Beyond the Binary is a bisexual and non-monosexual awareness week sponsored by the LGBTRC, Student Recruitment and Retention Center, The Bivisibility Project, Women's Resource and Research Center, GASC, ASUCD, and the Chancellor's Committee on LGBTI Issues.
Beyond the Binary 2010 January 25th-29th
Monday, January 25th
• Bi 101: 12-1PM @ The LGBTRC
This workshop will go over the basics of bisexuality and nonmonosexuality and will include a review of terms, an overview of basic issues, and a facilitated discussion. This will be a safe space for getting those questions answered!
• Art Reception: 3-7PM @ The King Lounge (MU)
This exhibit will bring together artists from across the community to celebrate our many experiences in a provoking and empowering collection of perspectives. Artists will be present during the reception to discuss their work and food & drinks will be provided.
Tuesday, January 26th
• Safe Zone: 12-3PM @ The Mee Room (MU)
Safe Zone is a three-hour training designed to raise awareness and discuss ways to make the spaces we live and work in more welcoming and safe for LGBTQ people. After completing the training, you have the option of receiving a sign to designate your space as a Safe Zone. To register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530.752.2452.
• Keynote Speaker, Sonia-Melitta Diaz Montoya: 6-7:30PM @ The King Lounge (MU)
Sonia-Melitta Montoya is a proud bi queer femme womyn of color, fierce Xicana womynist, first generation/transfer college graduate, daughter/granddaughter of mine-mill smelter & farm workers' and labor union organizers, and a survivor. She will give a talk on her intersections of identity and how her experiences have shaped her love, passion, and commitment working with underrepresented/marginalized communities to dismantle all forms of oppressions.
Wednesday, January 27th
• Biphobia Makes me Blue: 11AM-12PM @ The Garrison Room (MU)
This workshop will start with an introductory group discussion, then will divide into two groups: nonmonosexuals and allies. The nonmonosexual group will focus on understanding and challenging internalized biphobia. The allies will further discuss what it means to be an ally to nonmonosexual people.
• That’s So Bleep: 1-2PM @ The LGBTRC
This program is designed to raise awareness of the relationship between hate speech, prejudice, and oppression. The program analyzes the roots of hate speech and strives to dissolve the bigotry evident in the 21st century in order to unify and rebuild communities through words and actions.
• What It Is That We Do: 4PM-5PM @ Garrison Room
Looking "beyond the binary" gives us a chance to learn about other forms of sexuality. For many people, BDSM - bondage, discipline, dominance/submission, and sadomasochism - offers a different and compelling way to express love, lust and affection. Through consciously and carefully playing with power, control, and even pain, some lovers find themselves closer and more fulfilled. Come learn about the practices, language, hearts and minds of happily self-proclaimed "perverts" and see if you find out something surprising!
Thursday, January 28th
• BIPOC (Bi People of Color) Workshop: 11AM-12PM @ The Moss Room (MU)
Come and join us for a workshop full of celebration, affirmation, and appreciation of bisexual people of color! This workshop will include a facilitated discussion about the issues that effect bisexual, nonmonosexual, queer communities of color.
• Non-Traditional Relationship/Family Structure: 4-5PM @ The Garrison Room (MU)
Just like homo- and heterosexuality are only two of a vast number of sexual orientations, so also are "coupled" and "single" only two of a vast number of ways to relate to loved ones. Monogamy doesn't work for everyone, and many people have chosen to negotiate different kinds of commitments with their loved ones, including open (non-monogamous) relationships and polyamory (being openly, consensually in love with more than one partner at the same time). Please join us for a discussion about the many ways that people come together and make families of every kind imaginable!
• Student Performance Night: 7-9PM @ The King Lounge (MU)
Enjoy a combination of student and professional performances celebrating bi identity! Performance art will be embraced as a form of resistance and resilience. Expect a range of artistic forms, such as music, dance, theater, literature, and the visual arts. Food & drinks will be provided.
Friday, January 29th
• Crafternoon: 3-5PM @ The LGBTRC
This week’s Crafternoon will look beyond the binary system of the family tree to create art that acknowledges the many diverse forms of family and the families we build around us. Crafternoons is a weekly social and crafting event; new craft projects are taught each week and all supplies are provided.
• BiVis Closed Meeting: 5-7PM in the Righteous Babes Lounge (WRRC)
This discussion is a safe space for people who identify with nonmonosexual identities such as pansexual, bisexual, omnisexual, fluid, or questioning to share our experiences and thoughts. We have been meeting for two years! What do we want the next year to look like?
Beyond the Binary 2009: Reclaiming Bisexuality! January 20th-23rd
Tuesday Jan 20th Barack Obama Presidential Inauguration For more event information contact the SRRC at 530-754-6836
Bi 101 1-2:30 LGBTRC In this workshop we will be going over the basics of bisexuality and nonmonosexuality. This will be a safe space for getting those questions answered!
Kickoff Social 5-6:30pm LGBTRC Always wanted a bi/nonmonosexual pride t-shirt but never found one that was just right? Make your own! Join us for t-shirt making and refreshments to get the week off to a good start! Bring your own t-shirt (or anything else you want to decorate) and get ready to celebrate the beginning of a new year, a new administration and the beginning of the second annual Beyond the Binary!
Weds Jan 21st Biphobia Makes Me Blue! 12-2 Moss Room The first portion of this event is a discussion on biphobia and some ways to be an ally to nonmonosexual people. For the second portion we will divide into two groups: nonmonosexuals and allies. The nonmonosexual group will focus on internalized biphobia and how to challenge it through an experiential activity. The allies will further discuss what it means to be an ally to nonmonosexual people.
Bisexuals @ Play: BDSM as a Bi Pleasure Practice Keynote Speaker: Amy André 8pm MU II Kinky sex has something unique to offer bisexuals and non-bisexuals alike, when it comes to understandings of the body as a site of pleasure. One thing that many BDSM-enthusiasts and bisexuals have in common is a non-gendered/ non-genital-specific approach to desire and its manifestations. In this interactive keynote, we’ll be exploring the intersections of BDSM* and bisexuality both figuratively… and literally.
Thursday Jan 22 Stimulation, Penetration, Masturbation: Debunking Hierarchies of Sex Acts 12-1 Mee Room Tired of explaining your “sexual resume” to explain your bisexuality? Come and discuss the hierarchy of sex acts and how they control concepts like sexuality, virginity, queerness, and bisexuality.
How Does That Work?: A Discussion of Bisexuality and Marriage 3:30-5pm LGBTRC Come for a panel and discussion about ways that bisexuals and their significant others negotiate long-term relationships, such as marriage.
Bi People of Color Expressions with Sean Graham 8-10pm Griffin Lounge BIVERSITY! A Celebration of Bisexual People Of Color! Featuring: Sean Graham, Comedian and Activist Come and join us for a night of Celebration, Affirmation, and Appreciation of Bisexual People Of Color! This is a space where Bi People of Color can come together to share our stories of love and empowerment through various mediums of expression.
Friday Jan 23rd Exploring BDSM and Polyamory with Jezzie Fulmen 12-1:30 Smith Room Interested in learning more about s/m (sadomasochism), bondage, dominance/submission and/or non-monogamy? C. Jezzie Fulmen, MFT will present a workshop that gives an overview of these relationship models and answers questions from attendees. This workshop will be useful for anyone - from those who are just curious about what these terms mean to those who have explored BDSM* and polyamory themselves.
Closed Nonmonosexual Discussion 4-5 Righteous Babes Lounge This discussion is a safe space for people who identify with nonmonosexual identities such as pansexual, bisexual, omnisexual, and trisexual to share our experiences and thoughts. We have been meeting for one year! What do we want the next year to look like?
Fav Bicon Movie Night 6-8pm Olson 6 Come to this social event dressed as your favorite Bi Icon (Bicon), chow down on bi/nonmonosexual themed cupcakes and watch an Academy Award winning bi themed movie. If you need costume suggestions, feel free to stop by the LGBTRC!
*BDSM stands for bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism