Give to the Max Day
November 19, 2020
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BOP will once again be participating in Give to the Max Day, an annual day of online giving for Minnesota non-profits! You don't have to wait until November 19 to donate! The Early Giving Period of Give to the Max Day has begun, and you can make your donation count now! All gifts made during the Early Giving period are also eligible for daily $500 Early Giving Golden Tickets, and a $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket drawn at midnight as soon as GTMD20 is over.
In years past, BOP's fundraising goals have been in support of our major community-building programs; BECAUSE, Twin Cities PRIDE, Bi-Lesque, and year-round events and meetings to build, support, and advocate for an empowered bi+ community. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, building, accessing, and staying in community faces new challenges. The ways in which we are used to gathering and connecting are not currently available to us, and the void left in the absence of these community spaces is palpable.
Bi+ individuals make up 52% of the LGBTQ+ population, but bi+ folks are less likely than gay and lesbian adults to access LGBTQ+ specific programming and activities. There is a direct link between access to community and resources and mental health outcomes. Recent data shows that bi+ individuals experience significantly higher rates of mental illness, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, substance abuse and chemical dependency, workplace discrimination, poverty, and social isolation than gay, lesbian, and heterosexual populations. Furthermore, institutional funding of bisexual issues and organizations has been the lowest of all LGBTQ+ demographics tracked since 2002, and most LGBTQ+ organizations still do not offer bi+ specific resources or programming. In the age of quarantine and social distancing, the effects of isolation are magnified for our already marginalized community. There is a critical need for community building and resources for the bi+ community, and BOP's mission is to meet that need! Your donations go directly towards helping the bi+ community thrive!
BOP is working hard to continue to provide bi+ community spaces and resources in new, safe ways. We have suspended our in-person events and meetings, and have been focused on building our online presence with virtual events instead. We have partnered with local artists and makers to provide fabric masks to our community, which is a critical resource. Your donations support our ability to continue this work as a volunteer-run non-profit, and will ensure that someday, when this is all over, we will still be there for our community in the ways we have been cultivating since the very first BECAUSE in 1992.
And as always, your donations will allow us to offer the following to our community, when it is once again safe to do so:
Please consider donating to support BOP's work! We cannot do it without the support of our community members and allies! Thank you!
Click here to donate to support BOP's continued commitment to building a thriving bi+ community!
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.