We will be hosting a hybrid event October 1-3, 2021, with programming available at the Wellstone Center in Saint Paul, MN as well as online!
Have you ever wanted to be involved in planning the oldest and largest conference for the bi+ community in the United States? Volunteer to be a BECAUSE co-chair!
BECAUSE (Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience) is a program of Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP), by, for, and about the community of people attracted to more than one gender who may use labels such as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, or no label at all (bi+). Founded in 1992, BECAUSE has long been a space for connecting and building in bi+ community by providing workshops, community activities, keynote addresses, community meals, and entertainment that center and celebrate the diverse lived experiences of bi+ individuals. Current BECAUSE policies can be reviewed at www.becauseconference.org.
The BECAUSE Conference seeks one individual to be co-chair for BECAUSE 2022 with co-chair trainee and current BOP board member Sirius Chessmore. This is a three year commitment. The outline of the timeline of this commitment is as follows:
Now - October 2021: Trainee with the current co-chairs,
February - October 2022: Co-chair of BECAUSE 2022 and trainer for the BECAUSE 2023 co-chairs,
February - October 2023: As mentor to the BECAUSE 2023 co-chairs.
Co-chairs are responsible to the BOP board of directors for overseeing all aspects of the BECAUSE conference including fundraising, promotions, programming, meals, entertainment, etc. BECAUSE has existing experienced volunteers and continues to grow its pool of year-to-year volunteers. In addition to a year of training with the current co-chairs, trainees will have written resources and a well developed framework in which to select guest presenters and programming they determine will be of benefit to the bi+ community.
BECAUSE encourages trans, BIPOC and youth to consider this position. All BECAUSE co-chairs should identify as someone attracted to more than one gender. If you are interested in the co-chair trainee position, or would like more information, please contact:
Bi+ Book Club
Wednesday, June 2 @ 7:00-9:00 pm
Do you love to read and talk about books? Join Bisexual Organizing Project -BOP's Bi+ Book Club, a place to read fiction, biography, creative non-fiction, history, theory, and activist works. Come discuss readings and ideas about, for, and by bisexuals and other non-monosexual folks. Now hosted virtually by Cary!
The Bi+ Book Club reading for June will be "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" by N.K. Jemisin
Join Zoom Meeting:
Synopsis: "After her mother's mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.
With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate -- and gods and mortals -- are bound inseparably together."
Virtual Bi+ Art Fair
Saturday, April 10
@7:00 - 8:30pm
Do you want to hear some great music and see some great art by local bi+ artists? Bisexual Organizing Project is holding an art on Saturday, April 10 at 7pm Central Time on Zoom. We'll have musicians playing their music, visual artists showcasing and talking about their work, a short film on LGBTQ issues, and much more! Hope you can join us!
Click here for Zoom link!
BECAUSE 2020 Cancelled
The BECAUSE leadership team and the BOP board have been reviewing forecasts for what this Fall will look like including continued COVID hotspots, limitations on travel, and how people are going to be feeling about being large groups. We feel the most responsible action at this time is to cancel BECAUSE 2020. We have explored moving the conference on line as many conferences and gatherings have done and find it is not the best option for BECAUSE.
The BOP board is developing virtual community building that we hope will help bridge this time for our community. Please check out BOP's Facebook Page, Facebook Group, Meetup Group, and Twitter to stay informed of upcoming events.
We are currently in discussion with our location, Wellstone Center, and our planned speakers and special guests to make BECAUSE 2021 one of the best ever. We hope you will join us in October 2021.
Build, serve and advocate for an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community to promote social justice.
Within the next five years grow Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) into a successfully-run Upper Midwest nonprofit organization with annual funding of $100,000 that provides community building, education, and advocacy for the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community and our allies.