Hi BOP-ers! Hope you can join us for some fun and exciting events coming up next month! Mark your calendars and come build community with us!
Bi+ Book Club:"For Sizakele" by Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
Wednesday, March 7; 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Quatrefoil Library: 1220 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Do you love to read and talk about books? BOP's Bi+ Book Club is 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. Hosted by Cary.
Summary: Taylor, a queer Nigerian college student, is in a passionate relationship with Lee, a black American basketball-playing pianist. When Taylor develops romantic feelings for Sy, a Cameroonian photographer whose similarities make them instant family, Taylor battles Lee’s jealousy. As Taylor encounters challenges to her femme and African identities, she finds ways, through the kinship of her friends, to define herself on her own terms. For Sizakele addresses transcontinental identity, intimate partner violence, queer gender and how we love as illuminators of who we are.
Bi+ Community Discussion
Thursday, March 15; 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Common Roots Cafe: 2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
Come join our discussion group the THIRD Thursday of every Month. This is a safe and welcoming environment and a great way to navigate bi+ issues and bond with other community members. We are gathering at 6pm to chit chat and order food and drinks. We will change the location each month, so please keep an eye on where to meet. A Board member facilitator will bring topics to get the conversation started or we can talk about your questions and issues.
Bi+ Yoga with YogaQuest: Firefly
Wednesday, March 21; 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
YogaQuest: 2920 S Bryant Ave #110, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Cost: $15, cash, check, or credit
BOP is sponsoring this event and is able to offer a sliding scale to make this event financially accessible to all of our bi+ community members. Leah will be at check-in to assist you. YogaQuest is unlike any yoga class you may have experienced before! It is a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction storytelling. Your quest is guided by a narrator and a certified yoga instructor, as the class embarks on an epic, and often ridiculous, journey through a popular fandom. Move through the story by following a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Pose nerdy with us! This class is appropriate for all body types and experience levels. Bring a water bottle and come dressed to move. Don't have a mat of your own? We have mats and props available to borrow for class.
Pancakes for Pansexuals
Saturday, March 31: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Nicollet Diner: 1428 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Celebrate pansexuality with BOP and FREE pancakes at The Nicollet Diner! A buffet of pancakes and toppings will be available from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the back room (look for the flags!) with milk and/or orange juice included. You may order other food or beverage items if you choose, but they will be pay-your-own-way. You don't have to be pansexual to attend - all pancake lovers are welcome!
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.