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Talks address gay civil rights, spectrum of sexuality

Oct. 28, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Activist and professional speaker and workshop presenter Robyn Ochs will discuss variations in sexual identity and related topics Thursday, Nov. 4, at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University.

Presentation at K College
"Imagining Our Lives"
Thursday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m., Mandelle Hall, Olmsted Room

  • This program will provide words of encouragement in today's conflicted times, when advances in and popular support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights are increasing at the same time that homophobia is on the upswing and progress in some areas is being rolled back.

Presentation at WMU
"Beyond Binaries: Identity and the Sexuality Spectrum"
Thursday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m., Bernhard Center, North Ballroom

  • This interactive program will look at different experiences of identity and the complexity of attraction as well as the relationship between experience and self-identity and self-identity and the way people are "read" by others.

Ochs has taught courses on LBGT history and politics in the United States, the politics of sexual orientation, and the experiences of those who overstep such binary categories as gay/straight, masculine/feminine, black/white and male/female.

Her writings have been published in numerous anthologies, and she is the editor of the "Bisexual Resource Guide." Ochs also co-edited the second edition of "Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World," a new 42-country anthology containing 220 essays that explore bisexual identity.

Her Kalamazoo visit is being sponsored by Kalamazoo College, the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, and WMU's Gender and Women's Studies Program and Office of LBGT Student Services.

For more information, visit wmich.edu/lbgt or contact Sarah Stangl, coordinator of WMU's Office of LBGT Student Services, at (269) 387-2123.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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