“There is so much pressure to ‘know,’ and I would like to see more people give themselves permission to live with the question [of their orientation] and not feel pressured to come to a decision until they are ready.”Robyn Ochs
The 2019 data on sexual orientation from the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey is out and the bisexual percentage just keeps on increasing!
“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 into which we feel we must squeeze ourselves, but rather tools with which to communicate and begin conversations.”Robyn Ochs
“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
An excerpt of my chapter in ‘Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health’ was featured in Curve Magazine!
Read it here: https://www.curvemag.com/book-club/book-reviews/editors-pick/bodies-and-barriers-queer-activists-on-health/
“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 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
“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”