I attended ClexaCon in 2017 & 2018 as a fan and academic scholar. What struck me was how the otherwise heteronormative places such as the Tropicana Hotel was transformed into a queer place in the week where ClexaCon took place. Having so many queer women & non-binary folks together was something that I’d never seen before or since.

In fan studies femslash fans is generally a largely overlooked group & by characterizing femslash culture, including “The Gay Migration” on Tumblr & events such as ClexaCon I seek to explore how femslash fans differ from slash fans, both in motivation for being in fandom & how they (re)claim spaces online and “offline” in order to create & maintain a community/safe space for queer women.

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