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Ally Week: "Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality" with Robyn Ochs (DICE)


Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Cartoon Room, Ohio Union

Admission: Free

In recognition of Bisexual Awareness Week, the Student Life Mulitcultural Center, in collaboration with the Alonso Family Dialogue Series and Ally Week,  presents...

"Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality" with Robyn Ochs

About the Workshop: How do we assign labels to our complicated and unique experiences of sexuality? In this interactive program we will explore the landscape of sexuality,  conduct a thought-provoking anonymous survey of those present, and look together at the data. Where do we fall on various sexuality continua? How do we label? How old were we when we came to our identities and to our sexualities? How asexual/sexual are we? How well do our friends/family members understand our sexuality? This program will expand your perspective and change the way you think about labels.

Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, grassroots activist, and editor of two anthologies: the 42-country collection Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (2009) and RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men (2015).  In addition, her writings have been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBTQ+ anthologies. Robyn has taught courses on LGBTQ+ history & politics in the United States and Canada, the politics of sexual orientation, & the experiences of those who transgress the binary categories of gay|straight, masculine|feminine, black|white &/or male | female.

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.

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here:

Ally Week is an initiative that seeks to reach out to the entire Ohio State campus community in an effort to encourage students, staff and faculty to act in solidarity with and on behalf of people who are of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual identity, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic class, or other identity different than their own.

Each of the week's events and programs are heavily focused on the themes of awareness, education and action. The Week of Action sponsors, The Student Life Multicultural Center and Residence Life, are invested in working with the Ohio State community to share the information and tools necessary for everyone to actively participate as an "ally" to members of our campus and Central Ohio community.

At the conclusion of the week, we hope that all participants will have a better understanding of their fellow Buckeyes and have learned new tools in advocating for one another.

Sign the “Week of Action” Pledge

All Week

Stop by the Student Life Multicultural Center, located in the Ohio Union, to sign the Week of Action Pledge.

Post your statement to social media with the hashtag #BuckeyeValues and get a free t-shirt!

Appy Frykenberg
Student Life Multicultural Center

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