Bisexual and LGBT advocate and educator Robyn Ochs will speak March 11 at the CCBC Dundalk campus, addressing the issue of gender and more in a lecture entitled, “Loosening the Gender Girdle: How Gender Affects You.”
Ochs is the editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide and co-editor of the GLBT anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World. Ochs will speak from 11am to 12:35 pm in room 100 of the Community Center Theatre.
Ochs, an educator, speaker, award-winning activist, has been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies. She has taught courses on LGBT history and politics, the politics of sexual orientation, and the experiences of those who transgress the binary categories of gay-straight, masculine-feminine, black-white and male-female.
An advocate for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full legal equality, Ochs’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements. She lives in Massachusetts and on May 17, 2004, the first day it was legal to do so, Ochs married Peg Preble.
An LGBT activist for the past three decades, Ochs’s work with the gay and lesbian community moved into a higher gear in 1983 when she helped found the Boston Bisexual Network and began teaching topics surrounding sexual orientation at Harvard University.
In 1985, Ochs helped found the Bisexual Resource Center. While teaching at Harvard she founded, and co-chaired a LGBT faculty and staff group on the campus. In 2004 and again in 2007 she was the keynote speaker at the Midwest LGBT Campus Conference, the largest LGBT student conference in the U.S.
In 2009 at the Creating Change Conference, Ochs was awarded the Susan J. Hyde Activism award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task force for her longevity in the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender movement. The same year Ochs retired from Harvard, but her work did not end there.
Since 2004 she has been on the board of directors of “Mass Equality,” Massachusetts’s state- wide equality organization. Ochs has done the rounds on the TV talk show circuit, and continues to be active as a public speaker, and writer, having her work published in women’s studies, bisexual, and multicultural publications.
Robyn Ochs also is the niece of the late Phil Ochs, a songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. The uncle performed at many political events during the 1960s, including anti-Vietnam war and civil rights rallies. Robyn Ochs’ mom, Sunny, is well known among the folk music community for her work in keeping Phil Ochs’ music alive.
In addition, Robyn Ochs’ other uncle is Michael Ochs, is known for his extensive collection of pictures of rock and roll musicians, dating back the 1950s and 1960s. Michael Ochs has been called “America’s preeminent rock ‘n’ roll photo archivist.’’
For more information on the Robyn Ochs event, please contact CCBC Student Life Dundalk: http://ccbcmd.edu/collegelife/dundalk/index.html or call 443-840-3350. Student Life Dundalk’s office is located in Room 221 of the College Community Center. No ticket is required for the Ochs’ event.
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