In the spirit of creating opportunities for bi+ artists and building community for all our members, Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) is planning two events for artists in our community to showcase their works! If you are a musician, a visual artist, a poet, a spoken word artist, a filmmaker, a comedian, a maker of jewelry, a craftsperson, or any other type of artist, we would love to have you participate in either or both of the following events:
- A virtual concert and art show via Zoom on Saturday, April 10 at 7pm, where musicians, poets, spoken word artists, and other performance artists can play sets of about 10 minutes. Visual artists are also welcome to share their art on Zoom. We will also host a second Zoom event in late April or early May if enough people are interested in participating.
- An outdoor concert and art show in a public park in June, exact date and time TBD. BOP will provide electronic equipment, tables, and other amenities as needed. Folks will also be welcome to sell their work at this event. Depending on necessary COVID-19 safety protocols, space may be limited, and we will provide updates on the structure of this event as we are able.
If you are interested in participating in BOP's bi+ art events, click here to access our artist sign up form!
We will use the contact information you provide with this form to follow up with you about additional information and updates!
Thank you, and feel free to contact us at email@example.com with any questions or concerns!
Emily, Director at Large
and the BOP Board of Directors
Bi+ Book Club
Wednesday, March 3
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 March will be "There There" by Tommy Orange.
There There is the first novel by Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange. Published in 2018, the book follows a large cast of Native Americans living in the Oakland, California area and contains several essays on Native American history and identity. The characters struggle with a wide array of challenges, ranging from depression and alcoholism, to unemployment, fetal alcohol syndrome, and the challenges of living with an "ambiguously nonwhite" ethnic identity in the United States. All of the characters unite at a community pow wow and its attempted robbery.
The book explores the themes of Native peoples living in urban spaces (Urban Indians), and issues of ambivalence and complexity related to Natives' struggles with identity and authenticity. There There was favorably received, and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. The book was also awarded a Gold Medal for First Fiction by the California Book Awards.
You may be eligible to participate in the Aging With Pride: IDEA program for LGBTQ+ adults and their caregivers! IDEA is a free six-week program to reduce stress and increase physical activity.
This program is for the LGBTQ community, whether you are the person experiencing memory loss or their care partner.
The pair will be compensated $125 for their time.
To learn more and to check eligibility:
1-888-655-6646 | ageIDEA@uw.edu | ageIDEA.org
This program is offered by the University of Washington and community partners in all 50 states.
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.