BOP has been informed that the author of the book selected for our January Bi+ Book Club meeting, Sherman Alexie, faces numerous accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. First, thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. Our book club organizer was unaware of these allegations, and has enthusiastically agreed to select a new book, which will be done tomorrow.
Second, we recognize the severity of these allegations, and believe the accusers. We sincerely apologize if the book club's selection of this book was harmful to our membership, the bi+ community, or abuse victims anywhere. We understand that even honest mistakes can cause painful feelings, and we're committed to learning from this mistake as we move forward.
Please feel free to reach out, either publicly or privately, if there is any discussion you wish to have regarding this issue. We welcome feedback and conversation.
In the coming days, we'll have a discussion about how to prevent mistakes like these in the future. To those who responded to this post--THANK YOU for the call in. We're listening.
The 2018-2019 BOP Board
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.