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Robyn Ochs receives Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the LGBT Movement

Date: 
March 06, 2009

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WASHINGTON, March 6 — Longtime bisexual rights activist Robyn Ochs was honored with the Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement at the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Ochs was recognized for her outstanding work and dedication to the LGBT movement and the advancement of equality.

Ochs is co-founder of the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network and the Bisexual Resource Center; editor of the international anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World; has taught gender and sexuality studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and Johnson State College; and is a strong advocate for transgender rights, marriage equality and animal rights.

The Susan J. Hyde Activism Award is named after Creating Change Director Sue Hyde in honor of her dedication and outstanding work for more than 20 years at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. It is awarded every year at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change to an activist who has a history of longevity in the LGBT movement.

In presenting the namesake award, Hyde told Ochs: “We hear your clear voice, we see your staunch advocacy and we respond to your loving insistence that our movement includes all of us.”

Ochs is co-founder of the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network and the Bisexual Resource Center; editor of the international anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World; has taught gender and sexuality studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and Johnson State College; and is a strong advocate for transgender rights, marriage equality and animal rights.

In her acceptance remarks, Ochs graciously said, “I salute everyone who is here today and I thank each of you for doing whatever type of work it is that you’re doing, because together, together with all these different types of work, we have a strong movement.”

This year’s Creating Change awards are made possible by the generosity of the Anderson Prize Foundation, the Gill Foundation and the International Court System.

Watch her full acceptance speech.

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