Date: 06/26/2009 10:53 P.M Eastern Daylight Time Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-585-9368
Longtime bisexual rights activist Robyn Ochs will be among a number of LGBT families, volunteers, activists, and community leaders invited to attend a reception at the White House on the afternoon of Monday, 29 June 2009 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. President Obama is scheduled to speak at the Reception. Ochs said, "This is the best presidential administration I've ever lived under, and my expectations are high."
Ochs will be there as a representative of the civil-rights and advocacy groups BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) as well as of the bisexual community. She will be accompanied by her spouse Peg Preble who she wed in Massachusetts on May 17th 2004 the first day it was legal for same sex couples to marry anywhere in the United States.
Ochs is the editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide, the quarterly journal Bi Women and the anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World now being released in it's 2nd edition. She teaches courses on LGBT history & politics in the United States, the politics of sexual orientation, and the experiences of those of us who transgress the binary categories of gay/straight, masculine/feminine, black/white and/or male/female. Her writings have been published in numerous bisexual, women's studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies.
Ochs will also be taking with her a letter from the New England Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Veterans which she hope to present to President Obama. The letter calls for President Obama to end the inhumane "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and was signed by the group's officer's including the current President Cliff Arnesen a bisexual veteran, Vice-President Leo Dorrington a gay veteran, Secretary/Treasurer Rick Buchanan a gay veteran, Janice Josephine Carney a transgender veteran and Miriam Ben-Shalom a lesbian veteran.
The historic gathering is the first of this presidency and the very first to specifically include representatives of both the bisexual and transgender communities. This important milestone for the bisexual community has had a profound effect on many people. Said Larry Nelson a member of the New York Bisexual Network (NYABN) and widower of the late Bi-identified LGBT activist and "Mother of Pride" Brenda Howard, "how proud Brenda would be about this and that it is finally happening."
Said Ochs "I'll be there to represent bisexual people, an identity group that is often overlooked both within our beautiful LGBTQ community as well as in mainstream society."
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