The BECAUSE Conference Turns 20

Aug 1, 2012 | 2012 Summer - Then and Now

By Robyn Ochs

The Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience (BECAUSE) is an annual three-day conference for bisexuals, queers, non-monosexuals, the bicurious or questioning, and all allies, regardless of sexual or gender identity, held in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. To mark 20 years, organizers invited all its past keynoters to return and speak. Those present were Amy Andre, Lisa Diamond, Elise Matheson, Robyn Ochs, Carol Queen and Cecilia Tan. There were also many excellent workshops and good food. My personal favorite was the Sunday morning session on Bisexual Parents, brilliantly organized and facilitated by Sidney Gardner and featuring several bi parents, partners and children, including a recent high school graduate and a 10-year-old). For more information about the BECAUSE Conference, visit

Featured image: Amy Andre, Lisa Diamond, Robyn Ochs

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