Cambridge Bisexual Activist Marcia Deihl Dies in Bike Accident
By all accounts, Marcia Deihl was a character. One of her YouTube posts is of her whistling a song and hoping that her nieces and nephews will live to see “When I’m 64” which she was, unless we do something about climate change.
She was a songwriter, an activist, and the Boston Globe even talked about “Bizarre Song Parties” which are all over YouTube.
She was killed in a bike accident on Wednesday at 1:30 in the afternoon when a dump truck driver hit her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
She co-founded the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network, sharing a stage with Pete Seeger and notorious as “a convener of Bizarre Song Parties,” as a friend recall
Friends on her Facebook page have recalled her and share the great loss.
Longtime friend and fellow bisexual activist Robyn Ochs reacted on Facebook:
I just found out that my long-time friend Marcia Deihl was killed today while riding her bicycle in Cambridge. I’ve known Marcia since September of 1982. She was an amazing woman, and one of the co-founders of the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network. Together we were BiVocals — a bi women’s support group that met for about 10 years. Marcia was a singer, a writer of stories and songs, a convener of Bizarre Song Parties. She retired recently after working for about 30 years at Harvard’s Tozzer Library. I’m posting this so that our many mutual friends can be informed. I miss you already, Marcia. My heart hurts.
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at Mike@bisexual.org