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January 28th, 2010
Robyn Ochs to speak at Texas State

012710ochsRobyn Ochs will speak at the LBJ Student Center at Texas State. Photo by Marilyn Humphries.

STAFF REPORT

Texas State will host two lectures by activist and editor Robyn Ochs next Monday, Feb. 1. Her first presentation will be on the campus at the LBJ Student Center Room 3-15 at 3 p.m., and her second lecture will take place at the LBJ Teaching Theater at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In Och’s first presentation, “Working with Bisexual Students,” she will discuss the needs of young people who identify their sexual orientation as bisexual and what that label means to them and others. The presentation will be followed by discussion addressing these issues and how to best serve those coming out as bisexual.

The evening’s presentation, “Beyond Binaries; Identity and the Sexuality Spectrum”  focuses on what it means to transgress the binary categories of gay/straight or masculine/feminine in both the heterosexual and homosexual community, exploring the complexity of attraction and the relationship between experience and self identity.

Ochs is the editor of The Bisexual Resource Guide. She also edited the the first edition and newly published second edition Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, which features perspectives on bisexuality from 42 different countries. It is due to be published in Spanish this year.

Ochs has taught classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and Vermont’s Johnson State College. She’s been on numerous talk shows, including Rolanda, Maury Povich and Donahue. She was featured in both Seventeen magazine and Newsweek.

While her work stands on its own merit, it is worth noting that she comes by some of her heartfelt and outspoken nature genetically. She is the daughter of musician Sonny Ochs and the niece of the well-known folk-singer/topical songwriter, El Paso’s own Phil Ochs.

Her writing work been published in numerous anthologies. Her dynamic speaking style has received praise from many universities and colleges.

More information is available at the University Counseling Center at (512) 245-2208.

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