This was the BECAUSE 2015 Workshop Schedule!
Workshop Rating System: Ratings are given in parentheses following workshop descriptions. E Everyone T Teens (suitable for ages 13+) M Mature AO Adults Only (18+)
Schedule subject to change.
Workshop Session #1 Saturday 9:45-11:00am
Bi+ & Trans* Intersections: Non-Binary Communities in Common Cause Room 303 JamieAnn Meyers, Paul Nocera Every day bisexual and transgender individuals challenge binary essentialist definitions of sexuality and gender identity, with the result that our existence is often denied, making us invisible. In this session we will use a variety of activities and group discussion in order to: 1) identify and explore the intersections and the common ground between bisexual and transgender communities and the similar challenges that both communities face; 2) develop strategies to create more inclusive bisexual and transgender communities; 3) recognize opportunities for organizing around our common intersections. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Introduction to Asexuality Room 325 Amy Andrzejewski, Liam Gilson What's it mean to be asexual? Why do asexual people need a community? This workshop will cover the basics of asexuality, asexual identities, intersectionality and fellowship with the LGBT community, and the status of the asexual community. Join us in exploring this different perspective on sexuality and identity. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none Beyond Binaries: Identity & Sexuality Room 321 Robyn Ochs This program explores the landscape of sexuality, and how we “map” sexual orientation. In this interactive workshop we will conduct an anonymous survey of those present, and look together at the data. Where do we fall on the sexuality continuum? How do we label? How monogamous are we? In this fun and interactive program we will explore different experiences of identity, the interplay between gender identity and sexual orientation, the complexities of attraction, and more, smashing binaries as we go. (E) Physical Activity Required: Some movement included, guests are welcome to opt out. Putting the "B" in LGBT HistoryRoom 323 Sarah Weaver, Martha Hardy, Lisa Vecoli History often overlooks Bi/non-monosexual voices. This session will describe work being done by the Bi+Story Project and the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies to collect and preserve Bi/non-monosexual voices for current and future generations. Participants will learn how they can record their own stories and preserve materials independently or for inclusion in an archive. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none Gender Reel Presents....Room 324 Joe Ippolito Gender Reel, the country's only film & performance art festival and production program, presents three films about the unique experiences of dating in the trans/gender non-conforming and queer community. A short Q&A with Gender Reel's Founder & Chair will be held after the film screenings to discuss content. Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure: The first episode in an animated documentary web-series about the successes, failures, and incredible confusion trying to date as a genderqueer/trans person. (Filmmaker: Sam Berliner, 2013, 12 minutes). Crazy Hot: This short film takes a campy look at ups and downs of dating. It is a valentine to all those hopeless romantics that endure the lunatic antics of that special someone…if only for a song. (Filmmaker: Stephanie Saint Sanchez, 2014, 10 minutes). Brace: This short film tackles issues of homophobic hate crime, and gang violence against LGBT youth, set against a backdrop of troubled young love. Brace is a visually stunning glimpse into London’s queer nightlife, and the perils that exist behind the bright lights. (Filmmakers: Jake Graf, Alicya Eyo, Sophy Holland, 2013, 25 minutes). (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Leadership is Relationships Room 326 J. Michael Cavitt Leaders are the result of nurturing relationships and trust. Participants will be introduced to the four points of the Systems for Strengthening Relationship™ from "The 'R' Effect: How Nurturing Relationships is The Key to Boosting ANY Business" by J. Michael Cavitt: Why do you want the relationship? Who do you want in a relationship? How will you nurture the relationship? What result do you want from the relationship? (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Workshop Session #2 Saturday 11:15am-12:30pm
Challenging Bi Erasure and Biphobia Room 321 Robyn Ochs Allies, bi folks, and others in the middle sexualities: join us as we explore the effects of binary thinking in our own lives. How can we unlearn negative messages and misinformation and be proactive and fabulous rather than defensive? (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none BiLaw! BiLawrriors Discuss Bringing Bisexuals to Legal Discourse Room 302 and Bringing the Law to Bisexuals (AKA How To Start A New Bi Organization for Your Profession) Heron Greenesmith, Nancy Marcus For the workshop description:In this panel presentation, Heron Greenesmith and Nancy Marcus, two of the founding members of the new national BiLaw organization for bi lawyers, law profs and students, will share the story of the group’s evolution since its inception in 2013, including a discussion of: 1) Navigating coalition-building dynamics 2) Issues with starting an informal non-hierarchal organization: the challenges and the rewards; and 3) Tailoring arguments to a legal audience: amicus brief writing and beyond. Greenesmith and Marcus will also talk about challenges facing bisexual litigants and share their experiences as out bisexual attorneys. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none HIV 101: The Basics of Transmission and Prevention Room 323 Matthew Stewart and Sam Robertson This workshop presented by staff of the Minnesota AIDS Project is intended to give participants an overview of HIV disease, with emphasis on these specific topics: -HIV disease progression, treatment and medications -HIV transmission, prevention and testing -How HIV relates to mental health and chemical health -HIV-related laws and policies. (T) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Bi+ Essentials for Ally Organizations Room 324 BOP Education & Activism Committee Members For the workshop description: Who is in the bi+ community? What stereotypes are there about bi+ people and what impact do those stereotypes have? What challenges do bi+ individuals face? How can LGBT and ally organizations better support their bi+ members? This workshop is a version of the presentation BOP has taken to LGBT organizations around the metro area as part of BOP's work to increase bi+ specific programming. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to moderate, can opt out
Polyamory and More!Room 303 Anna! Stitch! Brandy! Relationships are as complicated as humans are, and there is no “right” way to be with another person (or set of people!). Join us as we celebrate and define a variety of relationships available to us outside the norm of monogamy, including non-monogamy, polyamory, and solo polyamory. (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none Tantric Sexual Breathing Room 326 Sara Biewen, Thomas Stout Join us for this fun, experiential workshop where participants get to learn about and practice cultivating sexual energy to increase pleasure, ability to regulate arousal and feel full body sensations. By the end of this workshop you will have an understanding of the energy matrix that is in every body - regardless of gender or anatomy. (M) Physical Activity Required: Moderate
Bi Women’s Panel Room 325 Stacy Bowen, Faith Cheltenham, Martha Hardy, Chong Moua, and Beth Wright (moderator) A moderated discussion of bi women’s experiences—intersectional identities, personal and community values and priorities, influences and inspirations. (T) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Workshop Session #3 Saturday 2:30-3:45pm Intersection Electric: An Interactive Tour Of Black Room 303 and Bisexual Histories/Culture (with games!) Faith Cheltenham This wide-ranging workshop will feature interactive games alongside the profound realities of non-binary lives. We'll discuss black bi famous folks like Audre and June, Huey Newton and the GLF, and find out what a black bi person called themselves 500 years ago. We'll cover top bi community issues, why the word pansexual is really important, and what % of black folks identity as bi (and why). No matter your racial or cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, you'll leave this workshop empowered by the electricity of your own intersections. (T) Physical Activity Required: Low to moderate A Photo Essay: Understanding and Portraying Bi*-Trans*-Cis* IntersectionsRoom 325 Megan Rae, JamieAnn Meyers, Gymnos Alitheia, and Laura Brodie The art of still photography is an ideal medium for portraying the complex intersections between bi+ -trans* -cis+ identities and bodies. Join the photographer and models for a wide-ranging discussion of the conception, execution and outcome of the first of two photo shoots. Be aware that nudity is an important part of this work, and will be discussed and portrayed in slides. (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none Queering Religion: Integration of Religious and Queer Identities as a Strategy Room 326 to Improve the Well-Being of LGBT Youth and Emerging Adults Alexandra Bolles Through an overview of the well-being (or lack thereof) of queer young people, the historic and social functions of religious communities, and how these elements intersect and diverge, this workshop will examine the conditions under which religious communities can actually maximize identity development and resiliency among queer youth and young adults. The presentation will conclude with recommended strategies, targeted towards both queer people and potential allies, for fostering such queer-supportive environments. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Neurodiversity Room 323 Stacy Bower, Mariah Sheehy, Mira McDonald Mariah will introduce the concept of neurodiversity - the idea that various mental health conditions, developmental and learning disabilities, learning styles, talents and giftedness are part of human neurological diversity - along with a brief introduction to concepts in disability rights. Each of us will then share our own experiences with sexual and gender identity development and how that interrelates with our experiences with the education and health care systems, and society more broadly. We invite participation from attendees in sharing their experiences with neurodiversity and bisexuality. (T) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Class Matters? Finding (and Harnessing) Our Class Stories as a Tool Room 321 for Economic Justice Work - "Session A" A.L. Genaro and Crew This will be an intense exploration of our experience of class. This workshop will be split into two sessions. You are welcome to attend only one, but you might find that you missed something and you will be held to group agreements made during Session A (they will be posted).
In our highly classed society, we don’t usually get to talk about class. Money (particularly income) is often a topic that is off-limits. Definitions are confusing at best. Economic Justice can seem overwhelming and potentially even scary. We will discuss class with an economic justice lens that centers the most marginalized. We will introduce the concept of different class cultures and how they impact our day to day, including our organizing work. We will discuss ways in which Capitalism affects us all and ways we might be able to interrupt the dominant capitalist narrative.
Be prepared to stretch your edges and be uncomfortable. We will share a lot of possibly sensitive pieces of our lives. We all have a class story and I will venture to bet that there is pain and/or shame in each of our stories, whether we grew up poor/working class or owning class. These stories are also powerful and can aid us in dismantling Capitalism in our hearts, minds, orgs, lives, and the world!
Session A: We will start with some group agreements and access needs (this workshop will be ASL interpreted).We will explore our experiences with class through an exercise that involves moving forward or backwards based on how you identify with various statements. We may modify it based upon access needs and room constraints, but be prepared to be uncomfortable in seeing distance or lack of distance between you and others in the room. We will then debrief in a fishbowl for LMI (low-to-moderate income) folks where folks will share their stories, feelings, experience of the previous exercise while others watch/listen in. (M)
Session B: We will recheck on group agreements and access needs (this workshop will be ASL interpreted).We will expand our understanding of class groups (hint: there are more than 3!) and break into caucuses based upon class group. This exercise will take us through our class background as well as our current class status, so you may find yourself changing groups during the session. (M)
Physical Activity Required: Moderate - there will be a lot of movement in this workshop that involves moving to different locations in the room some for extended periods of time, but it can be adapted based upon access needs/wants
Workshop Session #4 Saturday 4:00-5:15pm
Class Matters? Finding (and Harnessing) Our Class Stories as a Tool Room 321 for Economic Justice Work - "Session B" A.L. Genaro and Crew Please see full description under Workshop Session #3 immediately above. This session will be split into two and each session builds on each other. You are welcome to attend only one, but you might find that you missed something and you will be held to group agreements made in the first half (they will be posted).
Session B: We will recheck on group agreements and access needs (this workshop will be ASL interpreted).We will expand our understanding of class groups (hint: there are more than 3!) and break into caucuses based upon class group. This exercise will take us through our class background as well as our current class status, so you may find yourself changing groups during the session. (M) Physical Activity Required: Moderate - there will be a lot of movement in this workshop that involves moving to different locations in the room some for extended periods of time, but it can be adapted based upon access needs/wants
Out in the Corn: Bi/Queer Strategies for Creating Community in Rural Spaces Room 302 Mary Jo Klinker, Andrea Wood and JamieAnn Meyers Bisexual identities are difficult for many monosexual people to understand, especially in more rural and small-town settings where the queer community is not often "out." Join us in this workshop/discussion session to identify barriers and develop strategies for increasing awareness and understanding of bi+ identities in such communities. A portion of the workshop will be dedicated to creating a group "zine" in order to proliferate knowledge on queer subcultures in small-town contexts. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none Discovering Consent Room 324 Anna! Stitch! Brandy! We will discuss what consent means and how to better integrate it into our daily lives. We'll talk about body language, word choices, the soft no and receiving no gracefully. (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none Queering Scripture: Finding Our Identities in the Holy Text Room 303 Eliel Cruz In this 45 minute talk, Eliel Cruz shares his experience as a bisexual growing up in a conservative Christian faith. The talk will consist of personal experiences facing religious homophobia, being rejected from religious spaces, and reconciling his faith and sexuality. After, he will assist the group in "queering scripture." By removing the heternormative lens scripture is typically read through, the audience will read through various biblical stories through queer eyes. The workshop will end with a short Q&A. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Using Improv in Your Daily Life Room 326 Alexia Anastasio As an actress and filmmaker I have studied improvisational theater and it has helped my life as a whole. We will be talking about how I used improvisation in my film project, Little Fishes and how not being worried about being perfect helped me to finish the film within 10 months. We will also be talking about the art of empathetic listening and how that leads to true intimate conversations and deep relationships. (E) Physical Activity Required: Moderate Body Positivity in the Queer Community Room 323 Renee Fitzsimmons The stereotypes about body types, sexuality and gender can be harmful for many people within the queer community. In order to address and combat these stereotypes, we must analyze and learn new ways to remain body positive in our every day lives. Within this workshop, we will discuss why words we use to describe bodies have gained a negative connotation, recognizing what body hate looks like, and different terms that can be used for our levels of appreciation of bodies. (T) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Polyamory Basics Room 325 Andrea Adams and MN Poly Have
you wondered what a polyamorous relationship would look like? Are
you struggling to open up your relationship/s to other people and
aren't quite sure how to go about it? If you are curious about this
lifestyle or just starting to experiment with it, this workshop is
for you. Join us as we look at what polyamory means, what it
doesn't mean, how to get started, and some basic physical and
emotional health and safety tips. People with or without current
partners are welcome. Come
to this workshop to learn the basics of polyamory! What does it mean?
What can it look like? Is this something I might like? (E)
Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Workshop Session #5 Sunday 11:30am-12:45pm
Bi, Pan and Queer Essentials Room 324 Camille Holthaus This presentation and discussion is for people who identify as part of the community of people attracted to more then one gender. We use many labels, but we have a lot in common. This presentation will start off with a review of some of the studies about our community and leave plenty of space for discussion of our experiences. (T) Physical Activity Required: Low to none Queer Art Matters Room 323 Gadfly Theatre Productions Life imitates art. Or art imitates life. Either way, we want to talk about where we see queer representation in art. Join Gadfly Theatre Productions for a panel discussion with queer artists from a variety of mediums to talk about why truthful queer representation matters in art. Where are we seeing great examples of representation? Where are the problems? Why does this matter? What can we do about it? (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
How to Bi Like a Pro: Being a Spokesperson for Bisexuality in the MediaRoom 325 Alexandra Bolles The workshop will begin by reflecting on past and present representations of bisexuality in mainstream media. This instructional presentation will provide research-based strategies for bisexual people to, most effectively and accessibly, use the media as a tool for advocating for our community and educating America's average audience in order to accelerate acceptance for the bi community. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Disability Accessibility for Organizers Room 321 A.L. Genaro Are you an organizer? Do you want to make your organizations more accessible? This workshop might be for you!
We will discuss what barriers folks with disabilities might encounter and how to create a space where people can both get in the door and then bring more of themselves to the work ahead. We will learn about moving as a group while still holding the realities of timelines and budgets.
Maybe you have a disability yourself? We have room to discuss the frustrations of organizing in a world only set up for some. We all have complex and intersecting identities and bodies ... we will discuss ways we can navigate our worlds while centering the margins so that we are creating a place for all of us.
This is a place for tips, tricks, questions, dreams, and feelings. AL will share what they experience as a disabled person who is an organizer ... what has worked and what has not worked so well (the whole spectrum).
This workshop will be ASL interpreted. (E) Physical Activity Required: Limited and very adaptable Introduction to Desire Mapping Room 303 Andrea Jenkins, Dr. Jaime Grant Desire Mapping is a reflective discovery process that helps participants claim the power of their desire. By moving through a series of questions, meditations, exercises, and suggestions, Mappers re-examine and reflect upon significant moments and relationships in their sexual history, gaining new knowledge and strategies toward embodying a more authentic sexuality. (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to moderate Intimate Partner Violence in Gender and Sexual Minority Communities Room 326 Joe Ippolito This workshop will flush out the unique challenges faced by gender and sexual minority targets of intimate partner violence (IPV). IPV can include one or all types of violence: emotional, sexual, verbal, spiritual, and physical. The cycle of violence is a difficult one, in particular when it is experienced by a group of people whose chosen partners, relationship styles and/or gender identities don't match up with those commonly found in society. As a result, individuals have trouble finding support in both mainstream and sexual minority cultures. During this workshop, the facilitator will explore characteristics typically found in relationships where IPV exists. (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Bi Men's Panel Room 319 John Sylla, Bill Burleson, Jim Larsen, Victor Raymond What
are some of the issues facing masculine identified bisexuals? Discuss
issues and answers with our panel! (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Workshop Session #6 Sunday 1:00-2:15pm
How To Think About Outreach About BisexualityRoom 323 John R. Sylla I offer a new vision of how to present and talk and teach about bisexuality, different from tired repeats. (E) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Sex and the Relationship Bond Room 326 Todd Berntson Sex, emotional responsiveness, empathy, communication, mutual support, and trust are all important components of committed relationships. In this workshop, you will learn what the latest research tells us about how these relationship dimensions influence the quality and stability of consensually non-monogamous relationships and how to clarify and overcome relationship challenges. (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Shame and the Sexual Activist Room 325 Shawny Sena Come to an open discussion about sexual shame. We’ll discuss the manifestations of sexual shame, the intersection of shame and oppression, and how it affects us as leaders in the Bisexual movement. Share what has worked for you in your journey towards self-love and acceptance and gain inspiration from our community. Shame lives in silence; let’s talk it out! (M) Physical Activity Required: Low to none
Exploring the Kink Community Room 324 Michael Holt Are you interested in exploring kink sexuality, but unsure how to begin, learn, and be safe? The Twin Cities kink community offers social connection, education, and events which provide for personal growth while emphasizing safety. Learn about community values, practices, and potential pitfalls. (AO) Physical Activity Required: Moderate
If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Lou Hoffman at LouAHQ@gmail.com