Activist, writer, and speaker Robyn Ochs is known worldwide for her work on LGBTQ issues with a focus on bisexual+ identities. She is the editor of Bi Women Quarterly, the next issue of which will begin its 38th year of publication, and two anthologies: the 42-country collection Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (with co-editor Sarah Rowley) and RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men (with co-editor H. Sharif Williams). In this first part of a two-part conversation with Robin Renée marking September’s bi awareness celebrations, Robyn talks about the history of bi visibility, breaks down her frequently quoted definition of bisexuality, and encourages those of nonbinary sexualities to communicate and work together. Pansexual, bisexual, omnisexual, queer, curious, or just want to learn more? Give this a listen!
Earlier in the show, Robin, Wendy Sheridan, and Mary McGinley chat about recent news: The appearance of illnesses related to vaping, potential cancellation of Republican primaries, Hurricane Dorian survivors kicked off a ferry, and some ways to help in the aftermath of the hurricane such as the HeadKnowles GoFundMe effort and Homestead Bahamas Hurricane Relief. After the interview, the co-hosts reflect on the Pagan celebration of Mabon and contemplating balance at the time of the Autumn Equinox.
Here are some reasons to celebrate: Bisexual Awareness Week (September 16th – 23rd), Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th), National Dance Day (September 21st), Elephant Appreciation Day, American Business Women’s Day, and Hobbit Day (September 22nd), Mabon and Celebrate Bisexuality Day/Bi Visibility Day (September 23rd), National VOTER REGISTRATION DAY and National Punctuation Day (September 24th). Birthday shout outs are in order this week for Jada Pinkett Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Adam West, George RR Martin, Stephen King, Bill Murray, Joan Jett, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Springsteen, and Jim Henson.
Things to do:
Buy BiProducts on Etsy!
Find Bi Visibility Day events.
Watch “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy
Watch “Phonetic Punctuation” by Victor Borge
June 25, 2016. Salem, MA. North Shore Pride Parade and Festival 2016. © 2016 Marilyn Humphries