2021 Speakers and Panelists
Adelena Rodriguez · she/they
Adelena Rodriguez is a storyteller for social impact. She’s an up-and-coming sapphic fantasy author, NYU film production student heading into media communications, and long-time activist focused on building intersectional action beyond movement spaces. She is the 20-year-old Founder & Executive Director of the Revolution Coalition and is the Artistic Director of the organization’s EMPOWER Arts program. Recently, Lena became the youngest graduate in their Storytelling and Content Strategy program from the University of Washington.
Annie Segarra · she/they
Annie Segarra, also known as Annie Elainey, is an American YouTuber, artist, and activist for LGBT and disability rights. Segarra, who is queer, Latinx, and disabled, advocates for accessibility, body positivity, and media representation of marginalized communities.
Brianna Dym · she/her
Brianna Dym is an information science PhD Candidate at CU Boulder. She researches how marginalized communities leverage technology to uplift and empower themselves and others. In doing so, she writes an exhaustive amount of articles and book chapters that inevitably need to be finished. In her previous professional life, she used to write romance novels.
Caitlyn Clear-Brady · she/her
Caitlyn’s love of storytelling began when she was a shy child who loved going to the theater with her family. Now a writer by day, and an avid TV watcher by night, she feels driven to create the representation she looked for as a child. She strives to create content that includes complex queer characters and storylines that make people question their own beliefs. Caitlyn has been featured in the Emmy Magazine for her spec script of Killing Eve and Playbill for her musical The Flame.
Dr. Christina Patterson · they/she
Dr. Patterson is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in queer health. They are the President Elect of APA Division 44: The Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and a WPATH member.
Christy Fleck · she/her
Christy is the creative mind behind @sapphic.jam, a queer meme page on Instagram with a penchant for Xena content and occasional thirst traps. She started the page on a whim out of pandemic boredom and loneliness and accidentally cultivated an entire beautiful community. When she isn’t making memes, Christy can be found in a gym, probably.
Clyf Hangar · he/him
He is Atlanta’s Blatino Fire! Clyf is a proud member of the Candybox Revue and loves that he is fully invested in the Burlesque Atlanta Community. Clyf has been a Boylesque performer for a little over 6 years, has performed in multiple cities, including Atlanta. He has had the honor of working with many troupes,such as Queerly Beloved Revue, Bear It All Burlesque, Fandom Nerdlesque and Roxie Roz, Fritz Kreig and Ariel Allegro.
Dana Piccoli · she/her
Dana is a pop culture writer and entertainment critic who has written for sites like NBC News, The Mary Sue, Decider, Curve and was a longtime writer and Staff Editor of a formerly popular queer women’s pop culture website. While there she hosted the popular podcast “Let’s Process” which had over 250k downloads. She’s the former Managing Editor of the Bella Media Channel, a vertical of Bella Books Publishing that focuses on queer entertainment and pop culture. Dana is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Queer Media Matters. Because queer media matters. Always has. Always will.
Dana was recently named one of The Advocate Magazine’s 2019 Champions of Pride. She was also one of Curve Magazine’s 2017 Pridelist for her work in LGBTQ media.
Elishia K. Constantine · she/her
Elishia K.Constantine is a writer and producer who got caught up in years of adulting before rekindling her passion for creating queer content at Clexacon 2019. Since then she’s produced the pilot for the queer dramedy, Out in Love, and launched Canon Divergence, a film and podcast studio that showcases queer women and nonbinary folx as stars, not sidekicks.
Eliza Karlson · she/her
A native New Yorker, Eliza grew up surrounded by creativity with a famous photographer father and Vogue editor mother. While living in Singapore and Amsterdam for 10 years, she developed a photography business. Her love of photography soon segued into short films. She focuses on non-profits like Lesbian Game Changers and There With Care. She is passionate about using her skills to highlight important issues.
Elizabeth Wong · she/her
Elizabeth Grace Wong, M.A., is a doctoral student in the Combined Clinical/Counseling Psychology program at Utah State University. Her research at the moment is about positive identity strategies and experiences of religious/spiritual LGBTQ+ BIPOC. Prior to USU, she studied at the University of Toronto for her MA in Women & Gender studies and Sexuality studies, and HBSc in Psychology. Her therapy interests broadly include multicultural and LGBTQ+ identity, resilience, sex and intimacy, and collective healing.
Ellen Simpson · she/her
Ellen served as social media writer and story editor for Carmilla: The Series before becoming creative consultant on Carmilla: The Movie. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studies people’s everyday interactions with technology.
Ellie Brigida · she/her
Ellie Brigida is the co-host and producer of the Queerty nominated podcast Lez Hang Out on the TAGG network, the co-creator and star of the Flame, An Original Podcast Musical and the host and audio engineer for Sweetbitter, a Sappho Podcast. She is also the Studio Production Manager and lead audio engineer for Clear Harmonies.
Evangeline Laveau · she/they
Evangeline Laveau is a self described feminine divine with no limitations on her creativity. She is burlesque & variety show producer, performer, cosplayer, activist, and writer. Evangeline is loud and proud about her bisexuality, her black American heritage, mental health awareness/education, opinions, fandoms, and polyamorous relationships. Evangeline Laveau can captivate you with her performances and in-depth conversations.
Faylita Hicks · she/they
FAYLITA HICKS (she/they) is a queer Afro-Latinx activist, writer, and interdisciplinary artist. They are the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry. Their latest spoken word album, A NEW NAME FOR MY LOVE, debuts across all streaming platforms September 20, 2021. They currently serve as the 2021 Poet-in-Residence for Civil Rights Corps, a new voting member of the Recording Academy, and the Fall 2021 Shearing Fellow for Black Mountain Institute. Hicks is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Tony-Award winning Broadway Advocacy Coalition, The Dots Between, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Lambda Literary, Tin House, and the Right of Return USA.
Geneva Faye · she/her
Geneva Faye is a Los Angeles-based director and producer. Raised both in the US and Mexico, her work aims to examine the space in between culture and identity through sincere storytelling. She most recently produced the short film Growing Fangs on Disney+, and is currently working as a producer at mitú.
Giovannie Espiritu · she/her
Actor and filmmaker Giovannie Espiritu was nominated alongside Academy Award nominees Alfre Woodard & Amy Irving for Best Supporting Actress at MethodFest and stars as Gin in DykeCentral (Amazon). She is also an award-winning filmmaker with over 12 awards on the film festival circuit for her film, “Ally 3000,” a top acting coach whose alumni/current students that include series regulars and Emmy nominees, and is the on-call acting coach for kids at Pixar Animation Studios.
Hannah Liebreich · she/her
Hannah Liebreich recently completed her PhD at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is a visiting assistant professor at Furman University. As a queer sociologist and criminologist, Hannah is interested in gender-based violence and how this issue impacts communities. In terms of media, Hannah’s research has explored social media and the #metoo and how groups such as the Proud Boys make national headlines. In the classroom, she is particularly interested in how media makes class content more accessible to students.
Isabella Rocha · she/her
Isabella Rocha is a 26-year-old model and entertainer. Pronouns are she/her and identifies as queer. Originally born in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil: I have everything to do is learn and dive headfirst into any culture. Drying, dancing, and making people laugh are her favorite past time hobbies. Drag shows, modeling, and YouTube videos is how she makes her money.
Jackie Monahan · she/her
Jackie headlines at the hottest clubs, regularly appears on TV, and has a cult indie-film following. Voted comic-to-watch by Esquire magazine, they said, “Jackie has the looks of your friend’s hot older sister with the jokes of a deranged serial killer. She will kill you and you will be smiling.
She starred in and co-wrote Madeleine Olnek’s beloved Sundance feature film “The Foxy Merkins” which was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Jackie was Zylar in Olnek’s Sundance hit “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” which received rave reviews from both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Jaclyn Chessen · she/her
Jaclyn Chessen is a filmmaker, artist, and owner of To-Enfro Productions based out of the Los Angeles area. Originally from the Bay Area where she got her first taste of indie filmmaking, her work in the industry spans almost 20 years, from her beginnings in publicity for Miramax to years of making indie magic. She has previously been on panels for San Diego Comic Con, Midsummer Scream, and Clexacon. Jaclyn has worked on a breadth of projects including music videos, documentaries, shorts and feature-length films. She wrote and directed the feature film “Shock Attack”, and the shorts “Deprivation”, “Dark Hole”, and “POV: In the Shadows”. She was editor on “Season of Love”, “I Hate New Years”, “Christmas at the Ranch”, and Cinematographer/Editor for “The Bra Mitzvah” and “Passage”.
Jenna Brown · she/her
Jenna Marie Brown is a queer content creator and cast member of Are You The One: Come One Come All: MTV’s first ever reality show featuring solely queer contestants. Originally from southern Indiana, Jenna uses social media to connect with LGBTQ+ youth and share her battle of accepting her identity in a conservative state. A mental health advocate and survivor of addiction, she now works with her (also queer) sister, Lilly Brown, planning LGBTQ+ events in Los Angeles. Jenna’s goal is to create a safe space for queer people to comfortably be themselves and find a like-minded community to thrive in.
Jennifer Ruffin · she/they
Jennifer has been a nerd since childhood, discovering comics at an early age. Upon the realization of her sexuality, she quickly began writing fanfiction online for all the femme couples, starting with Xena and Gabrielle. It has since morphed to include Kim and Shego, Rizzoli and Isles, Emma and Regina, etc. And this will continue for the rest of her life.
Jessica Mason · she/her
Jessica Mason lives near Portland, Oregon with her wife, daughter, and corgi. She is a journalist and author of nonfiction, fiction, and fan fiction. She hosts the podcast Reel Magic and when she’s not writing or being a fangirl, she enjoys gardening, writing other things, music, and witchcraft.
Jett Garrison · he/they
Jett Garrison is a Transgender award-winning director, WGA writer and producer whose work has shown in over 100 film festivals worldwide. Jett’s currently staffed as a writer on The CW Network’s reboot of THE 4400. He’s known for directing the digital series THESE THEMS, winning the Best Director Award from Chicago’s PRIDE FILMS Festival. He’s also won an EMMY and been nominated for an OSCAR for his short film work.
Jett started his filmmaking career in Austin, Texas where his first feature documentary premiered at SXSW. As a fellow in Film Independent’s PROJECT:INVOLVE directing program, Jett was mentored by Jeremy Podeswa [GAME OF THRONES]. Through that fellowship, Jett’s work was sponsored by “NBC/Universal” and featured in “Vanity Fair”. Jett was also a fellow in SONY’s inaugural Diverse Directors Program and was recently invited to participate in Ryan Murphy’s HALF Directing Program for 2021/2022
Jorie Burgos · she/her
SAG/AFTRA Actor, Producer, Wardrobe Stylist, and 2nd hand clothing lover from Puerto Rico.
Kari Alison Hodge · she/her
Kari Alison Hodge is an actress and a writer, known for being Jenna in Good Kisser, Penelope in Dating in Place, Aggie in Crazy Bitches, Esmerelda in Cut and Chop, and Phi in Dinner for 4. She also holds a PhD in Gravitational Wave Astronomy. Besides Dating in Place, she kept busy during the pandemic by doing a photo series featuring the appropriately sized fruit for each week of pregnancy: see #karifetusfruit on instagram.
Kristin Murison · she/her
Kristin is the Production Assistant for Lez Hang Out and co-host of Sapphic Stuff podcast. Being a typical Gemini, she loves working in podcasting and especially loves hosting queer events for Lez Hang Out. Kristin began working in LGBTQ+ media, because growing up under several minority umbrellas (South Asian, lesbian, adoptee) she never felt represented by the characters on her screen. Kristin is very passionate about both increasing positive representation for minority groups in media and in being a source of positive representation herself. In her spare time she loves to hang out with her dog Ember Roo, write fiction, and swim as a mermaid.
Kristina Pupo · she/her
Kristina Pupo is a first-generation, Cuban-American screenwriter and director from Miami. Kristina wrote and directed the LGBTQ dramedy pilot, Out in Love. This summer, Kristina was selected to be a part of Constellation Incubator, a program designed to disrupt the current indie film production and distribution model in hopes to create a more equitable and sustainable indie film ecosystem. Currently she is also playing Ana Elias in the much anticipated season 2 of Rational Creatures, a literary web series that gives a queer and latine twist to Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Lagueria Davis · she/her
Lagueria Davis graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2007 with a BFA in Media Art. Since graduating, Davis has established herself as an award-winning filmmaker. MAID OF DISHONOR, a feature she co-wrote was a 2016 Nicholls Fellowship Quarter-Finalist. In 2019, her short film, LIGHT IN DARK PLACES hit the film festival circuit and is now streaming on Amazon and other VOD platforms. In most recent news, Davis was selected as a participant in the Mentorship Matters TV Writing Program and is currently in production directing BLACK BARBIE: A DOCUMENTARY.
Currently, Davis resides in LA where she’s on the Emeritus Board of the Alliance of Women Directors.
Larin Sullivan · she/her
Larin Sullivan is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has directed documentaries for Showtime, ABC Australia, HGTV as well as content for OUT, Samsung, Lexus and This Free Life. Her first narrative feature film THE YOUNG KING, which she wrote and will direct, is the story of a drag king who reconnects with her deadbeat dad, a clown, over a weekend in Las Vegas. In development, the short film version of the same name is currently playing festivals.
Dr. Lauren Chapple-Love · she/her/Dr.
Dr. Chapple-Love’s clinical experience primarily lies in Forensic and Correctional Psychology. While in the community, she has worked with court-mandated individuals and in sexual health. Dr. Chapple-Love has focused on diverse populations (e.g., LGBTQAI+, People of Color, the Kink community, etc.) and the ways that they process and can excel while living within systems of oppression and majority culture spaces. She is a member of the executive board of the Nevada Psychological Association (NPA), serving as the current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair. Dr. Chapple-Love will also serve as the President-Elect of NPA, the first Black-identified psychologist to be elected in the organization’s nearly 65 year history.
She is the owner of Elle Psychological Services, LLC, a private practice that currently focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion training and consultation.
Lilly Brown · she/her
Lilly Brown is a story producer for unscripted TV by day, Tik Tok content creator and event planner by night. She started in 2014 making queer song covers on YouTube, but the 2020 quarantine pivoted her to Tik Tok, where her queer-focused videos gained popularity amongst the #lesbiansoftiktok. This audience reach was the catalyst for hosting a queer meet-up, which has since evolved into Queer Field Day – an event for queer people to meet friends, play games, and find community.
Mariah Hanson · she/her
The founder of The Dinah, the world’s largest lesbian/queer/non-binary music festival and event in the world. The Dinah is five days of celebrating community, our lives, our differences and the ways our shared culture beautifully unites us. Empowering, inspiring, and celebrating all things female and the many ways we identify through music and community
Morgan Riedl · she/her
Morgan Riedl is a PhD candidate in creative writing, with a specialization in nonfiction, at Ohio University in Athens, OH, where she lives with her rez dog and retired horse (not in the house). She has an MA in creative nonfiction from Colorado State University. Her essays have appeared in the Normal School, Sonora Review, Entropy, and Essay Daily.
Rae Magdon · she/her
Rae D. Magdon is an author of queer speculative fiction. She believes everyone deserves to see themselves represented in the stories they read, especially lesbians, bisexual women, queer women, trans women, and nonbinary folks. She has published thirteen novels through Desert Palm Press. Her cyberpunk novel, Lucky 7, received a Golden Crown Literary Award for Sci-Fi/Fantasy (2019) as well as a Rainbow Award for Science Fiction (2019).
Renee Santos · she/her
Santos is a Professional Stand-Up Comedian, Actress and Podcaster, seen on Showtime, Last Comic Standing and performing at comedy clubs and theaters around the country. Her self-written and produced 1 Hour Special “Outside the Box” was picked up by AmazonPRIME in October of 2019 and she currently is in pre-production for her sophomore Comedy Special. Her comedy is Revving with verve and theatrics, Santos gives you a little bit of everything: funny voices, wordplay, musical comedy, and rapturous storytelling. She is here at ClexaCon to share the journey to creating her own content and the persistently patient path it takes to put art into the world.
Riley Silverman · she/her
Riley Silverman is a writer, comedian, and professional geek. She’s a contributing writer for Nerdist and Fandom, the award-winning sci-fi podcast, Bubble, as well as SYFY’s Forgotten Women of Genre limited podcast series. She has rolled dice on numerous actual-play D&D and Roleplaying shows, including in the role of Braga for the official tabletop adaptation of Rat Queens. Her comedy album Intimate Apparel was a #1 bestseller. She lives in Los Angeles, California and she is certain that her lightsaber would have a white kyber crystal.
Rivkah Reyes · they/she
Rivkah Reyes (they/she) is an LA-based/Chicago raised Filipina-Jewish actor, writer, musician, and comedian. Riv’s recent TV and film credits include Netflix’s Easy, NBC’s Bring The Funny, and the upcoming Lifetime Christmas movie A Picture Perfect Holiday, but they are best known for their work in the iconic School of Rock. Riv is the host of Where Are We Now?, a podcast where former child stars get to connect and share their stories so that Buzzfeed doesn’t have to. Follow Riv on the internet @rivkah.reyes on IG/TikTok and @rivkahreyes on Twitter!
Robin Lowey · she/her
Robin Lowey is a speaker, author, filmmaker, and historian, whose work elevates the discourse in our country about the role lesbian history plays in advancing LGBTQ+ civil rights and social equity. As a pioneering queer parent and an activist, Robin’s work focuses on LGBTQ+ achievements that have advanced a more inclusive society as well as on the unmet needs of a culture that continues to oppress queer people.
Robin Lowey is the executive director of Lesbian Game Changers, a project that provides schools with valuable resources that fill the gap in education about LGBTQ history.
An award-winning graphic designer and writer, Robin is the founder of Epochalips.com and has been Editor-in-Chief since 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Advocate, Lesbian.com, and Epochalips.com. Honored in Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love issue, Robin was a featured speaker at Talks at Google and the Michelle Meow Show on The CW Network. She is a member of the LGBT Speakers Bureau.
Sarah-Caitlin Williford · she/her
Sarah-Caitlin Williford is a kickboxer, dog mom, stringed instrument enthusiast and self-defense instructor who co-runs the fast-growing Xena: Warrior Princess Facebook discussion group “Xenites United” and spends her time traveling around the country advocating for positive LGBTQ+ representation in film and television.
Sav Rodgers · he/him
Sav Rodgers is a filmmaker and screenwriter from Kansas City. His work often centers on telling highly specific, surprising comedies and documentaries involving LGBTQ+ characters. He is the director of Chasing Chasing Amy (2022/23), an upcoming feature documentary about the cultural impact of Chasing Amy (1997) on the greater LGBTQ+ community and the profound, lasting impression on his own life. Sav also delivered a TED Talk on the subject titled, “The rom-com that saved my life.” In addition to his work as a director/writer, Sav is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Transgender Film Center, a nonprofit aiming to help trans creators bring finished films to audiences around the world.
Sonya Saturday · she/her
Sonya Saturday is a Los Angeles-based cartoonist, writer, photographer and experimental video creator. Her work has a sly and satirical sense of humor, and often features bright colors, sex, death and dinosaurs.
Stephanie Sullivan · she/her
Stephanie M. Sullivan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Polyamory Relationship Coach, Writer, Educator, Speaker, and Entrepreneur. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, and multi-partner relationships in navigating various relationship styles from an attachment-based, trauma-informed lens. Stephanie also actively works to raise awareness and educate other therapists and healing professionals about polyamorous relationships.
Tara Madison Avery · she/her
Tara Madison Avery is a cartoonist and publisher of Stacked Deck Press. Her works include the Ignatz Award-winning We’re Still Here, the LGBTQ+ historical coloring book series, and the webcomic Gooch. Avery has also worked with non profit organizations such as Prism Comics and the Los Angeles Bi Task Force to promote queer representation in popular media. Her most recent project, The Polyamory Coloring and Activity Book, is available now from Stacked Deck Press.
Taylor Gates · she/her
After earning her BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Evansville, Taylor Gates moved to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking. In December 2018, she wrote and executive produced her first short: a comedic, LGBTQ+ take on the noir genre called MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME, which won Best Screenplay at the Victory International Film Festival. She made her directorial debut with a short film she wrote through the OutSet fellowship, a high school comedy called ACADEMIC SUPER SQUAD, which premiered at the 2019 Outfest Festival and won Best LGBTIQQ Film at the Splice Film Fest. The OutSet Fellowship also sparked her partnership with co-writer Sav Rodgers, and together, they have written several projects, including road trip comedy EMPTY NESTERS and high school dramedy I LOVE YOU, MARGOT ROBBIE, which is a finalist for both the ScreenCraft Comedy Competition and Outfest’s Screenwriting Lab.