(1958 - living) U.S.A.
Writer, speaker, activist, and workshop leader
Robyn Ochs, Ed.M., has been facilitating workshops and speaking publicly for a very long time. She co-founded the Boston Bisexual Women's Network (1983) and the Bisexual Resource Center (1985).
She has taught, at MIT and Tufts University, courses on bisexual identity, and also teaches about other glbt issues: the emergence of glbt communities in the United States and Canada, the politics of sexual orientation, and the experiences of those who transgress the binary categories of gay/straight, masculine/feminine, and/or male/female (such as bisexual, transgendered, intersexual, and cross-dressing people).
Robyn is the editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide, the anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, and the International Directory of Bisexual Groups. Her writings have been published in several anthologies. She has appeared as an expert on bisexuality on a number of talk shows. Her primary fields of interest are identity and coalition building.
"Relationships have been hard for me - I didn't have a lot of good role models growing up and so I had a hard time learning what a healthy relationship might look like and how to ask for what I wanted in a healthy way. I am proud to say that I've learned a lot and am now in a healthy and good relationship with a woman, Peg Preble."
On 17 May 2004, the first day it was legal for same sex couples to marry anywhere in the United States, Robyn and her long-time partner Peg Preble were among the first same-sex couples to get legally married. Ironically, in an example of exactly the type of bisexual erasure she has spent much of her life fighting against, Robyn was publicly misidentified in the press as a lesbian.