On Monday evening, February 8th, Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé passed away. Dr. Farajajé was surrounded by a small group of family and friends at Alta Bates Medical Center in Oakland, California where he had been struggling to recover from a heart attack. We offer our condolences to family.
Dr. Farajajé, who has also been known as Elias Farajajé-Jones, was a keynote speaker at the BECAUSE Conference twice and a long-time activist working at the intersections of race, faith, gender, and sexuality. Our community has lost a person who touched many lives, expanded many minds, and filled many hearts with joy. FaceBook bi+ groups have blossomed with remembrances of Dr. Farajajé in a beautiful outpouring of love.
BiNet USA has created their first ever #BlackBisexualHistoryMonth shareable image to honor Dr. Farajajé which was released yesterday as part of their memorial blog post.
There will be a workshop session at BECAUSE 2016 celebrating Dr. Farajajé's life and work.
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.