The Short Story
KaeLyn Rich (she/her) is a queer feminist, a direct action organizer, a nonprofit leader, a word wrangler, and a sexuality educator. Her community organizing experience dates back to stuffing folders for her parents’ union meetings around the dining room table. She’s an adoptee immigrant from South Korea, a comfort food foodie, and a persistent devotee of the Oxford comma. She lives in Rochester, NY with her spouse, a baby T. rex, a xenophobic cat, and a rascally rabbit.
The Long Read
KaeLyn is the Executive Director of Bitch Media, an independent nonprofit feminist media organization best known for the essential Bitch Magazine. Bitch Media also produces one-of-a-kind podcasts, an online publication, an intentionally inclusive writing fellowship, Bitch on Campus, and the Rage membership program. Bitch has over 6 million readers around the globe.
Like a proper millenial, KaeLyn has several side hustles.
KaeLyn is a professional speaker on intersectionality, activism and organizing, and LGBTQ issues. From 2011-2015, she traveled to colleges and universities across the United States with Sex Discussed Here, co-presenting funny, smart, honest lectures and programs about sexual health and responsible intimacy, safer sex, LGBTQI+ issues and much more. (Yes, it was a cool job!)
She’s a freelance writer and author whose first book, Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activist, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution (Quirk Books), a YA activism handbook was released in August 2018. She’s a contributing writer for the popular queer online publication, Autostraddle, where she writes biweekly columns on community organizing and queer parenting and other various content about queer politics, life, and culture. Her writing has been featured on Everyday Feminism, Bitch Media, Feministe, Sex. Justice. Change., Bitch and in other online publications.
Formerly, KaeLyn was the Assistant Advocacy Director for Chapters of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Prior to that, KaeLyn was the community affairs coordinator at Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region (currently known as Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York). She has also worked at Services to Aid Families, a rape crisis/domestic violence program in rural Central New York and held various jobs in the service industry including as a manager at a local McDonald’s restaurant.
KaeLyn is a founding member of the WOC^ART Collaborative, a multi-generational collective of Black womxn & womxn of color creators in Rochester NY. Her creative work was showcased at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference as part of the 2004 Creative Writing Series. In 2012, KaeLyn was co-editor of the inaugural edition of the ImageOutWrite Literary Journal, a collection of writing by and about LGBTQ authors. She penned a monthly queer women’s health column in the Empty Closet from 2007-2010. In 2014, she co-authored an article on feminist praxis in student leadership programs published in Feminist Community Engagement: Achieving Praxis (Palgrave Macmillan).
KaeLyn is a founding board member and the first volunteer co-trainer of Connect & Breathe, a taboo-breaking after-abortion talkline. She served on the board of ImageOut: the Rochester LGBT Film & Video Festival for six years, during which served on various committees from strategic planning to special events and watched a gazillion LGBTQ+ films. She also previously served on the state board of Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York.
KaeLyn holds B.A. degrees in women’s studies and English from SUNY College at Oswego and a M.A. in Liberal Studies degree from SUNY College at Brockport with an emphasis on feminist intersectionality in the nonprofit sector. She completed a graduate certificate in nonprofit management at SUNY College at Brockport in 2009. She was an inaugural 2011 National Council for Research on Women (currently known as Re:Gender) young professional fellow of their “Building the Next Generation of Women in the Nonprofit Sector” program. She teaches women and gender studies courses about LGBTQ+ cultures and histories at local colleges including SUNY College at Brockport and the University of Rochester.