FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2015
CONTACT: LYNNETTE MCFADZEN
CONTACT: CAMILLE HOLTHAUS
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Bisexual Organizing Project Announces Conference Theme and Keynote Speakers
Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) announces the BECAUSE Conference theme and keynote speakers for 2015. BECAUSE 2015 will be held April 17 – 19, 2015 at U of M Coffman Memorial Union. The conference will focus on leadership with the tag line “Developing Leaders to Empower Community” and the keynote speakers will be Andrea Jenkins and Eliel Cruz.
Andrea Jenkins is an award winning playwright, visual artist, poet, writer, spoken word artist, performer, and Bush Leadership Fellow. Andrea also works as a Senior Policy Aide to the 8th Ward Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. She is a nationally known trans activist who has been a vital part of community organizing in the Twin Cities. In 2014 she created The City of Minneapolis Transgender Work Group, which looks at issues facing the trans community and makes policy recommendations to city government. Andrea has held directorships with numerous organizations including OutFront Minnesota, Forecast Public Art, District 202, PFund, The Minnesota HIV Services Planning Council, and National Writers Union.
Eliel Cruz has taken the online LGBT media world by storm as a writer and blogger providing insightful and timely coverage of important community issues. He is the bi editor of Advocate.com and contributes to Religion News Service, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism and Mic writing on (bi)sexuality, gender, religion, and media. In addition to writing, Eliel also works to reconcile Seventh-day Adventist campuses through his 501(c)(3) organization Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition.
BECAUSE stands for Bisexual Empowerment Conference, A Uniting Supportive Experience. The conference’s mission is to create a safe, supporting, and empowering community in which participants are encouraged to discover and celebrate their sexual identities. As the nation’s only major conference by, for, and about bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer and unlabeled (bi+) people and their allies, BECAUSE serves as a national gathering for bi+ activists, community members, professionals, students, and researchers. Allies are enthusiastically invited to attend.
BECAUSE is welcoming and inclusive of all people, including but not limited to people of all genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, sexes, relationship orientations, races, ethnicities, national origins, abilities, religions, sizes, political affiliations, and others. BECAUSE and BOP embrace the many intersectionalities of the bi+ community and encourage people of all backgrounds and experiences to participate fully.
Preregistration for BECAUSE is available online through April 11th, 2015. Attendees are encouraged to preregister as the conference provides multiple meals to attendees. On-site registration is also available.
Nobody turned away due to inability to pay. Pay what you can and free registration options available.
Regular Registration: $60
Student Registration: $40
University of MN Students: Free
Tabling $50, Non-Profit $25
The BECAUSE Conference is the annual conference of Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered in Minnesota dedicated to building an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community. BOP provides in person community events throughout the year as well as outreach at regional Pride celebrations and community education through customized presentations. BOP also works in partnership with other groups and individuals in the Upper Midwest who are organizing events serving the 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.