Presenters and Speakers
by First Name)
is a speech and language pathologist whose work includes development
of the voice for trans* persons. She has conducted many workshops on
this topic for the Minnesota Trans Health Coalition and other groups,
and employs the role of spirituality as a clinical tool in working
with voice, speech and language disorders.
is a frequent presenter at colleges, conferences, and community
organizations about the bisexual experience in the U.S. He is the
author of Bi
America: Myths, Truths and Struggles of an Invisible Community
as well as many articles, essays, and book reviews. He is also the
author of the Bisexual Needs Assessment 2012.
has a passion for community health which stems from her background in
youth work. Brianna has a Master's in Public Health from the
University of Minnesota in Community Health Promotion and Public
Policy. She has a BA in Sociology and Gender Studies from Lewis and
Clark College. She feels strongly about addressing LGBTQ health
within a systems-level framework to ensure that health is accessible
to everyone. She considers health a human right. She has a passion
for nonviolent mediation and is involved in Restorative Justice
Community Action and the Alternatives to Violence Project. Outside of
work, Brianna likes to be outside, laughing, crafting or hanging out
with her family.
the current chair of Bisexual Organizing Project, the organization
that coordinates the BECAUSE conference. She has presented at BECAUSE
for the past 5 years on a variety of topics. Camille lives and works
in Minneapolis, MN with her wife Tanya, two sons and three dogs. She
also volunteers with Theatre in the Round Players and Field Middle
School Site Council.
is a writer and filmmaker. She graduated with a BFA degree in Visual
& Media Arts from Emerson College in 2008 and is now pursuing her
MA in Media Studies at The New School. GREYSCALE, her Master’s
thesis, is an interactive documentary about sexuality and language,
currently in production. Carrie loves labels; over the years, she has
identified as straight, bisexual, gay, “lesbiAnders,” and queer,
before settling on bisexual again ... at least, for now.
is the President of the Bisexual Resource Center, a national
nonprofit devoted to raising awareness, creating resources about
bisexuality, and providing support to bisexual and questioning
people. She is also a writer and editor, and has published in the
Women’s Review of Books, Huffington Post, Bilerico.com, The Review
Review and others.
the founder of the Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality. He
is a sex educator, artist, activist, and scholar, and his work
combines arts, education, and the Erotic to assist in personal and
serves as Transgender Representative and Board Member for
ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. She is also a
lead trainer with the Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance, and an LGBTQIA
activist in secular and faith communities. She is Professor Emerita
at Winona State University, and lives in Winona with her wife of 47
been very active in the Bi Community for a number of years. He has
been a Board member and Treasurer of the Bisexual Organizing Project,
Chair and Co-Chair of BECAUSE, and is a member of the Bi Leadership
is the Director of Programs at Rainbow Health Initiative, and
received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of
Minnesota in 2013. He has worked with Allina Health, Interact Center
for the Visual and Performing Arts, and Special Olympics New York. He
also has a long history of involvement in issues affecting the LGBTQ
community through his involvement with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s
Chorus, Clare Housing, and Hennepin County Public Health’s Red Door
is a recent Master's of Public Health graduate from the Boston
University School of Public Health in the Department of Community
Health Sciences. She interned with the Bisexual Resource Center from
March 2013 to May 2014, and the Bisexual Health Awareness Month
campaign was inspired by her idea for a practicum project.
B Beach, JD, PhD
is a JD and Genetics PhD graduate from the University of Minnesota's
Joint Degree Program in Law, Science and Technology. For her
dissertation research, she studied HIV drug development in Dr. Louis
Mansky's lab. Lauren has led many bisexual and LGBT organizations
including Bisexual Organizing Project. She has won many awards
recognizing her leadership and academic accomplishments, including
from the National Institutes of Health, The Advocate, the United
States Jaycees, the Point Foundation and PFund Foundation.
is a professor of Communication at Christopher Newport University.
She studies popular culture, sexuality, sex, and gender. She is
currently writing a book on bisexual/queer identity. When she's not
busy with work she is chasing her three dogs, two cats, and one
Hutchins, PhD co-edited Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People
Speak Out, served as one of BiNet USA's first coordinators, and
co-founded Washington, DC's Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals
(AMBi). She is a certifiied Sexological Bodyworker and teaches
inter-disciplinary sexuality courses at her local community college.
With H Sharif Williams (Dr. Herukhuti), Hutchins co-edited
Routledge's "Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual,
Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives". She serves as the book
review editor for the Journal of Bisexuality, and is now
working with beloved co-conspirator, Lani Ka'ahumanu, to launch Bi
Any Other Name as an e-book.
is a psychologist in private practice and serves as the Bisexual
Representative on the Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full
Participation Board of Directors. She also produces and co-hosts Bi
Cities, a cable television and internet show.
is an engaging speaker, lecturer, and presenter. He has just
completed a book “Confessions of a Bisexual Husband” and is
touring his performance, based on the book, “Bi, Hung, Fit... and
to rave reviews across the continent. He will be presenting the show
on Saturday evening at 8pm during the BECAUSE Conference this year.
His unique point of view on the topics of human sexuality, monogamy
and marriage is informative and challenging, clarifying commonly-held
beliefs and misconceptions about love, intimacy, and the importance
of living an authentic life. Mark also writes a popular blog on these
topics, runs a variety of groups, facilitates workshops and helps
professionals on topics related to bisexuality and non-monogamy. He's
appeared in numerous radio, TV, print and online articles about these
H Hoelscher, PhD
is the program lead for a 20-year-old district-wide program serving
LGBTQ-identified students, families, and staff in a Minnesota school
district. Mary was a high school science teacher for 5 years. She has
now been training teachers regarding creating inclusive classrooms
for 5 years. She is a researcher and instructor at the University of
Minnesota - Twin Cities. Mary has been an activist and organizer in
queer, non-monogamous, and bi+ communities her entire adult life. She
identifies as bisexual, genderqueer, and non-monogamous.
McCubbin, MSW, LICSW is
a psychotherapist and owner of Open Insight Therapy, LLC. She has
co-presented on DBT at the MN Mental Health Consumer-Survivor Network
is a polyamory organization based in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. We
provide a supportive environment, encourage a collaborative process
of community building, and provide opportunities for members to
participate in activities that can benefit the polyamory community at
large. Find us at http://www.mnpoly.spruz.com
has been active in the kink community for over 15 years. She
identifies as a switch (the bi's of the kink world) and has been
involved at all levels, from foreplay in the bedroom only, to living
a 24/7 lifestyle. MzStiX enjoys mentoring people new to the community
and often does so with her partner D's Dove.
the founding constitutional law professor at Indiana Tech Law School,
where she also teaches Sexuality and the Law. She has published
several academic articles on LGBT legal issues, and has been an LGBT
rights activist throughout her career, volunteering for many
organizations and previously serving on the Board of Directors for
the National Lesbian and Gay Law Foundation and for Madison,
Wisconsin’s “Outreach” LGBT Community Center. Her legal career
has included teaching at CWRU Law School and practicing as a
constitutional, civil rights, and public interest lawyer. She has
also clerked for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Wisconsin Court of
Appeals. She has been out as bisexual throughout most of her career,
for over two decades.
a queer Trans-man living in Minneapolis. He holds a BS degree in
accounting, is a parent, and an active member of the GLBTQ community.
Poyer is a
Samoan American southern anti-belle from Virginia, attending law
school at William Mitchell. She organizes with the Brown Queer and
Trans Empowerment Collective and is a research clerk with the
National Lawyers Guild's Trans Know Your Rights Project.
is a grad student working to become a mental health counselor
specializing in providing service to the bisexual community, and he
blogs about bisexuality and other issues at Fliponymous.wordpress.com
is the Lead Facilitator of BiRequest NYC, a discussion and social
group serving the metro New York Bi~Pan~Fluid~Queer community. He
also has a day job. Paul has been active in building safe queer space
since his early work in student housing dating back to 1986 when he
arrived in NYC. Paul is active across a spectrum of issues, including
body-positive, sex-positive, polyamorous, and art-centered activism.
Rea is a
fluid transmale filmmaker and associate professor of film and video
production at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Prior to moving
to Minnesota he taught at San Francisco State University. His film
work, much of which focuses on queer identities, has screened widely,
nationally and internationally.
a multi-gender loving person who has worked in HIV & STD
prevention for the past 20 years. He has personally researched
numerous safe sex techniques, though not nearly as often as he would
Robyn Ochs is an educator and advocate for LGBT equality who makes her living as a speaker, both in the United States and abroad. Robyn is the editor of the Bi Women Quarterly, of the 42-country anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, and of the forthcoming anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Robyn has served on the board of MassEquality since 2005 and is currently a board president.
a professional massage therapist with an illicit and licit past as a
safe sex educator and is generally awesome.
Major and slave Riches are
a couple in a committed poly master-slave relationship based on the
dynamics of domination and submission. They are members of the board
of directors of Minnesota Leather Pride, founders of MasT: Twin
Cities, and board members of Leather Journey, an alternative
sexuality education not-for-profit. A member of the National Leather
Association International, Sergeant Major has served on the national
board of that organization since 2008, and is currently a member of
the board of the Domestic Violence Project.
Todd Berntson, MA, LPC is
a licensed therapist and author who specializes in couples therapy
and non-traditional relationships. His newest book Reframing
Relationships: A New Paradigm of Love, Sex, and Connection
is scheduled to be released in October 2014.
is a Sociology instructor at Madison College. A member of the Rosebud
Sioux tribe, he holds a PhD in Sociology from Iowa State University,
with a graduate minor in Women’s Studies. He is a founding member
of the BECAUSE Conference, a former national coordinator for BiNet
USA, and a vice-chair for the Minnesota American Indian AIDS Task
Force (now the Indigenous People’s Task Force).
is a Contributing Faculty Member at Walden University in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, and an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Business,
Masters of Public Administration program at Hamline University St.
Paul, Minnesota. He is editor of Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy
Agenda for Uniting a Divided America
(CRC Press, forthcoming September 2014).