From BOP Chair, Camille Holthaus:
For this 2015 Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDOR and for every day.
As a bisexual, cisgender woman, I stand with my trans siblings of all sexual orientations to remember transgender people who have been killed this year. I also stand with the trans community to call for more protections for trans people. Trans people experience violent hate crimes at much higher rates than the rest of the LGBT community. Trans women of color are the most vulnerable of an already besieged community and especially need our support and care.
I want to acknowledge the huge impact violence against trans people has on the bi+ community because so many of our community are trans. Bi+ people are not bystanders who can decided if we are involved or not. We stand together against people who do not understand us and who do not include us. Together we do the hard work of breaking down binary narratives. We must be inclusive of each other, support each other, and understand how our struggles are inextricably entwined.
Cis bi+ people must speak up about violence against trans people. It is our responsibility to use our cis privilege to create space for trans inclusion and leadership, to speak up where it might be too unsafe for a trans person to speak, and to act in all ways as the allies we are.
We are so much stronger together.
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.