Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Never Mind April In Paris - Spend It In the Twin Cities instead

Here is just some of what will be happening this April in Minneapolis Minnesota:Here is a note describing some of these events sent out by Anne Phibbs, Ph.D. the Director, GLBTA Programs Office University of Minnesota at their Twin Cities Campus:

I am writing to invite you to an important community discussion about how we, as "GLBT activists and organizations" can more effectively understand and serve those parts of our communities with bi/fluid/pan sexual orientations & identities. This is an opportunity for any and all activists working in any capacity on GLBTA/queer issues - paid staff, volunteers, and board members - to come together and start talking about what we are - and are not - doing, as both organizations & individual activists.

We're fortunate to have internationally-recognized bisexual author and educator Robyn Ochs in town for the BECAUSE Conference - and she's agreed to join us for this important discussion. I am hoping this Forum is just the beginning of continued discussions on this topic - and other topics focused on inclusivity in our communities.

Please consider attending - and please forward this email widely. Specifics of the Forum are listed below, as well as on the GLBTA Programs Office website.

Bisexuality-Inclusion Forum featuring Robyn Ochs
Tuesday, April 21st 2009 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm
Sabathani Community Center, 3rd floor Conference Rooms (d1 & d2)310 East 38th Street Minneapolis, Minnesota USA (near OutFront Minnesota offices)
How can GLBT organizations effectively serve our bisexual/fluid/pan communities? What information and conversations do we need to have to ensure that our social justice movements are truly inclusive? Join internationally-renowned bi author & educator Robyn Ochs for presentation & dialogue is intended for staff, volunteers and board members of organizations working for GLBT equality. Free and open to the public.
A light lunch will be available while supplies last. Sponsored by OutFront Minnesota, PFund Foundation, Twin Cities Pride, Twin Cities Quorum, and the GLBTA Programs Office.

BECAUSE 2009: Midwest Conference on Bisexuality Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Unique Supportive Experience! Friday April 17, 2009 thru Sunday April 19, 2009 at the Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities Campus of the University of MinnesotaHere is the information for the Sunday, April 19 2009 Minnesota premiere of a new film focused on bisexuality: Bi the Way. As part of the upcoming BECAUSE Conference, we're bringing this film, along with one of the filmmakers, Josephine Decker. It will be an excellent opportunity for education around bi issues, as will the conference in general. To check out the conference, go to:

BECAUSE '09 - Theme: "Images"
Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience
Date: April 17-19, 2009
Coffman Memorial Union University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
300 Washington Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
Our theme this year is IMAGES -- taking a look at Images in Media and Art of Gender Expression and Sexuality

The BECAUSE Conference is the premier weekend event in the Midwest for bisexuals, queers, trans, bi-curious, questioning, and all others, regardless of identity. 2009 will mark the 15th BECAUSE Conference. Join us and become part of history!
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns - I hope to see many of you on the 21st!

Anne Phibbs, Ph.D
Director, GLBTA Programs Office
University of Minnesota

There is a lot going on for the bi/pan/fluid communities in Minnesota and in the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and Saint Paul in particular. There are a number of lively groups and communities including: Bi Minnesota, Minnesota Bisexual Gals Club and the Twin Cities Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP). It is also the home of Bill Burleson an out bi-identified LGBT STD/HIV prevention educator, activist and writer. Among his many accomplishments, Burleson is the author of "Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community", writes a regular column on bisexual issues for "Lavender Magazine" and producing a weekly Minneapolis cable access television show "BiCities!"