Bi+ Book Club
Wednesday, March 3
Do you love to read and talk about books? Join Bisexual Organizing Project -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. Now hosted virtually by Cary!
The Bi+ Book Club reading for March will be "There There" by Tommy Orange.
There There is the first novel by Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange. Published in 2018, the book follows a large cast of Native Americans living in the Oakland, California area and contains several essays on Native American history and identity. The characters struggle with a wide array of challenges, ranging from depression and alcoholism, to unemployment, fetal alcohol syndrome, and the challenges of living with an "ambiguously nonwhite" ethnic identity in the United States. All of the characters unite at a community pow wow and its attempted robbery.
The book explores the themes of Native peoples living in urban spaces (Urban Indians), and issues of ambivalence and complexity related to Natives' struggles with identity and authenticity. There There was favorably received, and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. The book was also awarded a Gold Medal for First Fiction by the California Book Awards.
You may be eligible to participate in the Aging With Pride: IDEA program for LGBTQ+ adults and their caregivers! IDEA is a free six-week program to reduce stress and increase physical activity.
This program is for the LGBTQ community, whether you are the person experiencing memory loss or their care partner.
The pair will be compensated $125 for their time.
To learn more and to check eligibility:
1-888-655-6646 | ageIDEA@uw.edu | ageIDEA.org
This program is offered by the University of Washington and community partners in all 50 states.
Arts and Crafts Night
Wednesday, 1/13 @ 6:30 pm
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Join BOP in Zoom for an evening of socializing and creating arts and crafts. Let's break up the weekday monotony and get creative this humpday! Bring whatever it is you're working on, share your talent with others, give and watch demos of techniques, or just hang out with a beverage and snack and have a nice conversation. Maybe we can share our bi+ music lists and have some music playing lightly in the background or whatever inspires us to make stuff and hang out. We will begin at 6:30 pm CST and go until about 8:30 pm, but you can come and go as you please/as your schedule allows. It is a Wednesday night after all.
BOP Discussion Group
Monday, 1/18 @ 7:00 pm
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Come join our discussion group which happens every month. This is a safe and welcoming environment and a great way to navigate bi+ issues and bond with other community members. A Board member facilitator will bring topics to get the conversation started or we can talk about your questions and issues.
January topics: Let's talk about sex, love and dating.
Revealing your orientation to current or prospective partners; dealing with jealousy or irrational fear/phobia that you'll leave them for a member of a different sex; navigating interactions with individuals who think that being bisexual equates with exhibitionism, promiscuity, heightened infidelity risk, or the desire to have threesomes and/or non-monogamous relationships...and more.
If we were to meet in person, we would be in a meeting room at a coffee house, so make yourself comfortable and bring a coffee or a non-alcoholic beverage and comfort foods. You are welcome to bring questions to the group, bounce ideas off others, or just listen and be prepared to have a good time connecting with others.
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.