Bisexual Organizing Project Announces Conference Theme and Keynote Speakers
Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) announces the BECAUSE Conference
theme and keynote speakers for 2015. BECAUSE 2015 will be held April 17 –
19, 2015 at U of M Coffman
Memorial Union. The conference will focus on leadership with the tag
line “Developing Leaders to Empower Community” and the keynote speakers
will be Andrea Jenkins and Eliel Cruz.
Andrea Jenkins is an award winning playwright, visual artist, poet,
writer, spoken word artist, performer, and Bush Leadership Fellow.
Andrea also works as a Senior Policy Aide to the 8th Ward Minneapolis
City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. She is a nationally known trans
activist who has been a vital part of community organizing in the Twin
Cities. In 2014 she created The City of Minneapolis Transgender Work
Group, which looks at issues facing the trans community and makes policy
recommendations to city government. Andrea has held directorships with
numerous organizations including OutFront Minnesota, Forecast Public Art, District 202, PFund, The Minnesota HIV Services Planning Council, and National Writers Union.
Eliel Cruz has taken the online LGBT media world by storm as a
writer and blogger providing insightful and timely coverage of important
community issues. He is the bi editor of Advocate.com and contributes
to Religion News Service, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism and Mic
writing on (bi)sexuality, gender, religion, and media. In addition to
writing, Eliel also works to reconcile Seventh-day Adventist campuses
through his 501(c)(3) organization Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition.
BECAUSE stands for Bisexual Empowerment Conference, AUniting Supportive Experience.
The conference’s mission is to create a safe, supporting, and
empowering community in which participants are encouraged to discover
and celebrate their sexual identities. As the nation’s only major
conference by, for, and about bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer and
unlabeled (bi+) people and their allies, BECAUSE serves as a national
gathering for bi+ activists, community members, professionals, students,
and researchers. Allies are enthusiastically invited to attend.
is welcoming and inclusive of all people, including but not limited to
people of all genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, sexes,
relationship orientations, races, ethnicities, national origins,
abilities, religions, sizes, political affiliations, and others. BECAUSE
and BOP embrace the many intersectionalities of the bi+ community and
encourage people of all backgrounds and experiences to participate
Nobody turned away due to inability to pay. Pay what you can and free registration options available.
Regular Registration: $60 Student Registration: $40 University of MN Students: Free
Tabling $50, Non-Profit $25
The BECAUSE Conference is the annual conference of Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered in Minnesota
dedicated to building an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer,
and unlabeled (bi+) community. BOP provides in person community events
throughout the year as well as outreach at regional Pride celebrations
and community education through customized presentations. BOP
also works in partnership with other groups and individuals in the Upper
Midwest who are organizing events serving the bi+ community.