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BECAUSE is incredibly important. We've had a lot of roadblocks this year, but we are in the home stretch. We are very excited to bring this conference to you.
Some current needs to make this conference better:
We are in need of more funds to get food after another setback.
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BECAUSE 2017 is our 25th Anniversary of the first BECAUSE in 1992!
Our theme this year is, Coming Home: A Bi+ Past, Present, & Future
BECAUSE 2017 will be held on November 10th-12th at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN, USA
What is BECAUSE?
BECAUSE is the annual conference of the Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP), that was birthed out of deep need to find space of belonging, dedicated to building empowered bi, pan, fluid, queer, unlabeled (bi+), and allied communities. BECAUSE & BOP have national reach, but work primarily in the Upper Midwest, focusing especially on our local Twin Cities & Greater Metro Area communities. Our conference was founded in 1992 by a handful of bi+ activists and has grown into the largest conference centered around non-monosexual identities in the United States. BECAUSE, which stands for "Bi+ Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience," strives to be welcoming and inclusive - embracing the many intersectionalities of the bi+ community and encouraging people of all backgrounds and experiences to join us for this eventful weekend full of networking, community building, education, and organizing to create a more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable LGBTQIA community. BECAUSE is a home and family to many and we hope to continue to do so for another 25 years.
Bi+ people are often said to be fence-sitters by others, but we say that we are bridge-builders. BECAUSE is about fostering connection-- connection with ourselves, connection with each other, and connection with the world around us. BECAUSE is more than just a weekend thrown together by a bunch of unpaid volunteers, BECAUSE is an often life saving experience that impacts and informs who we are and how we hold ourselves in the world. This conference is sometimes the only space where a bi+ person can be in a room full of other bi+ people. It is a sigh of relief when we realize that we are not alone, but surrounded by much needed support and that we have something to give, then are encouraged to find that something and do it. BECAUSE is a place to come together to share our stories and find strength, beauty, sorrow, pain, laughter, love, and a lot of badassery in each other. It is a moment in the middle of many other moments where we can remember, recharge, relax, and rock the boat.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the first conference, our theme is “Coming Home: A Bi+ Past, Present, & Future”. We will gather once again and remember where we have been, honor those we have lost, notice where we are and who has not made it to us, feel that, and together dream up where we want to go then fight like hell to get there. If this will be your first time, welcome. You belong here.
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