “multiracial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant,” I couldn’t help but be among those jumping for joy. We knew it. I knew it. …”  FIND THE NEW ISSUE HERE. Enjoy!Fall_2018_cover.png

Heteroflexibility & Supporting Non-Binary Sexualities

Refinery29 takes a look at Heteroflexible identity and the cries of biphobia that sometimes come along with it. Robyn was interviewed and quoted for this article, saying:

“To argue over which word is the best and to disrespect other people’s choice of label is not a productive use of our time. Our time would be much better spent working together to hold space for all non-binary sexualities.”

Whether we identify as bi or heteroflexible (or pan, polysexual, fluid, or anything else), multisexuals occupy the same space between the sexual binary of gay and straight. Uplifting each other in the labels that make us feel most comfortable helps everyone.