Using Public Policy Recommendations to Improve Disparities Experienced by Bi+ People
09:00am-5:00 (lunch break noon-1:00) -- 7 hour long workshop
New Main L211
This day long institute will cover the following topics:
What are bi+ public policy needs? How do we know?
What are different ways public policy can be applied to create change?
What initiatives are currently underway in MN that are related to these public policy needs?
How can each individual apply this knowledge to their own activism?
The morning session will review the public policy recommendations in “INVISIBLE MAJORITY: THE DISPARITIES FACING BISEXUAL PEOPLE AND HOW TO REMEDY THEM” by Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and provide information about their development. We will introduce different ways public policy proposals can be used to drive change and hear from OutFront MN about how MAP’s public policy recommendations relate to current Minnesota initiatives.
The afternoon session will divide participants into smaller groups to facilitate exploration of specific ways they want to use the public policy recommendations in their own work and/or activism. Participants will use this time to gain a deeper understanding of the recommendations that interest them the most and develop a plan for their next steps.
This institute is a collaboration between Bisexual Organizing Project, Movement Advancement Project, and OutFront MN.
Saying Bi to Shame: Embracing Bi+ Stereotypes
08:00-11:00am -- 3 hour long workshop
New Main L212
Some harmful misconceptions of bi+ people are that they are all promiscuous, into group sex, indecisive, and incapable of monogamous relationships. But what happens when you do fit one or more of these stereotypes? Does that make you a “bad” bi+ person? Absolutely not!
This workshop will focus on how to tackle the shame and guilt of fitting these stereotypes and the importance of sex positivity in fighting these negative attitudes. We will also evaluate the role of sexual shame in these negative misconceptions about bisexuality.
By the end of this workshop participants who fit these stereotypes will know how to more confidently be their authentic selves without shame. Everyone else will know how to support other bi+ people who fit these negative stereotypes with acceptance rather than judgment.
Codi Coday is a writer, speaker, activist, and community organizer located in Denver, CO. She is the president of PAVES (Polysexual Alliance for Visibility, Education, and Support), a nonprofit dedicated to improving bi+ lives. In addition to bi+ issues, she is also passionate about intersectional feminism, sex positivity, ethical nonmonogamy, chronic illness, and accessibility. Connect with her and PAVES on Twitter (@CodiCoday), and Instagram (@CodayCodi).
Alex (@alex-w-k) is currently a bi+ activist and a DevOps Engineer. He is the Vice President of PAVES, a polysexual nonprofit in Denver, CO. Alex was born in Colorado Springs and moved to Denver in 2013 after he got out of the Navy. In his free time, he loves to obsess over new technology and watching weird indie arthouse cinema and terrible movies.
Political Trauma Stress, Oppression Fatigue, Radical Self-Care and Healing Justice: Turn Anxiety, Fear and Anger into Connection, Wellness and Resistance
1:15-5:15pm -- 4 hour long workshop
New Main L212
This workshop is specifically designed for socially conscious people to connect with others who are in need of fortifying their self-care skills during these unpredictable and frightening social-political times. Paying special consideration to our various degrees of privilege and oppression experiences, participants will discuss the concepts of Oppression Fatigue (OF) and Political Trauma Stress (PTS). We will explore our experiences of PTS and OF as they relate to burnout, radical self-care, and healing justice, and why, as a general rule, we don’t make personal and community self-care a priority.
We will discuss the toll that increased fear, anxiety, worry and anger take on us individually and as a community. We will discuss the neuro-science behind our brain and body’s reactions to threats (perceived or real) and our primal psycho-physical self-protection reactions of fight, flight, flee and freeze. We will learn scientifically proven methods to calm our bodies and gain more agency over our emotions of anxiety and fear.
Through discussion and worksheets we will name our definitions of self-care and community care and do a personal assessment of our current self-care habits. As a group, we will review “14 Free Self-Care Strategies” and share ideas to help us commit to sustainable personal and community self-care, health and well-being. Participants will come away with "My Self Care Plan for the Socially Conscious," handouts and resources about ways to resist, connect and get through the next 3.5 years.
Irene Greene MSED (she/her) has 29+ years experience as a psychotherapist, coach, activist and educator. Irene adheres to a fundamental consciousness for how the layers of cultural and systematic oppression and trauma influence personal, inter-personal and community health and wellness. Irene is the Chair of the MN LGBTQ+ Therapist's Network. She also provides trainings to non-people of color helping professionals to address our white supremacy and privilege and how these issues impact our helping.
Theatre of the Oppressed: Motivating Change
2:00-5:00pm -- 3 hour long workshop
New Main L213
Join me, owner of “When…” Advocacy Productions, in an interactive presentation on utilizing theatre to promote social change. Focusing on theorists Augusto Boal, Paulo Freire, and bell hooks, this workshop will teach you how to bring this unique form of education and training into your field. Theatre of the Oppressed engages critical thinking, promotes a dialogue of shared voices, creates a safe space to practice for real life situations, and supports education by the oppressed for the oppressed. With a simple to use six step model, I will provide tools and techniques teaching you how to facilitate this successful improvisational method into a variety of situations while addressing any topic. No theatre or acting experience is necessary. Workshop is discussion and audience base guided.
Megan Rae (she/her/hers)
Combining my BA in Theatre Performance and my MA in Gender and Women’s Studies, I created “When…” Advocacy Productions founded in Theatre of the Oppressed utilizing interactive education methods to promote cultural change. My specific areas of training are relationship violence, sexual assault, queer identities, and bystander intervention.
FRIDAY DAY-LONG INSTITUTES (expanded workshops) allow us more time to dig into certain topics deeper and to build more connections with our peers. Enjoy these longer workshops (go to as many as you want and/or are able) and we'll see you in the evening for the main kickoff of the conference ;)