May 2022 Speaking Engagements

Robyn Ochs May Engagements

4th-5th: Rochester Institute of Technology
11th: Salem State University
18th: Concord-Carlisle High School GSA

Pride Month is almost here and Robyn has already booked engagements with Dell Technologies, GSK, Washington State DEI Summit, & the Boston University School of Medicine.
If you’d like to book Robyn for a Pride event, contact robynochsassistant@gmail.com today!

April 2022 Speaking Engagements

Here’s where I spoke this April!
4th – LGBT+ Denmark
7th – Jefferson Community & Technical College
11th-12th – Buffalo State University
15th – Northern Kentucky University
19th – St. Lawrence University
29th – Bi+ World Meet-up

Please contact robynochsassistant@gmail.com for information about any of these events or to invite Robyn to speak.

March 2022 Speaking Engagements

Robyn Ochs’ March Engagements

1st – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
8th-9th – Salem State University
14th – Susquehanna University
16th – Tarleton State University
19th-20th– Creating Change Conference
22nd – Dana Farber Cancer Institute
23rd – Queens College

Please contact robynochsassistant@gmail.com for information about any of these events or to invite Robyn to speak.

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week

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  • Text reads: "What is 'Aromantic' (Aro)? - Aromantic describes people who experience little to no romantic attraction, or whose experience of romance is disconnected from normative societal expectations, due to feeling repulsed by romance, or being uninterested in romantic relationships. - They many or many no experience other types of attraction and many have any sexual orientation -Aro is a shorthand for aromantic that is also commonly used as an umbrella term for people on the aromantic spectrum -Aroace refers to someone who is on both the aromantic spectrum and the asexual spectrum" The bottom of the page says 'robynochs.com' and has a next arrow.
  • Text reads: "The Aromantic Spectrum While some aromantic people feel no romantic attraction at all, some people feel it rarely, experience it only under certain conditions, have trouble distinguishing between romantic and other types of attraction, or have some other pattern of attraction that doesn't fit the norm. There are many different terms for these different patterns of attraction, but all fit under the broader term aromantic spectrum." The bottom of the page says 'robynochs.com' and has a next arrow.
  • Text reads "Other Important Terms - Demiromantic - describes a person who only experiences romantic attraction after developing an emotional connection beforehand. -Greyromantic (grey aromantic) - describes a person who feels romantic attraction very rarely, weakly, unreliably or gains/loses attraction in unusual or unknown circumstances. -Queerplantonic Relationship (QPR) - relationships that don't fit into the categories of what is traditionally considered to be a friendship or a romantic relationship. They many or many not be sexual, involve living together, raising children, shared finances & life decisions, etc." The bottom of the page says 'robynochs.com' and has a next arrow.
  • Text reads " About ASAW -Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week (ASAW) is a week meant to spread awareness and acceptance of aromantic spectrum identities and the issues they face, as well as a chance for the community to celebrate its own experiences and existence. -ASAW generally occurs the first full week following Valentine's Day; it began in large part as a way for those in the aromantic community who had difficulty finding space for their experiences in such a universally romanticized event to come together and celebrate their own unique experiences." There is an aromantic pride heart at the top of the page. The bottom of the page says 'robynochs.com' and has a next arrow.
  • Text reads: More Info & Resources www.arospecweek.org www.aromanticism.org www.taaap.org/ www.aromanticguide.com/ www.reddit.com/r/aromantic/ www.facebook.com/groups/aromantictalk www.acesandaros.org/" There is an aromantic colored rainbow decoration underneath. The bottom of the page says 'robynochs.com' and has a next arrow.
  • Photo of a pair of hands holding a tiny aromantic pride flag. Text underneath reads "Happy Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week from Robyn Ochs and Asher Runion"

It’s Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week!


What is ‘Aromantic’ (Aro)?

  • Aromantic describes people who experience little to no romantic attraction, or whose experience of romance is disconnected from normative societal expectations, due to feeling repulsed by romance, or being uninterested in romantic relationships.
  • They may or may no experience other types of attraction and many have any sexual orientation
  • Aro is a shorthand for aromantic that is also commonly used as an umbrella term for people on the aromantic spectrum
  • Aroace refers to someone who is on both the aromantic spectrum and the asexual spectrum

The Aromantic Spectrum

  • While some aromantic people feel no romantic attraction at all, some people feel it rarely, experience it only under certain conditions, have trouble distinguishing between romantic and other types of attraction, or have some other pattern of attraction that doesn’t fit the norm.
  • There are many different terms for these different patterns of attraction, but all fit under the broader term aromantic spectrum.

Other Important Terms

  • Demiromantic – describes a person who only experiences romantic attraction after developing an emotional connection beforehand.
  • Greyromantic (grey aromantic) – describes a person who feels romantic attraction very rarely, weakly, unreliably or gains/loses attraction in unusual or unknown circumstances.
  • Queerplantonic Relationship (QPR) – relationships that don’t fit into the categories of what is traditionally considered to be a friendship or a romantic relationship. They many or many not be sexual, involve living together, raising children, shared finances & life decisions, etc

About ASAW

  • Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week (ASAW) is a week meant to spread awareness and acceptance of aromantic spectrum identities and the issues they face, as well as a chance for the community to celebrate its own experiences and existence.
  • ASAW generally occurs the first full week following Valentine’s Day; it began in large part as a way for those in the aromantic community who had difficulty finding space for their experiences in such a universally romanticized event to come together and celebrate their own unique experiences.

More Info & Resources


Happy Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week from Robyn Ochs and Asher Runion

February 2022 Speaking Engagements

Robyn Ochs’ February Engagements

4th – ALOC (Association of Law Officers of the Crown, Canada)
8th – Christopher Newport University
10th – Time to THRIVE Conference
15th – Washington University in St. Louis
24th – ALOC

Please contact robynochsassistant@gmail.com for information about any of these events or to invite Robyn to speak.

Bi Women Quarterly – Call for Submissions

What are your experiences with bi+ representation in popular culture? What has disappointed, disgusted, validated, or inspired you? Have you seen changes take place over time? Share your thoughts, critiques, and recommendations about TV, films, music, and beyond.

Submissions due by May 1, 2022.
biwomenquarterly.com/submission-guidelines

I made a personal commitment to hold men & women to the same standards in relationships

“I made a personal commitment to hold men and women to the same standards in relationships. […] I decided that I would not settle for less from men, while realizing that it means that I might be categorically eliminating most men as potential partners. So be it.”

-Robyn Ochs, ‘Bisexuality, Feminism, Men, and Me’

Recently quoted in Mashable article –

“I’m a bisexual woman and I don’t know how to date men”

We’re Here: Making Primary Care a Safe Space for Bi+ Patients

We’re Here: Making Primary Care a Safe Space for Bi+ Patients

January 20th, 2022

6:30 – 8:00 PM CST

I’m looking forward to moderating this bi+ health event on January 20th. I’m excited to be working with my amazing friend and colleague Lauren Beach and others on the cutting edge of bi+ research!

Link to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/were-here-making-primary-care-a-safe-space-for-bi-patients-tickets-235659743637

Bi Women Quarterly – Call for Submissions

Spring 2022: Bi+ Health

Research shows that women who identify as bi+ engage in risk behaviors at a higher rate and have poorer health than do heterosexuals or even lesbians. What’s going on here? What has been your experience? Essays, poems, artwork, and short stories are welcome.

Submissions due by February 1, 2022
biwomenquarterly.com/submission-guidelines

On Attraction and Identity Labels

There are so many different types of attraction, and yet we sometimes try to squeeze all that complexity into these little words like… ‘I’m straight.’ ‘I’m gay.’ ‘I’m bi.’ In fact, true understanding requires a conversation, not just one word.

Robyn Ochs
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