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Minneapolis, MN USA

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BISEXUAL ORGANIZING PROJECT
January 22, 2013

My involvement with Bisexual Organizing Project changed my life. In 2008, I went to BOP's annual conference, the Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting Supportive Experience (BECAUSE). 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 GLBTQA activist before attending BECAUSE 2008, I had never before had the lived experience of being empowered in my sexual identity. I was so inspired by this experience, I immediately joined the BOP board and the BECAUSE 2009 organizing committee. Rather than being a bi-identified queer activist, I became a bi-identified bi activist, who strives to work in collaboration with queer communities.

From 2010-2013, I served as Board Chair/Chairperson of BOP. While serving as Chairperson, I was working on completing a dual J.D./Genetics Ph.D. program. I found myself taking transactional law classes, so that I could build the knowledge necessary to make a non-profit thrive on a governance and fundraising level. I was very fortunate that an accountant, Jim Larsen, also developed an interest in the BOP board while I was in my leadership role. Jim's expertise and knowledge of financial practices and strategic planning led the BOP board to create a five year strategic plan, helping the entire organization make a major leap forward.

I am confident now that we have created an accountable, sustainable, goal-oriented non-profit dedicated to serving, organizing, and building the bi/pan/fluid/queer/unlabeled and allied communities, that will only continue to grow in the future. I am very proud of the work we have all done together building BOP and BECAUSE, and I look forward to collaborating with organizational partners to help us collectively grow inclusive, diverse GLBTQQIIAA movements.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

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