Monday, February 02, 2015

March With Us: Bisexual Community At #CC2015

Bisexual Community @ Creating Change Conference #CC2015
Denver, Colorado
The BOPP Suite
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 AM – 10 PM
The BOPP (Bisexual/Omnisexual/Pansexual/Polysexual) hospitality suite warmly invites everyone of non-monosexual orientation to join us for nourishment of both mind and body. Our room will provide small meals, light entertainment, a safe place to catch your breath, an opportunity to connect with other attendees and share your stories. Check the Grid Schedule at #CC2015 for BOPP Suite location.

Bisexual Organizing Institute
Thursday, 9am – 6pm
In 1991 June Jordan, a black bisexual theorist and poet, called the bisexual movement a “mandate for revolutionary Americans planning to make it into the twenty-first century on the basis of the heart…consecrated to every struggle for justice, every struggle for equality, every struggle for freedom.” The bisexual community embraces intersectional dialogues and continues to work toward a world with safe spaces for every person. This year we’ll look back at recent successes in bisexual* parity and inclusion, while also looking forward to what’s next. Participants will interactively engage with organizers from BiNet USA, The Bisexual Resource Center, and The BiCast and will walk away with the tools and techniques that helped make campaigns like “Lifting the Google Block,” “#BiHealthMonth,” and “Bisexual Inclusion at NYC Pride” successful instances of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer inclusion. For the first time ever, we’ll use a portion of the Institute to help create our signs, firm up messaging and plan our mini march!

Bisexual Visibility Action
Friday, 1:20pm (meet in BOPP Hospitality Suite at 1pm)
All bi* advocates who can will march into the 1:30pm plenary making sure the B in LGBT visible and HEARD. We'll then sit together and cheer any time we hear Task Force ED Rea Carey acknowledge the bisexual community during the State of the Movement address. We have the permission and encouragement of the Task Force staff for this action and Rea has told us the word bisexual will be mentioned! If the President can do it, everyone can! Stay tuned to @BiNetUSA on Twitter for the most up to date info on where to meet, make signs and flags.


Bi-specific Workshops @ #CC2015

FRIDAY, February 6

Building Community & Resisting Biphobia, 9-10:30
Bisexual Community & Issues • All Audiences
This workshop is: a way to affirm our biness; celebrate
the intersection of identities and acknowledge that we
have a range of experiences around our nonmonosexual
& other identities; dialogue among bi folks to develop a
vision of bi community!
Presenters: Laura Amalija Mitchell, Organizer, Feisty
Bis, Stanford, CA

Intersection Electric, 10:45-12:15
Bisexual Community & Issues • All Audiences
Attendees will become more familiar with and improve
their existing advocacy skills around bisexual* and black
community issues. Participants will learn to run interactive
games that utilize intersectionality as a tool to better
understand black and bisexual lives. Attendees will leave
with practical advice, social media tools developed with
intersectionality built in, and will grow their capacity to
support and ally with both black people and “The B in
LGBTQIA.” We welcome all to this session!
Presenter: Faith Cheltenham, President, BiNet USA,
Los Angeles, CA

Building Bisexual Health Awareness, 3-4:30
Bisexual Community & Issues • Fundamentals
The workshop will briefly describe the 2014 Bisexual
Health Awareness Month social media campaign piloted
by the Bisexual Resource Center. We will go over the
weekly topics and the images that were used to highlight
each theme. We will then go over the new topics for the
2015 campaign and discuss ways to highlight each of
them, plus we will strategize the outreach to LGBT organizations
and social media plan.
Presenters: Ellyn Ruthstrom, Executive Director,
SpeakOUT Boston, Boston, MA; Julia Canfield, Board
Member, Bisexual Resource Center, Boston, MA

Bisexually Healthy Faith Communities, 4:45-6:15
Move beyond the binaries! How can understanding and embracing those who identify as bisexual help us get in touch with the nature of the divine? Participants will assess their faith community’s bisexual health, explore current research about bisexuality, practice strategies for making faith communities more welcoming to bisexuals, challenge binary thinking by engaging in theological reflection, and develop an action plan to make their faith community or organization a more welcoming place for bisexual persons. Presenters: Marie Alford-Harkey, Deputy Director, Religious Institute, Westport, CT; Drew Konow, Scholar in Residence, Religious Institute, Westport, CT

Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Caucus, 6:30-7:30
Bisexual Community & Issues • Fundamentals
Wondering where the bi/pan/fluid/queer activists are at
the conference? Wondering how you can connect with
the national and regional bi organizations and movement?
We’ll swap information about what’s going on at
the conference for those from the middle sexualities and
offer opportunities for activists to network with others
from around the country. Organizational leaders will share
information about projects in which they can participate
such as the Bisexual Health Awareness Month and Bi
Awareness Week.
Presenters: Ellyn Ruthstrom, President, Bisexual Resource
Center, Boston, MA

SATURDAY, February 7

Beyond Binaries, 9-10:30

Bisexual Community & Issues • All Audiences
How sexually diverse are we, anyway? Let’s find out. In
this interactive workshop we will conduct an anonymous
survey of those present and we will look at the data:
Where do we fall on the sexuality continuum? How do we
label? How gender [non]conforming are we? How kinky?
How monogamous? And how can we use this information
to become more effective activists?
Presenters: Robyn Ochs, Editor, Bi Women Quarterly,
Educator & Activist, Boston, MA

Blessings Beyond Boundaries: Bisexual and Transgender Adventures in Judaism, 3-4:30
Faith/Practice Spirit, Do Justice • Participants will experience an immersion in chant, prayer, ritual, text study and discussion that lifts up queer sensibilities with a focus on celebrating the gifts of bisexual and transgender Jews. All can be replicated in home congregations, chavurot and ad hoc communities (queer or not) as well as in interfaith and political settings where spiritual experiences frame, support, inform and uplift. Attendees will leave refreshed, renewed, inspired and empowered. Hebrew used will be transliterated and translated.

SUNDAY, February 8

Bi the Agenda: Shaping Bi Inclusive Advocacy, 9:30-11
Bisexual Community & Issues • Intermediate
This workshop will gather bi- pan- fluid, queer-identified
folks and allies for a presentation that marks out the institutional
and structural basis of bi stigma using new data
specific to the bisexual community and then brainstorming
ideas for the next generation of bisexual-specific
advocacy. Bisexuals suffer unique disparities like higher
rates of cancer, addiction, and intimate-partner violence
and have correspondingly unique advocacy needs. Join
bi leaders and advocates to brainstorm advocacy priorities
for our community.
Presenters: Emily Dievendorf, Equality Michigan,
Detroit, MI; Heron Greenesmith, Movement Advancement
Project, Policy Researcher, Somerville,
MA; Paul Nocera, Bi Request, Brooklyn, NY; Denise
Penn, Mission Viejo, CA