21st Annual BECAUSE Conference & BiReConUSA at Augsburg College in Minneapolis MN

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Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will host the 21st Annual BECAUSE Conference (Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting Supportive Experience) June 7-9, 2013, put on by the Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP). Additionally – and historically – June 7th will see the first ever academic research symposium, BiReConUSA, co-hosted by BOP (Bisexual Organizing Project), BiReCon (Bisexual Research Conference) and the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB). BECAUSE and BiReConUSA organizer Lauren Beach said,

“Notably, while the focus of both the academic and community conferences is on issues of specific interest to bisexual communities, the keynotes and the workshops will provide information of interest to people of any identity, those who are questioning their identity and those who identify as allies.”

BiReConUSA organizer Dr. Alex Iantaffi added,

“This year, with the addition of BiReConUSA, we are excited to expand our conference mission to include a focus on ‘bringing together members of the [academic] research and bisexual communities to help shape future research that will further the understanding and acceptance of bisexuality.”

Features to look forward to at this year’s conference include:

  • keynote speeches from Alan Rosenthal Bill Burleson, Natalie Clark and Dr. Meg Barker from the United Kingdom
  • a wide variety of workshops on a range of issues from sexual identity and social activism to intersectionality and kink
  • academic plenaries and panels on bisexual health disparities, bisexual activism trends and models of inclusive counseling for bisexuals, among many other topics
  • entertainment in the form of an attendee reception, bisexual film festival, a Cabaret and the premiere of Gadfly Theatre’s monologue-based show, “QUEER!


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