FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday September 26, 2014
CONTACT: CAMILLE HOLTHAUS CAMILLE.HOLTHAUS@BISEXUALORGANIZINGPROJECT.COM
Bisexual Organizing Project Announces 2014 Community Recognition Award Winners
Minneapolis, MN, USA: Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) held its annual event for Celebrate Bisexuality Day at the newly opened Nicollet Diner on Tuesday September 23, 2014. This event featured the unveiling of the 2014 recipients of the BOP Community Recognition Awards.
In 2009, BOP developed the Community Recognition Awards (CRA) in response to the lack of other awards specifically recognizing work done by and for bisexual and other non-monosexual communities and their allies in the Upper Midwest. CRA seeks to fill this gap and to inspire more individuals, organizations, and businesses to serve bisexual and non-monosexual communities and include bisexual and non-monosexual issues in their work and organizing. BOP gives up to one award yearly in each of three categories: business, individual, and community organization.
The 2014 Community Recognition Award winner in the category of Community Organization is the PFund Foundation, a solid ally to bisexual communities since the 1990's. Under the recent leadership of Susan Raffo and Kate Eubank, PFund has further deepened its commitment to social justice for bisexual, transgender, lesbian, and gay people with intersectional identities. In recognition of its longtime support of the bisexual community, we are proud to present PFund with the 2014 Community Recognition Award for a Community Organization.
The 2014 Individual Community Recognition Award winner is BOP's own Lou Hoffman, who published the BiFocal zine from 1988 to 1993, began her political bi activism in 1989, set up the first bisexual pride booth in 1992, worked on the original BECAUSE planning committee in 1992, has worked on every BECAUSE since then, and has served as the public face of the bisexual community at Twin Cities Pride for 22 years. Ms Hoffman has been an integral part of most major bisexual events in the Twin Cities, and in 2013 she was invited to participate in the first White House Roundtable for Bisexual Issues in Washington, DC. She has served for many years on the BOP Board of Directors, and is currently the co-chair. In 2011 Ms Hoffman was selected as the Twin Cities Pride Everyday Hero, and in 2013 she won the Lavendar Community Award. In recognition of her commitment and continued efforts on behalf of the bisexual community, Bisexual Organizing Project is extremely proud to announce Lou Hoffman as the 2014 Individual Community Recognition Award winner.
The Community Recognition Awards recipients are nominated by BOP members and selected by the BOP Community Recognition Awards committee. Anyone interested in working with the board or volunteering with BOP should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. BOP is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization.
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.