Panels

Meetup

Aromantic/Asexual Meetup

Join us for an informal chat and meet others in the community.

Avalance (Legends of Tomorrow)

After seven glorious seasons, we’ve had to say goodbye to Legends of Tomorrow, but you can still join Caity Lotz and Jes Macallan to celebrate their iconic characters, talk about the legacy of Avalance, what the show has meant to the stars, and what the future might bring for heroic queer love stories.

Community

Bi+ Representation

Bi+ people make up one of the largest portions of the LGBTQ+ community, but where are they on screen? It’s time to lose the stereotypes and start representing bi+ people as full, diverse, interesting characters. Join us as we discuss the importance of improving bi+ representation and inclusion in television and film and celebrate the positive, well-rounded characters that we are starting to see.

Meetup

BIPOC meetup

Join us for an informal chat and meet others in the community.

Bridget Regan

Bridget Regan’s numerous film and television credits include hit shows Legend the Seeker, Jane the Virgin, White Collar, Agent Carter and most recently, Batwoman, taking on the captivating role of Poison Ivy. Join us as we chat with Bridget about what it’s been like working on shows centering strong women characters throughout her career and the projects she’s currently working on.

Publishing

Building Fictional Worlds When the Real World is Crumbling

One of the more whimsical memes that circulated early in the COVID-19 pandemic involved the 17th century Sir Isaac Newton inventing calculus and sorting out various laws of modern science while sequestered from the Plague. Whether or not that’s precisely true, the question remains: How do we, as creators of queer popular culture, build joyous escapist worlds while the real world is dangerous and uncertain? Are storytellers from marginalized groups particularly equipped to meet the challenge of imagining happy ever afters when real life makes no such promises?

Creators

Building Your Queer Community Online

With people’s shortening attention spans, and a plethora of social networks to choose from how do you build and maintain community online? These panelists have a pretty good idea. Listen in as they share their experiences and expertise.

Calliette (First Kill)

Netflix’s latest breakout hit, First Kill has given us new lesbian power couple, Juliette and Calliope, played by Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis respectively. This story of a vampire and a vampire hunter has captivated audiences all over the world and Sarah and Imani are making Calliette fans’ dreams come true by joining us together at ClexaCon 2022.

Creators

Casting for Film and Television

Attention aspiring and experienced actors, directors and producers! Are you interested in learning more about the casting process? It’s one of the most important roles for any project, bringing producers and actors together to make magic. Come and get some insider tips and tricks for your next project.

Community

Creating Community

Queer events that are not focused on the bar scene are an important way to feel connected, meet new friends, and be part of a larger community. Meet some of the people creating these events, hear what inspired them to get started, the challenges, and the rewards of creating spaces for our community. Featuring founders and leaders from The Queer 26, Queer Field Day, JQ International, Women on a Roll, Fan Girl Cafe

Creators

Creating Queer Fantasy, Horror and Sci-fi worlds

What is it about these genres that lend themselves to creating inclusive spaces and worlds? How can you ensure authentic queer representation that avoids tropes? Join us to discuss our experiences as creators and authors, how to make this content on a budget, and how to keep growing the canon of queer LGBTQ+ stories and content.

Community

Dissecting The L Word, Generation Q

In January 2004, The L Word made waves as the first mainstream premium cable network series aimed at a lesbian audience. More than fifteen years later, the show came back queerer than ever with The L Word: Generation Q, which is currently airing its second season on Showtime.
Join us for an interactive discussion as we dissect all things Generation Q, including standout characters, how the reboot compares to the original, how the show reflects our community,whose identities are represented and whose are still missing from the conversation, and the future of shows that focus exclusively on the LGBTQ community.

Creators

Facebook and Instagram as Platforms for Creators

Hear from LGBTQ+ creators about how best to utilize Facebook and Instagram to share your content and build community. Presented by Meta.

Meetup

Filmmaker Meetup

Join us for an informal chat and meet others in the community.

Creators

Get That Story Out of Your Head and Into the World!

You’ve got so many story ideas based on your favorite fandoms but you have no idea where to start, or even if your idea is any good. Solo performance is a little-known way to experiment with creative ways to bring your story to life, and sharing it with the world is a powerful way to build your LGBTQ+ community. Learn simple solo performance exercises drawn from theater, improvisation, and the performing arts world to finally get that story idea from inside your brain and outside into the world.

Creators

Getting it done – short films from start to finish

Short films are a great entry point for up-and-coming filmmakers but it’s important to make sure that you have the best production quality to get your film noticed and get accepted into film festivals. Join this panel of filmmakers to learn tips and tricks of making a quality short film on a budget and how to get the best production quality with limited resources.

Janina Gavankar

Indian/Dutch actress, writer, director, musician, producer, and geek, Janina Gavankar is a modern-day renaissance woman, transitioning effortlessly between film, television shows, and video games. Best known to queer TV fans for her role as Eva “Papi” Torres on The L Word, Janina will be talking about her impressive resume on the ClexaCon stage.

Creators

Journey into Character Design

Join Stephen Silver, character designer of Kim Possible and Danny Phantom, to learn about the process of designing characters from concept through delivery. Learn about what’s involved in visualizing the look, personality and physical traits of a new character and how take inspiration from a script.

Katie Cassidy

For eight seasons, Katie played the character of Laurel Lance on the CW show, Arrow. Laurel first appeared on Arrow as an assistant district attorney of Star City, but later became a vigilante and eventually a member of Team Arrow as the Black Canary. Join us as we chat to Katie about this role, and her extensive career including her roles on Gossip Girl, Melrose Place and Supernatural.

Katrina Law

From Spartacus to Arrow, NCIS to Hawaii Five-0, Katrina Law has built a lengthy resume bringing the roles of strong, complex female characters to life. Join us as we chat with the ClexaCon veteran on what she’s been up to since we last saw her in Vegas, the inspiration behind her kick ass roles and what the future holds for her.

LGBTQ+ Actors

Since the beginning of ClexaCon we have been proud to support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ actors who are forging a path in the entertainment industry. Come and support these out queer actors making a difference in front of the camera and hear them discuss their careers and the fears, hopes, and realities of being queer and in the public spotlight. Let’s continue to support the actors at the forefront of LGBTQ+ visibility in the industry!

Creators

LGBTQ+ Voice Actors and Characters

Video Games and Animation have increasingly allowed opportunities for LGBTQ+ people to portray characters of varying genders and sexualities. In this panel, LGBTQ+ voice actors and actors who play LGBTQ+ characters share how these characters have grown and changed over the years and why representation in voice acting matters.

Méníshè: The Creation of Mother Tongue

In this presentation, David J. Peterson and Jessie Sams discuss how they came to work on Motherland: Fort Salem and how the creation of the Méníshè language came to be.

Creators

Music for the screen

Hear from some accomplished film composers and musicians on what it’s like to create music for films, including some mainstream blockbusters, and how to get involved in the industry as a composer. 

Creators

Opening the door to the film industry: Collaboration and Creativity

Finding, creating and collaborating with your behind the scenes crew through an intersectional lens

Community

Queer 3.0 | NFTs and the LGBTQ+ community

An in-depth conversation on NFTs and how this is the moment for the LGBTQIA community to have a seat at the table as we shape a new world. Learn how powerful it can be when technology, creators and collectors collide to usher in a new economy of experiences, content and products.

Community

Queer BIPOC Representation

Representation for queer people of color, especially in non cis-men centered media, is still lagging far behind, even as on-screen portrayals of LGBTQ+ issues continue to improve. Why is this, and what can we do as a community to combat it? Join us to discuss where we stand and how we can develop, empower, and support more diverse voices from our communities through an intersectional analysis that can change the narrative across all media platforms.

Community

Queer Representation in Comics

LGBTQ+ stories were rarely told in the early days of the comic book industry. These days, queer characters can be found front and center as more queer creators are telling our stories in both indie and mainstream comics. Join us for a discussion about how these creators are bringing positive representation to life.

Community

Queering the Documentary

Documentary films let us view aspects of our world that we otherwise may not get to see and give us a peek inside the lives, struggles and triumphs of LGBTQ+ people. Queer documentarians highlight issues like the need for more LGBTQ representation in the media and films, they highlight community members and important allies, they examine and report on political matters, and they bring us personal stories that humanize our communities.

Creators

Queering the Narrative: The Role of Editors in Television

Editors aren’t often talked about when we discuss a film or show but their impact can make or break a project. They use their own creative flair to help a creator bring their story to life as they piece together footage into a coherent story. Join us to meet some of these incredible editors who are helping to queer the narrative in some of your favorite network shows.

Community

Representation in Mental Health: The Power of Queer Storytelling for Healing

The queer community knows better than any other how representation in storytelling can not only be a catalyst to self-discovery, but can also inspire healing and even save lives. This talk would explore how sharing our stories as LGBTQIA+ people can help process mental health struggles like grief and trauma, create safe spaces of love and acceptance, inspire others to pursue their own recovery, and break down the mental health stigma that steals the lives of so many within our vibrant community.

Community

Self-Defense and Self-Protection: I deserve the space I inhabit

In this workshop, we will explore not only skills to protect our physical bodies, but also ways to cultivate our inner strength. We will identify our personal boundaries and ground in the affirmation “I deserve the space I inhabit”. We will learn how to use our situational and mental awareness and voice to reinforce our boundaries, then learn how to use our bodies to protect ourselves.

Community

Showing Up and Getting Shit Done

How many times have you asked yourself “I know where I want to be but how do I get there, and what do I do when I finally get there?” In this panel you will have the opportunity to speak to industry professionals at all levels. You will find out how to get started, how to move up the ranks, what to look out for, and how to advocate for yourself as a queer person in entertainment.

Creators

Supporting Queer Creatives Throughout Their Careers

It takes a village, and queer creatives deserve to be supported and lifted up as they pursue their dreams. Learn how several organizations help queer creatives through various programs and services including fellowships, networking and more.

Community

That’s So Funny: Positive LGBTQ+ Representation in Comedy

Laughter is the key to life, and the world definitely needs a lot more of that! Join our panel of accomplished performers to discuss their journeys and how they continue the quest for positive representation in comedy.

Tech

The Intersection of Technology and Entertainment

Web 3.0, NFTs, AI, crypto, and other technologies are having a growing impact on the creation and delivery of entertainment. Learn how some of these technologies are being used, what we can do to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are being included in their development, and how our communities can benefit from them as their use evolves.

Community

The Reality Behind The Illusion of a Love Scene

You want them, you’re turned on by them, and sometimes you might live vicariously through them. If you’ve never been on a film set to find out how love scenes are created from the ground up, this is your chance at a peek behind the curtain.

Using real life examples from their work, Marina Rice Bader and Jane Clark will break down the process – from the technical to the emotional – and share their experiences with accompanying clips and answer questions along the way.

Community

Trans and Non-Binary Representation in Media

Where are our trans & non binary characters in film and TV? Which shows are doing a good job and which types of content are failing. Join our panelists to discuss the impact of visible trans and non binary characters in mainstream TV and what needs to be done to increase the number of characters across our screens. We’ll discuss the impact these stories can have, share our favorite characters and debate what needs to be done to get better all-around representation on screen for our communities.

Meetup

Trans Meetup

Join us for an informal chat and meet others in the community.

Publishing

Who Are the People in Our Gayborhood: Expanding the Universe of Queer Characters in Sapphic Fiction

Until very recently, the queer cast list of queer women’s fiction was populated almost exclusively by lesbians–indeed, #lesfic was its social media identifier. This panel of award winning Bold Strokes Books authors discuss the expanding queer fictional universe, as bi, pan, enby, and trans characters–and other queer-identified characters–unapologetically appear alongside (and romantically entangled with) lesbians.

Community

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: Why queer creators matter

Can you get more meta than this? Creators of queer culture discuss the importance of queer creators. But we need to talk about this, because lots of people don’t think we belong at every creative table. How and why do we matter, especially when we’re making queer stories? Does queerness behind the scenes only matter if the story centers queer lives? What do queer, trans and non-binary folks in particular bring to the table? Or do we really matter?

Wildmoore (Batwoman)

The cancellation of Batwoman has sparked outrage among fans across the globe, but Wildmoore lives on on the ClexaCon stage. Join Javicia Leslie and Meagan Tandy as they discuss their groundbreaking roles on Batwoman and the importance of representing Black lesbian lives and love on mainstream television.

Meetup

Writer Meetup

Join us for an informal chat and meet others in the community.

Community

You Wanna Put That WHERE?!?

This educational and hysterical workshop delves into sex ed, anatomy, all sorts of sex info and lots and lots of sex toys! For those 18+ with an interest in anything sex, I’ll even include an anonymous Q&A for those questions anyone may have.