Listed below is our list of workshops that will be offered at BECAUSE 2016. Workshops are listed in alpha-order.
The Art and History of Drag: Cultural Foundations in Queer Gender Presenter: Jac Stringer Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Intersecting Identities, Community Building & Leadership
Drag is fabulous. Whether it is in a bar or a theatrical stage, drag is more than dressing up; it is challenging societal systems of gender and culture through a queer lens.Drag is rooted in the history of trans and queer communities, uniquely promoting visibility, validation, and artistry for a wide spectrum of identities. In this workshop, attendees will learn about the history of gender performance and how it shaped the trans and queer community today. It will also discuss drag as an modern art form, the cultures surrounding it, and what the future may hold.
Join members of Minnesota Asexuals for a discussion and Q&A on how asexuality influences and interacts with our identities as a whole.
BDSM 101 Presenter: Michael Holt Ages: 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Intersecting Identities
So what is BDSM? The acronym is a mash-up of B&D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance/submission) and SM (Sadomasochism). Public awareness of BDSM is growing, but portrayals in mass media are often highly unrealistic and even dangerous. Come get the real skinny. What do people actually do? How do they stay safe? How is BDSM different from abuse? What’s the appeal? This workshop will address these questions and more, including questions from participants. There will be a handout with resources for further learning.
Being Out Online: Visibility Management in the Technology Age Presenters: Melissa K. Bergdall, M.S. & Markie L. C. Twist, Ph.D Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Bi Beginnings, Sex & Sexuality, Youth, Intersecting Identities
“Visibility management” is a process that LGBTQ+ people use to decide, manage and monitor how “out” they are in various contexts (e.g., school, work, home). However, little research has addressed how folks manage their visibility in electronic environments (e.g., social networking sites, apps, blogs), or what the presenters are calling “e-visibility management”. In this workshop, recent theoretical and research-based information about how to manage e-visibility, both individually and in relationships, will be discussed. In addition, participants will explore what factors influence how they decide to manage technology in their life. Throughout the session, unique challenges for folks in Bi+ communities will be addressed, and relevant resources will be given to participants.
Beyond Binaries of Gender & Sexual Orientation Presenter: Mary H. Hoelscher, Ph. D Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Bi Beginnings, Intersecting Identities, Sex & Sexuality
This interactive workshop will engage participants as they explore their own gender and sexual orientation outside of the boundaries of male and female, gay and straight. All participants will then engage and discuss as they share across their unique identities, experiences, and perspectives about gender and sexual orientation. The outline of this workshop was developed by Robyn Ochs and has been shared in books and classrooms across the country.
Beyond G and L: Ensuring Bi+ Visibility and Equity in the Workplace Presenters: Rebecca Waggoner & Eva Wood Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Community Building & Leadership, Intersecting Identities
Bi+ erasure and invisibility continue to be major issues in many workplaces across every sector with discussions about the LGBT communities primarily focused on the G and L. This highly interactive seminar creates opportunities for participants to engage in real-world problem solving and inclusion strategy development. Discussions will include current language, inter-related oppressions and how they support Bi+ exclusion, a snapshot of current workplace culture and a participant driven discussion of best/better practices for creating true Bi+ inclusion in the workplace.
Beyond the Binary: Gender-Based Violence and LGBTQ Communities Presenter: Megan Rae Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Community Building & Leadership
*Content/Trigger Warning* We know that violence affects all of us regardless of our intersectional identities. Yet, statistics show that violence impacts marginalized communities at an alarmingly higher rate. With half of bisexual women and a startling 64% of transgender individuals reporting sexual assault in their lifetime, we invite those who identify as queer and allies to focus their lens on the nuanced challenges that face our queer community. Join Megan Rae for an active discussion addressing community challenges and how we can support, raise awareness, and make a difference. Presentation topics will include: sexual violence, consent, rape culture, and queer identities.
Bi+ Essentials Presenters: Camille Holthaus & Martha Hardy Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Bi beginnings, Community Building & Leadership
This workshop will address questions and common misconceptions about people who are attracted to more than one gender. This bi+ community often uses labels such as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, or queer. Through presentation of personal stories and study and survey results, participants will learn about the ways the bi+ community is both similar to and different from the gay and lesbian communities, explore how to combat stereotypes of bi+ people that have such negative impacts on the community, and discuss how to be more inclusive of bi+ people individually and within organizations.
This is BOP's basic Bi+ 101 presentation. It debunks stereotypes by discussing the real data about our community and challenging damaging societal attitudes like slut shaming. At BECAUSE, we bring the whole presentation and if the attendees need an "ally organization and new bi" presentation we do that. If it is more seasoned folks who are curious about our presentation, we talk through the presentation discussing why we bring certain things out. What we are going to do is determined by asking folks at the beginning "what are you hoping to get out of this workshop?"
Bi & Large: Conversations about Body Size & Sexuality Presenter: Kim “KJ” Jorgensen | Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Intersecting Identities, Social Justice & Solidarity, Sex & Sexuality
This workshop will briefly introduce terms, theories, and movements related to oppression of people with larger body size (sizeism) and the intersection with gender and sexuality. The primary focus will shift toward a facilitated discussion among participants. What are your experiences with gender and sexuality as it relates to body size? What have you noticed about how the world treats larger bodied people? How do you respond? Do you identify as fat? Is it ok to say fat? How does your body size affect how others see your gender and sexual identities or vice versa? Do others perceive your gender or sexuality differently based on body size? What is body size privilege? How do body size, gender and sexuality relate to our other identities such as race, social class, and ability? How do you cope with sizeism?
The discussion will help us untangle (or further entangle) sizeism as a form of systemic oppression, cultural standards of beauty, size and social acceptability. This workshop will encourage self reflection and request participants to share as they feel comfortable. We will also critique larger social and cultural examples. This workshop will NOT focus on weight loss, although related themes may arise. This workshop is open to people of all body sizes.
Bibrarians' Best Bi Books Presenters: Martha Hardy, April L. Anderson, Mary Gen Davies Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Intersecting Identities, Bi Beginnings, Community Building & Leadership
Bibrarians know all the best bi books! And that’s because they slog through masses of good, bad, and ugly books so you don’t have to. Join these bi librarians as they discuss publishing trends and talk about some of the very best bi books of all types - new, old, youth, fiction, genre fiction, history, biography, non-fiction, and more. Be ready to talk about your favorite books, too, as we build The Big Bibliography of Bi Books.
Bisexual Asylum - Then & Now Presenter: Apphia Kumar Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Intersecting Identities, Social Justice & Solidarity
Take a walk through the years to see what immigration has looked like for Bisexual Immigrants and Asylum Seekers. Discover the amendments that changed and challenged immigration and hear about the work today's bisexual asylees are doing to make sure that no one gets turned away because of their non monosexual identities.
Bisexual Erasure and LGBT Studies Presenter: Victor Raymond Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Community Building & Leadership, Social Justice & Solidarity
This workshop is intended as an opportunity for academics and activists to take a stand against the erasure of bisexual identity in current academic research, and to discuss ways to address bisexual erasure and biphobia within the academic community. There are persistent reports of queer studies programs and curricula which either mis-define or erase bisexuality altogether. By coming together to address this issue, we can develop effective strategies to deal with this issue, in terms of research, teaching, and community/academic partnerships.
Bisexual Identity Development Presenter: Patrick Richards Fink Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Bi Beginnings, Health & Wellness
Identity development is a basic piece of overall human development, and sexual orientation is an important facet of this. The popular models of identity development that are commonly used for LGBT populations frequently deprecate bisexuality. We'll discuss some of those identity development models, including implications of staged vs. non-staged, and ways they are harmful or helpful to bisexuals. Part of the time will be spent comparing the lived experience in the room with these models. We'll discuss some ideas on ways to move forward with more accurate identity development models. This workshop may be heavy in jargon/psychology specific terminology for the beginning while explaining identity models that often miss the mark in application towards bi+ folk. Then we will talk about the ways that we have come to understand our own self-identification, taking into account erasure and discrimination, and suggest models that might be more useful for us as a bi+ community.
Bisexual-Specific Issues for Mental Health Workers Presenter: Harrie Farrow Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Intersecting Identities, Health & Wellness, Social Justice & Solidarity
The fact that bisexuality is a distinct orientation, with distinct challenges and joys expressly different from those of gays and lesbians, has been historically neglected by mental health educators and workers. Meanwhile, research shows there is a huge need for many bisexuals to access mental health assistance. This workshop is for bisexuals interested in the mental health profession (providers, patients, former patients), and for non-bisexuals involved in the mental health of bisexuals (advice columnists, hotline workers, psychiatrists, counselors, etc.). A suggested list of issues specific to bisexuals will be presented. A brainstorming session about the list will follow, with ideas for additions/edits towards creating a document of concrete use to the mental health field. We will also discuss ideas on how to formulate an eventual final version endorsable by relevant groups/organizations and possibilities for dissemination.
Bisexuals at the White House: From Federal to Local Public Policy Advocacy Presenters: Dr. Lauren Beach, Esq. & Dr. Herukhuti Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Health & Wellness, Intersecting Identities, Community Building & Leadership
In September 2015, 100 bisexual community leaders and advocates gathered at the White House to discuss the needs of the bisexual+ people. Members of the team that drafted specific policy recommendations for the meeting in consultation with community leaders and bi+ subject matter experts in eight key areas: data collection; education; employment and entrepreneurship; HIV prevention, treatment and care; immigration and asylum; mental health and suicide prevention; physical health; and sexual assault, domestic partner violence, and intimate partner violence. We are refining the recommendations and working collaboratively toward their adoption by the Obama Administration. In this workshop, we will share the recommendations and provide space for participants to comment and give feedback on them so that we can continue to be informed by your perspectives.
Boys Who Love Straight Boys, Girls Who Love Straight Girls: A Cross-Cultural Discussion of Intense Friendship Presenter: Dave White Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Intersecting Identities, Health & Wellness
The queer community supports all sorts of sexual relationships within the community, but one area we can improve on is supporting and understanding intense relationships that aren't sexual and that might involve straight people. Even some of our GLBT historians gloss over the intense love that exists between friends in every age. In this workshop, we will learn about customs in other places and times that honor emotionally intense friendships, and we'll discuss how to navigate intensity in modern friendships so that everyone can feel supported and have a happy ending.
We're complicated. Working together for a shared goal doesn't mean we agree on everything. Our connections might not happen in places we expect them to, and may surprise us. Our communities are intricate, growing, and adapting -- and if any of us think they're not complicated, we haven't been paying attention. Appreciating complexity can be part of getting certain work done. Understanding and acknowledging our own complexity can strengthen us and can lead to connections that keep us going when the work is difficult. Come be part of a little exploration of a big truth: we're complicated. Come share ways to be complicated and survive -- and even thrive.
Connecting Across Class: Session A & Session B Presenters: A.L. Genaro & Maggie Ewing | Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Intersecting Identities, Social Justice & Solidarity
Last year we packed rooms large & small trying to dig into our complex class backgrounds and then quickly throw it back together to see where we had moved to (class status wise) now. Trying to encompass histories of class for folks aged 16-64 was a bit hit or miss and we didn’t leave enough room for mixed class experience or movement. How can we adjust this year to account for more realities of lived experience as well as see more of how class changed for us over the years, while leaving adequate room to discuss painful periods of radical change? This year we will try to adjust.
Economic Justice is vital if we wish to see of our movements succeed in providing real change for those most targeted by oppression. Let’s see where our spots of pain are around our class stories and try to turn those stories into tangibles for our organizations and movements today. Our society doesn’t talk about class status and denies the existence of our class system where few benefit the most, while the many suffer mostly needlessly. This will be an intense exploration of class. Expect to be uncomfortable and for the center to be on poor/working class experiences. You may come to only one session, but you will miss a lot and still be held accountable to posted group agreements. In Session A, we will move around the room to try to find where we’ve been in our class journeys. In Session B, we will try to put it all together and find how we can use our class stories to pursue economic justice. There will be discussion throughout in small, medium, and large groups. Don’t expect any bows to wrap this up nicely because I’m afraid there aren’t many. Please take care of yourself and others as we discuss sensitive topics and moments of past and present pain.
Cut ‘N Paste: Introduction to Bi and Trans Zines Presenter: Sam R. Schmitt Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Trans Identities
In this introductory workshop, participants will learn how zines can be used to educate, raise consciousness, create coalitions, and empower bi+ and trans people. Zines are home-made, small-scale, non-commercial publications that can be used to elevate the voices of historically marginalized people. Participants will learn how and why people make zines to facilitate change and explore possibilities for their own self-expression and activism. All participants will learn to develop and create a mini-zine during the workshop. *some of the zines we will be discussing may have strong language and content*
Differences in Attraction and Desire Presenter: Calum Campbell Ages: 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Health & Wellness
When we talk about sexual attraction and sexual desire, do we all mean the same thing? What about all the other flavors of attraction, and variations in how desire affects us. Communication is very important in relationships, but to communicate we need to have language in common. We'll discuss some ideas/quotes around how attraction and desire work, looking for similarities and differences in our own experience - with the intention of being able to better communicate how attraction and desire work for us individually.
Finding My Place At A Protest...Where I Fit As An Activist Presenter: James Schwartz Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Intersecting Identities, Community Building & Leadership
Is it my place to show up? Will I take up space that isn't mine? What if I don't feel safe going out? What about my child(ren)? Knowing the 'right way' to protest or show up as an activist can be complex. There are many things to consider before going out to front of the line blocking cars on the freeway, or even going to a rally on a college campus. Knowing what questions to ask yourself can be tiresome even. This workshop aims at unpacking those questions through personal experience and will attempt to create an environment for conversation about how we show up in different spaces/ways in solidarity, support each other, and learning to find our own inner activist.
Funding Social Change Presenter: Camille Holthaus Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Community Building & Leadership,
While there is a lot of community building and social change that can be done without formal funding plans, many organizations and communities reach the point where they need reliable sources of funding to keep creating community and social change.The ways we secure funding for social change all have advantages and disadvantages as well as social justice implications. Selecting how you want to fund your work as an activist, organization, or social change agent can affect what you do, how you are perceived by other organizations, and the relationship you have with your community. Some funding is only available to certain types of organizations or may come with requirements outside the capacity of small organizations. Funders may not have programs that match an organization's needs or may have program requirements that are not aligned with an organization's mission and values. However, large foundations have the deep pockets to help create larger programs and support larger organizations. Community grassroots funding brings its own challenges, but can create stronger ties within a community. We will explore all of these ideas and more with a panel of three development experts from the Twin Cities community.
Getting Bi+ (Pan/Fluid/Omni/Poly/Queer/Unlabeled) Presenter: Mary H. Hoelscher, Ph.D. Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Bi Beginnings, Youth, Community Building & Leadership
From the White House to Miley Cyrus, bi+ people are moving an agenda. In this session, we'll smash the myth of bi+ privilege, interrupt biphobia, and put our pansexual people in the spotlight as we rocket beyond sexual orientation binaries. You'll leave ready to support those attracted to more than one gender in your GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance). We'll highlight resources like HRC's Supporting and Caring for our Bisexual Youth and a guide for making student groups bi+ affirming.
This workshop is focused on youth (middle & high school) and people serving youth populations.
How to Develop a Bi+ Discussion Group in Your Community Presenters: Tania Israel & Heather Stevenson Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Community Building & Ledership
Visibility and social support are some of the most important ways to combat isolation and minority stress for bi+ people. A bi+ discussion group is one way to accomplish these goals, however the question of how to plan and implement such a group may deter some people from taking leadership in creating one. This workshop will provide participants with the tools they need to create a discussion group in their own community. The workshop will be facilitated by the founders of Bialogue, a discussion group for bi+ people in Santa Barbara, CA.
Intersectional Leadership: Why Just Being A "Leader" Won't Get The Job Done Presenter: Frankie Jader Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Intersecting Identities, Community Building & Leadership, Social Justice & Solidarity
Being a good leader takes more than being organized and delegating responsibility. It’s about listening, learning and valuing the skills and knowledge of those we interact with. In this workshop, we’ll define intersectionality and discuss how to incorporate it into our organizations, workplaces, schools, and communities. Attendees will also be given tangible action steps to take away from this session to use in their own leadership development.
Introduction to Asexuality Presenters: Liam Gilson, Erin Topley & Lauren Sekelsky from Minnesota Asexuals Ages: 11-15, 15-17 & 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Intersecting Identities
Join us for a brief exploration of asexuality, and other identities encompassed by the asexual umbrella. We’ll cover romantic and sexual identities, common misconceptions about asexuality, academic research, and the asexual community, as well as sharing our own experiences. We’ll also explore how the particular challenges the asexual community faces elide with and mirror those of the Bi+ community, and the intersectionality between these diverse groups. Bring your questions and be ready to learn about a unique viewpoint on human sexuality!
Introduction to Non-Monogamy (Poly 101) Presenter: Andy Adams Ages: 11-15, 15-17 & 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Intersecting Identities What is non-monogamy?! Come to this session if you have ever been curious to understand what a non-monogamous relationship is. This is intended for people who are brand new to the concept and are interested in knowing more! We will be learning definitions, different structures, and asking ourselves some questions to find out if this relationship path is one for you!
Kink In Community Presenter: Michael Holt Ages: 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Intersecting Identities
Kink communities are imperfect sex-positive spaces. They offer social connection, education, and events which provide for personal growth while emphasizing safety. At the same time they can pose significant challenges. Learn about kink community values, practices, potential pitfalls, some of which are specific to bisexuals. This workshop will cover general characteristics of kink communities, as well as information specific to the Twin Cities kink community. Participants will get a handout with recommended entry points to the Twin Cities kink community. There will be time for participant questions and discussion.
Mixed Race Caucus: The Boxes Will Never Be Enough Presenter: Noelle Martinez Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Social Justice and Solidarity, Intersecting Identities, Community Building and Leadership Come engage in community with other mixed race folks! People of all genders and sexualities are welcome in this space where we will explore the intersections of our racial, ethnic, gender and sexuality identities. You are encouraged to come even/especially if you are not quite sure what your mixed race identity means for you. This interactive session will respond to the needs of attendees, so come ready to reflect and build community while examining the intricacies of privilege and oppression as they show up for each of us as individuals. We will also discuss how our mixed race identities intersect with our Bi+ identities. Personal and community advocacy will be explored and participants will leave with newfound community and tools for creating a world that can hold all of them in all of their identities.
My Friends are Acting Odd Now: Navigating Relationships After Coming out as Trans* Presenters: James Schwartz & Eli Coffin Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Trans Identities
Navigating relationships in the world is already very difficult and rewarding as it is. Adding on queerness or being trans* can alter or shift relationships for many folks. Whether it be all the questions that we are asked to explain our identity, having to put ourselves in uncomfortable or unsafe situations, or not having a friend quite 'get it'. This workshop will provide a space for folks to talk about shifting relationships after having come out as trans*/genderqueer/non-binary/gender non-conforming/ect and how we all navigate those shifts and changes, as well as all of the hard (and at times, triggering) questions we get asked so frequently.
This workshop is focused on trans* & GNC people
Navigating Mental Health Providers: What You Need to Know about Therapy Presenter: Jasmine Marshall Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Health & Wellness
This workshop will help attendees learn how to advocate for themselves and fellow community members in mental health institutions. This is a workshop for attendees to discuss their own and their community’s struggles in receiving competent mental healthcare. Topics of discussion will include discussion of mental healthcare jargon and consumer rights. There will be discussion of common examples of incompetent care that bi+ communities and other marginalized communities experience and what to do in those situations will occur. This workshop will discuss healthy therapeutic relationships and red flags in problematic therapeutic relationships. This workshop is designed to be an open group discussion that will address the questions and needs of the attendees of the group.
NeuroQueer: Queering Sexuality and Gender Identity Among Autistic & Other Neurodivergent People Presenter: Jess Banks Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Intersecting Identities
Researchers in autism and other neurological conditions have long believed that autistic people lack a "theory of mind," making them a blank slate without self-definition. Autistic activists offer the opposite theory with evidence from their lives: neurodiverse people have a more vast and flexible sense of self that frequently queers definitions of gender and sexuality. The "neuroqueer" movement explores this idea, and advances important new concepts of self-image and relationships as defined by the unique minds of neurodiverse people.
Open In Case Of Emergency: Building a Self Care Toolkit Presenter: Natalie Clark Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Health & Wellness
When you feel down, emotionally exhausted, like you need a blanket fort or your happy place, and you just can’t even, do you know how to care for yourself? Recharge your own batteries without derailing your social life, relationship, job, schoolwork, etc? Give yourself a pep talk? These important life skills are not taught at school, unfortunately, and so we must learn them for ourselves. Join us to gather tools and resources to use when you’re in need, to help you to see more clearly when you’re out of sorts, and remember that you are important and worthy of care.
Poly 201 Presenter: Vera Sky & Jai Negri Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Health & Wellness What does your poly/open/non monogamous journey look like? This workshop is aimed at individuals who are already practicing a poly/open/non monogamous lifestyle. I ask participants to be familiar with common words and terms. Topic questions: What does your poly/open/non monogamous lifestyle look like for you? Has your philosophy or dynamics around poly changed over time? What do you wish you knew when you first started exploring a poly/open/non monogamous lifestyle?
Poly Panel Presenter: Vera Sky & Jai Negri | Panelists: Leah Yoemans, Stephen Yoemans, and more Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Intersecting Identities, Health & Wellness, Sex & Sexuality
Come hear stories from local Minneapolis individuals who identify as polyamorous/non monogamous. Panelists will talk about how they came to poly/non monogamy and the positive and negative things they have learned on their own unique journey.
Putting the Sexy Back in Sex Ed Presenter: Teen Council - Rochester Ages: 11-15, 15-17 | Sex and Sexuality, Youth
This interactive workshop is a crash course in LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education. We cover everything you’ve ever wanted to know. Putting the Sexy Back in Sex Ed will allow you to hear from peer sex educators, who are members of Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council. We welcome all kinds of questions, and no topics are off limits! And if that’s not enough? There will be candy.
This workshop is youth led and focused on youth.
Queer and Faithful: How ALL persons can integrate their sexuality, gender identity, and relationships with their faith. Presenter: Rev. Dr. Claudia Hall Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Faith & Spirituality
This workshop will trace queer intolerance and fear in America’s major religions, and it will offer alternatives within those traditions that affirm life, love, and wholeness of being. If your faith of origin has been a place of pain and shame, this workshop will help you see that every religion has options which are wider and more accepting. The major passages from the Jewish and Christian scriptures which are used to discriminate will be looked at and put in their proper context, and alternatives to hate will be examined, including welcoming churches/synagogues/mosques.
Self Identified: Embracing Internal Dialogues of Identity Presenter: Rae Eden Ages: 11-15 & 15-17 | Youth, Bi Beginnings, Sex & Sexuality, Intersecting Identities
The way we define ourselves is often based on our relationships with others. Our self-image can be shaped by how we perceive others see us. But our identity can be limited when our focal point is outward. What happens to our sexual identity when we define it by who we are dating? How do we remain authentic to ourselves regardless of who we are intimate with? In this workshop we will explore the inner dialogue that shapes our concept of self. Rae will share their personal journey in learning to embrace their identity. Through a guided movement exercise, participants will have an opportunity to explore how it feels to define self in relation to self and self in relation to others. There will be time for discussion, so that we can learn from one another in a supportive space.
This workshop is focused on bi+ youth.
Sensual Majik: Spirituality & SM Presenter: Rich Hunt a.k.a Sargeant Major & Riches Jodi Ages: 18+ | Sex & Sexuality
While SM for some means sadomasochism for others it means sensual majik, a way in which a couple can communicate on both a physical and spiritual level in an erotic context. Going beyond kinky foreplay to a deeper level of eroticism the workshop will discuss the use of ritual and other techniques to arouse the most important of the sexual organs, the mind. The use of ritual in a scene can be used to create an aura of mystery to induce a spiritual response. Scenes are a form of erotic bonding, a merging of two persons into a single being, this bonding takes on many forms, much more than just putting Part A into Part B, and to not explore those forms is cheating oneself of the banquet which is available. When the spirit becomes a part of what we do then whole of our being is nourished.
Setting and Maintaining Boundaries Presenter: Calum Campbell Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Health & Wellness
Boundaries are an important part of how we interact with others – but what are they, as differentiated from etiquette and social contracts? How do we trip over our understanding of our own boundaries and others, and how can we establish, communicate, and maintain our boundaries to improve our interactions with others. We’ll focus on techniques to support our understanding and interactions around boundaries, rather than diving into the difficult situations that create boundaries for us.
Sharing your Story for Justice Presenters: Rachael Mills & Noelle Martinez Ages: 11-15 & 15-17 | Social Justice & Solidarity, Intersecting Identities, Community Building & Leadership, Youth
Contrary to popular (media) belief, we all have a unique and important story to share that is shaped by our identities, experiences, and personalities. Please join us in a space where we welcome your whole self to practice naming, reclaiming, and sharing our stories in community with one another. We'll discuss what holds us back from sharing our whole stories with others and from knowing our own whole-selves. You matter, and all the pieces of your story matter. We hope you'll join us in this compassionate exploration of self.
This workshop is focused on youth.
Shaykh Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé: Remembering the Mixities and Fluidities of His Life & Work Presenter: H. Sharif "Herukhuti" Williams, Ph.D., M.Ed. Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Community Building & Leadership, Intersecting Identities, Bi Beginnings, Social Justice & Solidarity, Faith & Spirituality Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé has returned to his Beloved Friend, his Ancestors, and the Oneness of All Things. We gather to remember his life, work, scholarship and activism: unearthing fluidities, mixities, and pleasures. Showing their value, revolutionary and transformative potentials. Join this celebration of the life and work of a Black bisexual elder who contributed to the founding of the modern bisexual movement in the United States. Bring your tattoos and piercings, clothing optional sensibilities, multi-religiosity, fetish gear, stories, and curiosities. This session will be an open forum for people to reflect upon the life and work of a Black bisexual scholar, activist, artist and religious leader. Session activities include an introduction, screening his addresses, and an invitation for attendees to share their reflections.
Telling Your Story In The Media To Accelerate Bi+ Acceptance Presenter: Alexandra Bolles Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Community Building & Leadership, Intersecting Identities
A primarily instructional workshop, attendees will be sustainably empowered to reshape the mainstream narrative about the bisexual+ community as a way to close the gap between quickly-advancing legal equality for LGBT Americans and the lagging cultural acceptance and understanding of bisexuals. The workshop will include a reflection on representations of bisexuality in mainstream media and an overview of the digital strategy behind Bisexual Awareness Week (#BiWeek). 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.
Texting, Sex and Doing the Dishes: Increasing Connection in Your Intimate Bi+ Relationships Presenter: Irene Greene, MSEd. Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Sex & Sexuality, Health & Wellness
This relationship workshop will help participants:
Identify the impacts of trauma and oppression fatigue on our Bi+ relationships, identities and sexualities
Explore four common relationship beliefs that actually undermine effective communication, sexual satisfaction, expression of feelings, and balancing of needs.
Learn four strategies to improve listening, clearly convey needs, argue respectfully, and problem-solve mutually.
This workshop is open to folks who are single or involved in a relationship(s). It is intended as a safe, affirming, sex-positive, non-judgmental, and accepting space for all gender, sexual, and romantic forms of expression. This interactive workshop combines group discussion, lecture, and handouts. It is a modified version of an all day relationship workshop, specifically designed for folks who identify as BTLGQ, poly, and/or kinky.
Theatre of the Oppressed: A Means To Create Change Presenter: Megan Rae Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Intersecting Identities, Bi Beginnings, Community Building & Leadership
Theatre of the Oppressed was created by Augusto Boal in 1971 as a means to address social justice issues through the format of interactive theatre. Boal created a format that promotes a safe playing space to address and practice social strategies to create change. Join Megan Rae in a presentation that lays out Forum Theatre, a subset of Theatre of the Oppressed, to address issues such as relationship violence, consent, and bystander intervention in a venue that highlights marginalized voices and also uses interactive play as an educational platform to create change. No acting experience required! Just come excited.
(Trans)Gender 101 Presenters: Cheyenne Johnson & Remy Corso Ages: 11-15, 15-17 & 18+ | Trans Identities, Intersectional Identities, Social Justice & Solidarity
(Trans)Gender 101 offers an opportunity to think critically about the gendered lives we all lead, and how creating accessible environments and inclusive understandings of gender can benefit everyone. This training creates a space for participants to examine gender identity, gender expression, and our cultural notions of femininity and masculinity. Drawing on experiences and scholarship of transgender and genderqueer communities, combined with facilitated activities and small group discussion, attendees think about gender in new ways and leave with steps they can take to help make our communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.
Transparenting - My Story Presenter: Marsha Partington Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Trans Identities, Intersectional Identities, Youth This interactive workshop will address core elements of sexual and gender identity, gender definitions and explore the diversity that exists within the trans*community. Time will be devoted to identifying our own internal biases in order to become fully accepting and supportive of those who identify as gender different. As the cisgender mother of a trans* identified child and an active ally, Marsha will share part of her personal journey travelling alongside her child on his road to coming out as a transgender male. The goal of this session is to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to have cisgender privilege and how to eliminate the impact of discrimination and replace it with love.
Turning Analysis Into Action: Understanding and Challenging White Supremacy Presenters: Betsy Raasch-Gilman & Alexandra Vagac | Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Intersecting Identities, Community Building & Leadership
White men are 31% of the United States but make up 91% of the CEO's of big businesses. Why? In order to begin to understand the frameworks of internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic oppression this workshop will use popular education to dig into how racism, whiteness, and white supremacy affects us all and how we can take individual and collective action to dismantle it.
We Need to Talk....Disclosure for Real Life Presenters: Angela Callais & Shawny Sena Ages: 15-17 & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Trans Identities, Sex & Sexuality, Intersecting Identities
“I have something to tell you”….. instant stomach ache, right? Sexual disclosure is touted as a necessary component of intimacy, but it’s vulnerable, high stakes, and scary as hell! In this workshop, we will deconstruct the cultural systems that inform disclosure and apply it to our real lives. This workshop challenges the idea that disclosure is an obligation and breaks down the act into concrete, manageable steps. Let’s practice how to disclose in a way that supports our agency and how to respectfully receive disclosure from others, no matter what it is!
What is Disability Justice? Presenter: Galen Smith Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Intersecting Identities, Community Building & Leadership, Elderly/Aging
What is ableism? How does ableism impact our bodies, our communities and our work? How can we move beyond accessibility to interdependence? What does disability have to do with race, gender, sexuality, capitalism, and colonialism? Let's dig into these questions together. Come learn about the Disability Justice framework developed by Patty Berne, Mia Mingus, Stacey Milbern, Leroy Moore, Eli Clare, Sebastian Margaret and others. Hear from artists and activists about what Disability Justice means to them. Discuss what including a Disability Justice framework in your social justice work might look like. Expect to be challenged and to leave with more questions than answers. #cripBECAUSE
“You look like a Freak…” Gender, Societal Recognition, and Trans Community Politics Presenter: Jac Stringer Ages: 11-15, 15-17, & 18+ | Social Justice & Solidarity, Trans Identities, Intersecting Identities, Community Building & Leadership
Each of us uses gender expression to communicate our identity to others in order to find societal recognition and cultural inclusion. Gender identity and sexuality directly relate to the creation of who is “normal” and who are the “freaks.” This workshop evaluates the cultural concept of normalcy and how it impacts members of trans and queer communities. It will cover who is normal vs. a freak, as well as who enforces the rules of gender expression, why we feel we have to follow them, and how we can break them.