“Getting Bi” with Robyn Ochs
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
3:00p | Choosing to Label Workshop (for LGBTQ+ Youth) – FREE
5:30p | Getting Bi Workshop (for all ages) – $15 Registration or $10 for Center Members
7:30p | Discussion on Bi+ Activism with Shari Lucas – FREE
Co-Op High School – Choosing to Label Workshop
177 College Street, New Haven
New Haven Pride Center – Getting Bi Workshop & Discussion on Bi+ Activism
84 Orange Street, New Haven
On the third day of PRIDE New Haven we are coming together for an evening with renowned Bisexual activist and advocate Robyn Ochs. Kicking off the night is her workshop “Getting Bi” where participants will explore bisexuality and discuss ways in which as a community we can move forward and advocate better for each other and creating supportive spaces (full description below). Following the workshop join us for a discussion on Bisexual activism with Robyn with local Bisexual activist Shari Lucas.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Choosing to Label: What’s in a Name?
Bi, lesbian, gay, straight, queer, questioning, choose-not-to-label, etc. How do you decide which label to use? What do labels do? What don’t they do? Is it possible to avoid labels? What is the difference between ascribed labels and labels we choose? How can we manage our identities in order to get the maximum benefit with the minimum cost? Let’s think creatively and proactively about identity. This is a participatory program, and all are welcome.
Getting Bi: Unpacking Biphobia and Bi Erasure and Creating a Culture of Inclusion
The Williams Institute estimates that half of the LGB population self-identifies as bisexual and/or pansexual. Recent research points to high levels of minority stress in this population, yet there is little direct attention given to this population. We will explore definitions of bisexuality and other labels claimed by people who occupy the space between and outside of the binaries, look at some of the challenges to recognizing and understanding this often-overlooked segment of the LGBTQ+ community and brainstorm strategies for supporting bisexual people. Click here to register.
Meet the Speakers
Robyn is an educator, speaker, grassroots activist, and editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: the 42-country collection Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. An advocate for the rights of people of ALL orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full access and opportunity, Robyn’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. Robyn was recently named by Teen Vogue as one of “9 Bisexual Women Who are Making History.”
Shari lives in Niantic with her husband and is openly bisexual. She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University and Yale University where she majored in music. Currently she is the Minister of Music at First Church in Middletown, an Open and Affirming congregation. Shari leads a Bisexual+ Discussion Group as well as a LGBTQIA Potluck Social, both held monthly at First Church. As an activist, Shari has brought her Bisexual+ table to local Pride events with the goal of creating space, awareness, and visibility for the Bisexual+ community.
This series of events is a part of PRIDE New Haven 2019. Thank you to all of the sponsors of PRIDE New Haven for making this event and other events possible.
168 York Street Cafe
Elm City Social
Nutmeg State Financial
Southern Connecticut State University
Te Amo Tequila
Three Sheets New Haven
Additional Community Sponsors
AT&T, Bristol Health, Fair Haven Community Health Care, Indeed, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England