BOP has plenty of fun events to keep you connected to community this December!
Bi+ Board Game Night
Tuesday, December 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Minneapolis Central Library: 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55429
Come meet us for a low-key game night at the Minneapolis Central Library in the Mark E. Johnson Conference Room N202. We will bring a few games to choose from. Feel free to bring some of your favorite games to share. Food is not allowed in this space. Water will need to be in a sealed container. The meeting room is on the second floor - there is an elevator. Bathrooms are accessible and there are drinking fountains. This event is limited to 20 people. Also, feel free to just come and hang out and chat, knit, etc. Please avoid scents. Dress comfortable.
Bi+ Book Club: "Refusing to be a Man" by John Stoltenberg
Wednesday, December 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Quatrefoil Library: 1220 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Do you love to read and talk about books? Join 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. Hosted by Cary.
Summary: Since its original publication in 1989, Refusing to be a Man has been acclaimed as a classic and widely cited in gender studies literature. In 13 eloquent essays, Stoltenberg articulates the first fully argued liberation theory for men that will also liberate women. He argues that male sexual identity is entirely a political and ethical construction whose advantages grow out of injustice. His thesis is, however, ultimately one of hope - that precisely because masculinity is so constructed, it is possible to refuse it, to act against it and to change. A new introduction by the author discusses the roots of his work in the American civil rights and radical feminist movements and distinguishes it from the anti-feminist philosophies underlying the recent tide of reactionary mens movements.
Bi+ Community Discussion Meetup
Thursday, December 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Common Roots Cafe: 2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
We will meet in the party room beyond the front counter. You are welcome to order food and beverages to enjoy during the meeting! Join our discussion group the THIRD Thursday of every Month. This is a safe and welcoming environment and a great way to navigate bi+ issues and bond with other community members. We are gathering at 6:30 PM to chit chat and order food and drinks. We will change the location each month, so please keep an eye on where to meet. A Board member facilitator will bring topics to get the conversation started or we can talk about your questions and issues.
Did you know 19% of bisexuals don't have health insurance? Don't miss out on the open enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act! Open enrollment ends December 15th!
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.