The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Minneapolis 2017, April 22-23

Bisexual Organizing Project

Paired with The Scope Creeps

BOP (Bisexual Organizing Project) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered in Minnesota that serves the Upper Midwest. We are committed to building the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community through regular events and the yearly national BECAUSE conference. BOP is welcoming and inclusive of everyone, including but not limited to people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, sexes, relationship orientations, ethnicities, abilities, religions, and political affiliations.



BOP also works in partnership with other groups and individuals in the Upper Midwest who are organizing events serving bisexual and other non-monosexual communities.



What new functionality we are looking for

We are looking for the following website improvements:

Better mobile experience (especially for events and calendar)

More visually engaging / less text heavy

Better navigation (both across the site and within pages)

Better social media integration

Analytics



The following features would be nice to have:

Versioning

Scrolling Banner on the homepage

Calendar and Events featured prominently on the homepage

A separate page for the BECAUSE page

Have a “Follow us on Facebook,” Twitter, Meetup icons near the top of the homepage

How the new functionality will help

The new functionality would allow our community members and allies to better access information and events. We would like to lower the barrier of entry to accessing the community and educational resources. Our website is the main access to our organization and giving guests a friendlier, more engaging website will allow us to build, serve and advocate to our community and promote social justice.



How our organization will use the technology

Our website provides information and resources that are poorly supported by social media platforms and serves as a common point of access.

Who will use the technology

We hope to make content creation and association as easy as possible. This will allow the all-volunteer board members and committee members to keep the website relevant and helpful to the community.

Before & After Snapshots

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16 Messages from Supporters

2017-03-14 03:37:17 UTC
Jim Larsen

BOP literally changed my life. Prior to attending the BECAUSE Conference, which is their major annual event, I was very confused about who and what I was. The information I obtained at that conference helped me to figure out my true identity. The difference has been amazing.

Creating community for people who identify as bi/queer/pan/fluid is so important for folks who fit into those categories. There are no "Bi Bars" where you can go and hang out and feel totally safe. A newer website that is easier to find and navigate will provide folks who are looking for that community the ability to quickly see the organization is doing.

Thank you for considering them.

2017-03-14 00:53:38 UTC
Alex O

I support BOP and believe it promotes an acceptance for being ones unique self in a time where being different means being mistreated and abused in all senses of the word. BOP is a caring community and needs support so it can continue to support its members who need to feel good about themselves. Thank you xo

2017-03-14 01:04:29 UTC
Haddayr Copley-Woods

You guise BOP is so wonderful! They serve the largest group of queer folks (bi's are the largest portion of the queer population but you'd never know it since we're so hidden and marginalized), which has the worst health outcomes, and encompasses the most genderfluid/genderqueer and thus most vulnerable of the population.

They run BECAUSE, a conference that has been absolutely instrumental in creating real, lasting national and bisexual community. It has nurtured and connected thousands of people from around the country, and has given us a place to meet and start to recognize and encourage leadership. A large group from BOP went to the White House conference on bisexuality, and because of BOP, Minnesota is a leader in this growing and very necessary area of queer empowerment.

A better site -- especially a mobile site that is more accessible to those with lower incomes and no computers at home -- will help more people to stay in contact and learn about services.

I cannot overstate what a wonderful and deeply nurturing organization BOP is.

2017-03-14 03:47:12 UTC
Anonymous

The Bisexual Organizing Project has been extremely important for me in my understanding of who I am as a bisexual, and my sense of community. They provide support for a group that other LGBT organizations often only pay lip service to, rather than offering any real support. The members of the board work tirelessly to make sure BOP continues to be a great organization.

BECAUSE, their annual conference, was the first place I felt truly accepted in an LGBT space. It was a life-changing experience that let me know I wasn't alone in the world.

A new site would help reach new members who are as in need of this organization as I was.

2017-03-14 13:08:43 UTC
Anonymous

I am a BOP ally, I support the organization's causes and the people within. I have many close and dear friends that are in BOP. They all very friendly and welcoming. I believe (and heard) of cases each year of individual finding BOP and feel it has saved their life because of the feel of support and understanding, in a "not so" friendly, supportive, and understanding world. BOP is a very important organization to have in the community.

2017-03-15 13:44:31 UTC
Anonymous

BOP is a very important organization! They represent so many of us that span the spectrum. BOP gives support to those of us who feel lost because we do not fit the general binary expectation of our society. They offer solid information to help educate the community at large. The out reach and connection has changed my life and granted me the strength to identify my true self.

An updated website would allow the group to run more effectively and reach that many more souls in need.

2017-03-16 21:28:13 UTC
Lo Å

I first learned about BOP after seeing them march in the Pride parade 3 years ago, and had to track down their table in the park because I had never before seen such a large gathering of "my people"! Since then, I have become increasingly more involved with the organization and have found a sense of support and understanding from this community that I never knew was missing from my life.
It took me a long while to fully realize who I am, and I think a lot of that is due to being part of a marginalized group within a minority. There just isn't the visibility, attention, or support given to bi+ groups and individuals, but BOP is actively working to change that. In addition to helping the people who are already involved to continue doing what they do, I believe that these updates to the website will provide vital information to people who are just coming out or joining the community, and their family, friends, and allies. I think this is a great opportunity for BOP to get the tools it needs to really support us. And this is a chance for them to get the website I wish they had when I came out!

2017-03-17 01:15:11 UTC
Stephen

I was first exposed to BOP meetup discussions and eventually was able to attend BECAUSE conferences. I find the community to be a special part of my life. I hope it has had as great of an impact on others. I would hope the improvements would make the online experience easier for those seeking community too.

2017-03-18 02:07:14 UTC
Sara Mumm-Frehse

BOP helped me a lot when I was first figuring out my bisexuality. I met a lot of good people who are now very good friends. It also helped me become a more extroverted person. It has been a very important part of my life.

2017-03-19 11:00:14 UTC
Ngurumun Doris

Bisexuality is real and we who are bisexual must promote our right for acceptance and inclusion everywhere, else we risk having our sexual orientation disappear into either gay, lesbian or straight sexual orientations. We are neither of those, #WeAreBisexuals.

2017-03-19 22:12:52 UTC
Sarah Weaver

I have been involved off and on with BOP since its beginning as a dream in some Bi+ activists heads for an organization that would build community on an ongoing basis for Bi+ people in the Metro and region. I have seen it grow and continue to offer vital social and supportive groups and activities year round as well as continue to support and put on the BECUASE conference annually. The conference and the ongoing programming surely saves lives. There is no other organization locally that does the work that BOP does to focus on the specific needs of Bi+ identified people. Mainstream GLBT organizations really don't meet the needs of this community and we see that play out in terrible economic and health disparities. I have greeted people as a BOP volunteer at Pride and Mayday when BOP has a booth and so many people are grateful the organization is there so they feel represented and seen. Having a more robust and updated website would greatly help BOP's ability to connect with people and be more visible and accessible.

2017-03-20 01:09:36 UTC
Anonymous

Bop is a great organization. Welcoming and inclusive!

2017-03-19 23:44:02 UTC
Martha Hardy

The Bisexual Organizing Project is one of only six 501(3)(c) non-profit organizations in the United States that exists specifically to serve and advocate for bisexual and other non-monosexual folks. The mainstream LGBTQ organizations provide no programming or funding specifically for bi+ folks, despite the fact that there are more bi+ folks in the US than gay and lesbian people put together. Bi+ folks have the greatest health disparities among LGB (lesbian, gay, and bi) folks. We are the most likely to be poor, the most likely to be homeless, the most likely to experience intimate partner violence, rape, and sexual abuse, and the most likely to have mental illnesses and to experience suicidal ideation. Despite all of this, since 1992, the Twin Cities has been home to BECAUSE, the longest running conference bi and for bisexuals in the US and since 1999 the home of BOP, which aims to support, advocate for, and strive for intersectional social justice for all bisexual, pansexual, queer, unlabeled, fluid, and other non-monosexual people. We do this on a tiny budget. A new website with a more functional design would make a world of difference to a small, independent organization like BOP.

2017-03-20 02:26:42 UTC
Clark Hoelscher

Martha said it all so incredibly well.

I will add, many, many young people identify as bisexual and need access to high quality information. A dynamic, informative website would help reach youth and those who serve them. It could make a world of difference to connect bisexual youth to a high quality resource. Youth rely on mobile access.

Bisexual serving organizations are radically underfunded. The community, which is very lacking in financial means, has to find its own efforts.

Please support BOP in continuing its important work on its completely shoestring budget.

2017-03-23 16:24:06 UTC
Jessie Miller

BOP is one of the only organizations of its kind to not only be focused on lesbians and gays. It is hugely important for bi+ visibility since so often in the LGBTQ community and straight communities we are overlooked. BOP provides critical resources and information to bi+ people that we can literally get NOWHERE else.

2017-03-23 13:40:15 UTC
Sally Corbett

Working with BOP has been one of the most fulfilling, gratifying, and meaningful experiences of my queer life. This organization has helped me to discover so much about myself, connect with others, and find community; all things that are critically important for bisexual individuals to not only survive, but thrive. I will always be excited about working for BOP, because I will always know that we are making a difference in our community. Knowing I get to be a part of making this difference perpetually fuels my passion for BOP, and for building, supporting, and advocating for the bisexual community.

Our Mission

Mission Build, serve and advocate for an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community to promote social justice. Vision Within the next five years grow Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) annual funding to $100,000 and increase our community building, education, and advocacy of the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community.