In 2008, I went to the Bisexual Organizing Project's (BOP's) annual conference, the Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting Supportive Experience (BECAUSE), for the first time. I have been every year since. BECAUSE for me truly lived up to its name -- it was the very first place I ever felt empowered in my bisexual identity. This was life-changing for me, because I realized that in over 5 years of being a LBGTQIA activist before attending BECAUSE, I never before had the lived experience of being empowered in my sexual identity. After BECAUSE, rather than being a bi-identified queer activist, I became a bi-identified bi* activist, who strives to work in collaboration with queer communities. This year's BECAUSE will be held June 7-9, 2013 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, USA. BOP welcomes and expects international attendance at this life-changing event. For a brief overview of the total conference schedule, click here. Click here to register for BECAUSE.
From 8 AM to 9:30 PM on Friday, June 7, 2013, BOP will feature its first-ever daylong academic research conference on bisexuality, BiReConUSA: BECAUSE Research Matters. The academic conference will precede and help kick off the traditional BECAUSE community conference, June 7-9, 2013, with an exciting and innovative keynote address from the UK's Dr. Meg Barker that highlights the important, under- appreciated connections between bisexual activism and research. Watch Meg give an introduction to bisexuality research in the United Kingdom, here. To register for BiReConUSA: BECAUSE Research Matters, click here.
BiCon, the bisexual highlight of the year in the UK, is a weekend-long gathering for bisexual people, their friends, partners and others with a supportive interest in bisexuality. BiCon has a long and proud history, with the first conference being held in 1984 in London. BiCon attendees don’t all use the labels “bi” or “bisexual” or even agree on what it means to be bi, but bisexuality is the common theme. A typical BiCon might have 250 participants, of which about 60 are at BiCon for the first time. BiCon 2013 will be held at the John Macintyre Conference Centre at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland from July 18-21, 2013. To view the BiCon2013 schedule, click here. To register for BiCon2013, click here.
BiReCon, or the Bisexual Research Conference, much like BiReConUSA: BECAUSE, is an academic research conference on bisexuality. Every other year, BiReCon precedes the community BiCon conference. The first BiReCon was held in 2008. The most recent BiReCon occurred in 2012 and focused on mental health issues. The next BiCon will likely be held in 2014. For more information about BiReCon, click here.
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