Abbie is a motion designer and artist. She spent her high school days making fan art, fiction, videos, and gifs, and has somehow found a way to make that her career. She released her debut album “Types” in the spring of 2018 and released an EP last spring. She’s currently working on her new music, fantasy novels, and motion projects.
Alexis is a queer Catholic girl from Pittsburgh. Her passions include making videos, Korean pop music, Supergirl, and being a goof.
Alexandra is a lesbian actress and co-founder of House of Pride, the new go-to place for the queer female and non binary community. She played Amira in Clink, the UK’s new prison drama, and is regularly seen on BBC shows including Eastenders and Shakespeare & Hathaway. She is also co-founder of SHADES, an organisation for South Asian creatives.
Alyssa Paez is a lawyer with Western Canada’s largest management-side employment and labour law firm. Alyssa’s practice includes advising and representing employers in the film and television industry in British Columbia on various workplace issues, including policy implementation and employment standards compliance. She also delivers diversity and respectful workplace training to the cast and crew of many of the productions being filmed in Vancouver, BC.
Amanda is one of the co-hosts of Very Gay, Very Ladylike the Podcast and Headspace the Podcast. With a background in psychology, social work, and research, she brings a unique perspective to her podcasts and work along with her unapologetically fierce, queer, and feminist presence. Pronouns: She/her/her
Amelea Sutherland is a Canadian writer, director, and film producer. She would best describe herself as “a panda riding a unicorn”. She is passionate about passion. She has written and produced the short film Maebe.
Ana Paula Teixeira
Ana Teixeira is a Brazilian/Puerto Rican filmmaker raised between Puerto Rico and the diaspora. Their work captures their surroundings as a nonbinary/queer person in Puerto Rico’s metro life, the diverse members of the underground LGBTQA+ community, and their resistance against heteronormative societal standards in a modern day colony. Through uses of magic realism in their narratives they portray the hyperbolism of the Puerto Rican youth perspective. Ana at twenty-one years old has recently graduated with a bachelors in Digital Film Production at University of Sacred Heart, and they aim to expand their worldview as a queer/nonbinary femme.
Anne Hagan has self-published more than 20 novels and novellas and the story ideas keep coming. She’s dabbled in women loving women romance, but mysteries and thrillers are her true loves.
Award-winning author, Ashley Bartlett was born and raised in California. She is the author of the Dirty Trilogy and the Cash Braddock series. She writes and edits for Bold Strokes Books.
Aurora Rey is a college dean by day and award-winning lesbian romance author the rest of the time, except when she’s cooking, baking, riding the tractor, or pining for goats. She grew up in a small town in south Louisiana, daydreaming about New England. She is the author of the Cape End Romance series and several standalone contemporary lesbian romance novels and novellas.
August McLaughlin is a nationally recognized journalist, media personality and host and podcast host and producer, best known for her empowerment brand and book series, Girl Boner, and the podcast, Girl Boner Radio. Her articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine, HuffPost and more and her expertise has been featured in a range of major media outlets, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Shape, Elite Daily and Bustle. Known for melding personal passion, artistry and activism, August uses her skills as a public speaker and writer to encourage others to embrace their bodies, sexuality and selves, making way for fuller, more authentic lives.
Barbara Ann Wright
Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels when not ranting on her blog. Her work has made Tor.com’s Reviewer’s Choice Books, been a Foreword Review BOTYA Finalist, a Goldie finalist, and made Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels by Female Authors. She has won five Rainbow Awards and has been a Lambda Award finalist.
Beth has published five books with Sapphire Publishing. Her sixth book, Coyote Ate the Stars, won first place in fantasy in the Writer’s Digest Self-published book awards. She teaches college comp and Early British Lit. An immigrant to Canada, Beth lives in BC with her wife and their pets.
I am a women’s history professor, now teaching women’s sports history at UC-Berkeley, and the author of 17 award-nominated books.These include THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION (an Oprah Magazine selection), THE DISAPPEARING L (American Library Association Choice award) and the Bywater Books lesbian time travel novels SAPPHO’S BAR AND GRILL and SAPPHO’S OVERHEAD PROJECTOR. I’m also a consultant to Disney Animation, the College Board, the State Department and the Smithsonian, and am proud to serve at the archivist for Olivia Records–the nation’s first and longest-lasting lesbian-owned recording company.
Braxie Jacobson is a queer creator who always strives to be as honest and vulnerable as possible. She does her best to create genuine representation through multiple different mediums of art. Braxie is most known for her short film “Warmish” and recently released a visual album titled, “Closure.”
Brey Willows is a longtime editor and writer. She lives in the middle of England with her wife and fellow author and spends entirely too much time exploring castles and ancient ruins while bemoaning the rain.
Bri is a nonbinary engineer currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio. They have an unhealthy obsession with fanfiction, both reading and writing. Their one wish is that there will be more representation for LGBTQ+ people in not just literature, but on the big screen as well.
Candice, the self appointed Pope of Misandry, was forged in the decadent streets of NYC amongst endless library books & club kid glitter. Her favorite things include: violence, weapons, and the women who wield both with wild abandon. When not preparing for the apocalypse, you can usually find her screaming into a mic about something really, really queer in TV/Film… for several hours at a time.
Candida Valentina is the founder and producer of Queerly Beloved Revue (ATL) and the VP of Secret City Burlesque(Athens, GA). She’s also a Seattle based model, performer, actress and lesbian looking to be outspoken about the resistance. Candida produces a wide variety of LGBTQ+ shows and events. She uses her platform help push unity, diversity and acceptance within the community and beyond. Partnering with a variety of venues, she’s showing that there is more to our community than meets the eye.
Carsen Taite’s goal as an author is to spin tales with plot lines as interesting as the cases she encountered in her career as a criminal defense lawyer. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels of romance and romantic intrigue, including the Luca Bennett Bounty Hunter series, the Lone Star Law series, and the Legal Affairs romances. Carsen has won seven Goldie awards and is the recipient of the Alice B. Readers Appreciation Medal for her body of work. Find out what’s she’s working on next at carsentaite.com.
Charlie David has hundreds of hours of television to his credit predominantly exploring the LGBTQI2S experience. He has been selected as the Canadian Filmmaker in Focus by the Kashish Film Festival in Mumbai, India, an invited guest of the Canadian embassy in South Africa to share his documentary on HIV+ youth, executive produced Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride, a global look at pride celebrations and winner of multiple awards including the HBO Best Doc award at the Miami International LGBT Film Festival.
Charlie is principal and CEO of Border2Border Entertainment and Guts and Galls Productions Inc.
I’m a queer writer based in DC, writing crime fiction with a kick-ass, Bi, protagonist. I’m Director of Inclusion at the Golden Crown Literary Society. Follow Me, Like Me, Heart Me, Holler, please buy my books!
Cristi plays “Mama Vakri” a Kalashtar bard on Dicey Amazons. Mama V is based on her own Abuela of charming proportions ready to serve up tasty dishes of wisdom and spunk. Cristi is a Mom, wife, and high school science teacher passionate about all things geek. She works to encourage flexible thinking, creative problem solving, and communication through game play for up and coming generations
Danielle is a Colorado-based artist and junior high art teacher. When she isn’t molding the mind’s of today’s youths, she can be found creating a sketch of your favorite queer characters, obsessing over the latest celebrity she saw on tv, or traveling abroad in the summer.
Dianna Conley is an LGBTQ+ (bisexual/pansexual) voice actor who has been lucky enough to play several LGBTQ+ characters. She is most well known for her work in Code 7, a fully voice-acted text-based video game adventure. In addition to video game and commercial work, she also narrates romance and erotica and has been excited to see LGBTQ+ representation give the community hope for our own romantic and professional endeavors. – www.diannaconley.com
Novelist and playwright, EA Kafkalas is the author of the novels “Donning the Beard”, “Frankie & Petra”, “Out of Grief”, “The Second Heart”, and “Soul Mistakes”, and the plays “Lopsided” and “Pandora’s Golden Box”. A Renaissance woman, EA has worked in the theatre as an actor, director and producer, in addition to being a mixed media artist working with clay and acrylic paints. EA’s other passion is cooking and creating new gluten-free, whole food plant-based meals with no oil that others have compared to great sex.
Elishia Constantine is a film school grad who got caught up in years of adulting before rekindling her passion for creating queer content at Clexacon 2019. Now she’s hosting The Queer Bean Podcast, producing the web series, Out in Love, and enacting a detailed plan to create as much queer content as possible. Elishia’s mission is to create art that showcases queer womxn of color as stars, not sidekicks.
Elle Spencer is the author of several best-selling lesbian romances, including Casting Lacey, a Goldie finalist. She is a hopeless romantic and firm believer in true love, although she knows the path to happily ever after is rarely an easy one—not for Elle and not for her characters.
When she’s not writing, Elle loves working on home improvement projects, hiking up tall mountains (not really, but it sounds cool), floating in the pool with a good book, and spending quality time with her pillow in a never-ending quest to prove that napping is the new working.
Elle grew up in Denver, and she and her wife now live in Southern California.
Host of the Lez Represent Podcast, where she interviews lady-loving queers from all walks of life on their experiences and projects.
The Dating Advice Girl, Erin Tillman, is an inclusive Dating Empowerment Coach, Author, Speaker, and TV/Radio/Podcast Host based in Los Angeles, California. In 2018, Erin was awarded the Gender Equity Award presented by the California National Organization For Women (NOW). She is dedicated to empowering ALL SINGLES IN ALL LIFESTYLES to have happy and enjoyable dating lives that best suit their dating & relationship wants, needs, and objectives. For 12 years, she has helped singles successfully navigate through the early stages of dating through empowerment and consent workshops at conferences and on college campuses, through her book, The Consent Guidebook, over 100 dating-related articles for various lifestyle and dating sites, hosting events for singles, working as a matchmaker, radio and TV interviews and through her podcast, The Dating Advice Girl Podcast.
Fiona Riley is a contemporary lesbian romance writer that lives in Boston and probably talks too fast. She likes to write strong, sexy, independent, and confident female leads that have a silver tongue and Olympic-like levels of stamina. During a podcast this year, a reader referred to Fiona Riley as the “Queen of Steam” and she couldn’t think of a better compliment. When she’s not writing her brand of high heat romance, she’s probably bingeing on Youtube videos.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Georgia Beers is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to say that she’s shaped that personality quirk into an awesome career of writing lesbian romance novels. A lover of dogs, TV, good wine and sharp cheese, this is her second time at Clexacon. Her latest novel, Flavor of the Month, releases April 14.
Greetje Den Holder
Greetje den Holder is a blogger and vlogger for Meemoeder.com. The Dutch version of this website focuses on lesbian parenting in the Netherlands. The international version of this website focuses on lgbt+ representation in film, TV series, and webseries. On her YouTube channel, Greetje visit international lgbt+ media events, where she vlogs and interviews actors and filmmakers of queer projects.
Isaac is a New York based costume and props craftsperson. They are currently working as a stitcher at Moulin Rouge! and Beetlejuice on Broadway and as a dresser at New York Theatre Workshop. As a deaf, HIV+, and non binary person, Isaac is a fierce advocate for transgender and non binary as well as disabled rights and representation in sports and media.
Foley is an artist and writer based out of Portland, Oregon. They have created fan art as well as original comics and works of fiction. They are also a skilled draftsperson and woodworker and have built/designed everything from photography environments and theatre sets, to escape rooms and custom furniture.
You can see their portfolio, read comics, and buy their art at foleypdx.com.
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 Clexacon and San Diego Comic Con. 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” (Worldwide Film Entertainment), and the shorts “Deprivation”, “Dark Hole”, and “POV: In the Shadows”. She was editor on “Season of Love”, and Cinematographer/Editor for “The Bra Mitzvah” and “Passage”. Her next feature film is a female werewolf movie.
Jaime Clevenger writes erotica, romance and fantasy. She’s a closet romantic who loves angst and drama. When not writing lesbian fiction, she works as a veterinarian in Colorado.
Jamee Thompson is a voice actor based in the foothills of North Carolina. Her 60% Spicy/40% Sweet voice can be heard on radio, television, audiobooks, and more. She lives a loud life in a quiet town with her wife, 2 elderly chihuahuas and a rowdy kitten named Douglas.
James Holbrook is currently getting their Master’s in Theatre History and Criticism. Their focus is theatre as a way to tell queer stories and create queer community. They are excited to be a panelist for Clexacon and participate in the growing conversation about queer representation.
Jane C. Esther
Jane C. Esther is the author of The Universe Between Us, Uninvited, and the forthcoming Convergence, published by Bold Strokes Books. She was named by The Advocate as one of 2018’s Icons, Innovators and Disruptors and writes about love in the uncertain future. She lives with her wife and cats near Boston.
Actor, stunt director, performer and martial artist. International wushu champion and 3 time National gold medallist. Based out of Bay Area. Aspiring, wannabe professional Actor and Director.
JD Glass is an executive producer/writer (along with Kevin Fox) for the TV series Punk Like Me with OUT-TV, based on her Lambda Literary Award (Literature) and ALA (Stonewall) finalist novel Punk Like Me. Glass is a contributing editor and writer for GO Magazine, with articles published in The Advocate, Reverb, and After Ellen. Having written for several games, Glass is also the author Punk And Zen (Part 1 and Part 2), Lambda Literary Award and Ben Franklin Award finalist Red Light, American Goth, and a host of others (including Nocturnes, Glass Lions, and Drawn Together).
Jessica Fairbairn is a detail oriented lawyer who works hard to find practical solutions to her clients’ labour and employment issues. She has expertise on both sides of the border, as she currently practices law at a boutique firm in Vancouver, British Columbia, but prior to moving to Vancouver she practiced law at a large international firm in San Francisco, California. Jessica’s practice includes advising and representing employers in the film and television industry in British Columbia on various workplace issues, including labour grievances, employment standards, workplace investigations, collective agreement negotiations and interpretation, and human rights.
Jess Harris-DiStefano is a writer, producer, and currently the Head of Creative Programming at YouTube Space LA. She holds a BFA in Writing for Television and Film from the school of Cinematic Arts at USC and is an outspoken advocate for positive LGBTQ+ representation in all forms of media.
Jillian Nusbaum is the cohost of Podcast 13. She studied film and television at Arizona State University, and has worked for several award-winning shows and organizations, which include Zucker Productions and Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. She currently works in descriptive media services making television and films accessible for visually impaired people.
Jorie Burgos is an Actor/Producer, Stylist, Costumer, Set Decorator, and Bilingual Casting Associate from Puerto Rico. She considers herself a very involved ally to the LGBTQ+ community in the Los Angeles area in all aspects of Production and Marketing.
With the release of The Last First Kiss in 2020, Julie Cannon has authored twenty romance novels. five short stories and two novellas in her thirteen year writing career. She’s a two-time Lambda Literary Society finalist for Best Lesbian Romance and multi-year finalist and winner of Best lesbian Romance with the Golden Crown Literary Society. JulieCannon.com
June Kim’s first graphic novel, 12 days was nominated for the Stonewall book awards. After completing Girltrash!, a collaboration with filmmaker Angela Robinson, she self-published two nonfiction food comic series Sporks! and Egg Show.
When not working on her comics, June works as a commercial illustrator and teaches cartooning at School of Visual Arts. In her free time, she stares at other people’s dogs in Fort Greene Park with her partner.
Working as a mild-mannered grocer, Justin “J” Miller is a small time independent comic book creator, featuring characters from all walks of life in humorous or ridiculous ways. Most recently known in social media for lots of SuperCorp fan comics, J Miller is the sole creator of Dark Dank and Dreary, an LGBT-friendly horror/comedy comic book.
Mistress Justine Cross is a professional BDSM consultant and lifestyle Dominatrix based in Los Angeles. She is the owner of both Dungeon East and Dungeon West, Los Angeles’s premiere dungeon studios, which have been used for high-profile photo and video shoots.
Kalia is a mom, historian, and college educator. She’s a certified Trekkie and Whovian, as well as a fan of Octavia Butler and Nnedi Okorafor. She plays Moon, a Earth Genasi Warlock with the Dicey Amazons, who, like Kalia loves to read and research… and avoid people.
Kacey is a workplace lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia who advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. She is experienced in handling grievances, wrongful dismissals, human rights complaints, and workplace harassment, and has worked with the film and television industry in Vancouver for over 15 years.
Kaleen is a LGBTQ+ Actress and storyteller based in Los Angeles. When she is not acting or training, you can find her at the local rock gym climbing with her wife, or crushing snacks while binge watching Netflix on the couch.
Kandi is an educator, graphic designer, and the owner/producer of Dicey Amazons Productions based in San Antonio. She is also the Dungeon Master of the “Dicey Amazons” Dungeons & Dragons podcast on YouTube. She is an avid gamer of table top games and video games. Her goal is to bring more LGBTQIA+, POC, and women creators and participants into nerdy pursuits to foster collaborative storytelling and creativity with diverse voices.
I am facsinated with diversity and representation. My day job is to develop this in the workplace. Outside of work I get to look at how well this is done with two of my most favorite subjects – queer women and TV and film. I love geeking out watching all things queer and talking to others who are equally as passionate.
After moving to the Bay Area to study for an MFA in Animation and VFX, I started working as a freelance filmmaker in 2017. Whether I’m the editor, a producer, compositor, Scripty, AC or B cam, I love making movies. I prefer editing narrative stories and find it incredibly fulfilling to hear an audience enjoy my projects.
Hello hello! Katie is a born again nerd person who is always trying to expand her imagination! She loves all things anime, games and drag!
I’m one half of lesfic author Elizabeth Andre as well as an enthusiastic home baker/cook, amateur pianist and judo player. I enjoy long walks near the beach. I’m a former newspaper reporter. For 2020, I’ve resurrected my long dormant motto: Be bold with bananas.
KC Richardson is a Physical Therapist Assistant by day and a lesfic author by night. She publishes with Bold Strokes Books, and it has become a dream come true. She loves coming up with new characters and sharing their stories.
Kelli Trapnell is a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work, which is hard to pin down, but probably most aptly described as queer feminist literary horror, has recently been featured in Gigantic Sequins, Paper Darts, Motherboard, and on the Tales to Terrify podcast. Her personal essay, “Bisexual Starter Pack,” is forthcoming in a very cool book called “Welcome to Kweendom: LGBTQ Comedians Sound Off on Love, Life, and Seeing Things Queerly.” She has worked for The New Yorker and is currently a regular script writer for Frederator Networks. She lives in New Mexico, where she is working on a novel.
Kelly Haas wrote poetry and wrangled costumes for theater in college while figuring out her bisexuality. She currently writes literary fiction, historical novels, and screenplays.
Kelly is a Los Angeles based Field Producer/Producer, primarily of reality television. The Bra Mitzvah is her first adventure in the world of narrative film. She’s absolutely caught the bug!
Kimberly Cooper Griffin
Kimberly Cooper Griffin, a Foreword Book of the Year award winner, lives in Denver with her wife and daughters where they enjoy the outdoors, the company of their two cats and two dogs, and hanging out with friends and family. Her romance novels explore the complexities of building relationships and finding balance when life has a tendency to get in the way.
Kirsten (she/her) is a NYC-based theatrical stage manager. She primarily works off-Broadway on new musicals. Her favorite credit was operating the flying automation on a Peter Pan adaptation with a 70 year-old in the title role.
Award winning author Kris Bryant writes contemporary lesbian romance for Bold Strokes Books. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys photography, reading, and binge-watching movies and shows including Wynonna Earp, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Killing Eve, and Star Wars. She is currently working on her twelfth novel, Scent, and her second Christmas novella.
Kris Dresen is a writer and illustrator whose comic career began as the co-creator and illustrator of the Xeric-awarded and Eisner-nominated comic Manya, followed-up with her acclaimed comic strip Max & Lily about gay best friends. Other comics work includes the graphic novels Grace and She Said, and her career-spanning collection, Her Curve. Her work can also be found in the Lambda Literary Award-winning No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics and Robert Kirby’s QU33R anthology. Kris has left comics behind and moved firmly into illustration—working on several different titles—and food portraiture.
Latina Director/Writer/Actor from Miami, Florida. Kristina has written and directed a couple of original web series and was awarded best actress for her starring role in the award winning series, Rational Creatures by the Asia Web Awards. She plays the lead in her latest project, the LGBTQ+ series, Out in Love. The pilot was written and directed by KP and is based on her queer journey.
Laura Madalinski spent her childhood in West Virginia where she was queer before she knew it had a name. She got her start in independent film as an assistant editor on the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary We Live In Public. Since then, she has edited two narrative feature films, a historical documentary for television, and provided color correction for a number of web series. She wrote her directorial debut 2 in the Bush: A Love Story with her partner Kelly Haas. 2 in the Bush won the Audience Award at the ClexaCon Film Festival last year and is now available on VOD through it’s distributor Comedy Dynamics.
Laurel is one of the co-hosts of Very Gay, Very Ladylike the podcast. Project manager by day and opinionated, queer, feminist at all times, she brings a background in sociology and theory to her podcast and this convention. Pronouns: She/her/hers
Dr. Chapple-Love earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2018. As the current Diversity Committee Chair of the Nevada Psychological Association she encourages the consideration of diversity, equity, and inclusion as an advocate in the field of psychology. Her research has primarily focused on sexual health in BDSM and Kink communities and interpersonal violence.
Lauren Flans is an actor, writer, and podcaster from Los Angeles. She is best known for co-hosting the LGBTQ+ podcast “Coming Out with Lauren & Nicole” (Coming Out Pod) alongside Nicole Pacent of “Anyone But Me.” Lauren was also a series regular on “Wild ‘N Out” and “Another Period,” and stars as Tegan in the upcoming series “Butch Pal for the Straight Gal,” featuring Dot-Marie Jones and Mandahla Rose.
After working in indie film for over a decade, Lisa Tom has honed the skills and technical knowledge to create projects that look impressive without breaking the bank. Between working as a Gaffer and Director of Photography, Lisa has worked on a dozen features, 2 dozen music videos, a dozen web series, 3 dozen short films, and a handful of TV shows.
Lily Richards is a Los Angeles based actress, writer, and director. She is the writer, director, and star of the hit web series “Twenty”. With two seasons available on YouTube, Twenty has received a Streamy Award nomination for Best Indie Series, over 60,000 subscribers, more than 9 million views, and mentions in Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety. Lily can also be seen playing Candace in “Season of Love”, voicing The Tattered Woman on The Far Meridian, and co starring as Maggie in “Honor”.
Lynn Ames is the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of fifteen novels. She writes romances, thrillers, historical fiction, and romantic comedy. At present, she is working on the official biography of Dot Wilkinson, the greatest catcher ever to play women’s softball. In previous professional incarnations, Lynn was an award-winning broadcast journalist, press secretary to the Senate Minority Leader in New York State, and spokesperson for the nation’s third-largest prison system, in addition to being a nationally recognized expert and speaker on branding and crisis communications.
Maggie Cummings is the author of six novels with Bold Strokes Books. She works full time as a cop in New York City and spends her spare time writing. She lives in Staten Island, NY with her wife and their two children.
Maggie Keenan-Bolger is the co-founder of Honest Accomplice Theatre (HAT), a New York-based theatre and media company producing art for social change from the perspective of cis-women and trans people (honestaccomplice.org). HAT currently tours with shows about gender and sexuality and created the free educational webseries, The Trans Literacy Project. Maggie tours the country as a performer, sex educator and teaching artist and was recognized by the White House when she was appointed an LGBT Leader of the Next Generation by former Vice President, Joe Biden. A two-time Point Foundation scholar, Maggie was named a “Person to Watch” in the Advocate and can also been seen on The Good Wife with Julianna Margulies and in the movie Admission with Tina Fey.
Mariah Hanson has produced the world famous Dinah Shore Weekend for over 30 years. One of the longest running festivals of any kind, it continues to break barriers and increase visibility for women through the platform of a women centric music and event festival. At The Dinah, women are seen, heard, valued and encouraged through inspiring experiences and performances to live life on their own terms, and by their own rules.
Marina Rice Bader
Marina Rice Bader founded Soul Kiss Films in 2009, an independent company dedicated to producing compelling narrative features with a unique focus on the female experience. She executive produced Elena Undone and A Perfect Ending then went on to write/direct/produce Anatomy of a Love Seen, Raven’s Touch and Ava’s Impossible Things. Marina is currently developing Alien Jane at the Shangri-La, a futuristic film with an all-female cast, American Ryder, a female-driven action film, and is in active preproduction for Aubrey Goes Down, the story of just how far one woman will go to keep her dreams alive. All three projects are under the banner of her new production company Play Big Pictures, producing bold universal stories told through a female lens. Marina also proudly serves on the board of directors for OUTFEST, a year-round organization dedicated to protecting, nurturing and showcasing LGBTQ moving images.
Mary Burns, a new Bold Strokes Books author, resides in New York City with her wife of 19 years. She traded in a career as an Executive Assistant for that of author after breaking a 20-year writer’s block. Her recent erotica short story can be found in Cleis Press’s Best Lesbian Erotica v4 edited by Sinclair Sexsmith and under the pseudonym Catherine Collinsworth. She can be contacted at [email protected]
Melissa Brayden is the multi award winning author of sixteen published romance novels and enjoying the ride. She’s a dedicated storyteller, having studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon as well as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Though she now writes full time, much of it is spent on coffee, wine, donuts, and staring off into space. Kissing scenes remain her favorite.
Michela Fiorido is a lawyer with Western Canada’s largest management-side employment and labour law firm. She practices within the entertainment and performing arts sectors on a range of commercial, contractual, privacy and labour issues. She also delivers diversity and respectful workplace training to the cast and crew of many of the productions being filmed in Vancouver, BC.
Miranda Butler has completed her exams for a Ph.D. in Victorian Studies from the University of California, Riverside. She is currently a professor of LGBT+ Literature at Moreno Valley College, and has also taught Science Fiction Film and Television at California State University, Los Angeles.
Morgan Spatola is a multi-creative artist from Phoenix, AZ. She is passionate about podcasting, sex education for adults, and using the power of language to create safe and accessible communities. Morgan is currently one half of The Broads and The Bees, a show about sex and sexuality, and the Communications Media manager for The Scavengers Network.
Nadia is a podcaster, musician, and general creator of things from Philadelphia, PA. She’s writing this in the third person because it seems professional, which should give you a good sense about the kind of person she is. This will be her second time attending Clexacon.
Nell Stark is an award-winning author of lesbian romance, published by Bold Strokes Books. Her 2010 novel everafter (with Trinity Tam) won a Golden Crown Literary Award for paranormal romance. In 2013, The Princess Affair was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her most recent novel, The Princess Deception, came out in 2018.
Nicole Conn has achieved world-wide industry recognition with her films, cult classic Claire of the Moon, Elena Undone, (which boasts the LONGEST KISS IN CINEMA HISTORY) A Perfect Ending and little man. Winner of many film awards, she was was a finalist in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.
She has currently finished her eighth film, More Beautiful for Having Been Broken, inspired by her son, Nicholas, who is very special needs and her daughter, Gabrielle, who makes her film debut in what LesFlicks describes as a “heart-breakingly beautiful love story.” She is also finalizing her epic tome, Descending Thirds, which is in development for the big screen.
Nicole is a lifelong storyteller who loves exploring the hidden corners of the human experience. She writes novels that dive into the emotional, the uncomfortable, and the unseen. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she is a collector of jobs and hobbies that inspire her writing. She has worked as a 911 operator, police dispatcher, and martial arts instructor.
Nicole De Meneses
My name is Nicole De Meneses, I’m a freelance Writer, Director, Producer. I’m the founder of Barebones Pictures. Barebones Pictures is an independent production company in the Bay Area. We make genre films with social commentary on micro budgets. We are currently working on the lesbian paranormal thriller “The Ghost of Stow Lake”.
Perrie Voss is an actor, writer, producer, and film editor. She is the co-creator of ‘Avocado Toast the Series’ – Season 1 is set to launch June 2020 on OUTtvGo.
Rachel is the author of multiple queer & trans young adult novels, including the award-winning Being Emily—the first young adult novel to tell the story of a trans girl from her perspective. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Macalester College and teaches classes (that are also games) for teens at the Loft Literary Center. Rachel is a nonbinary lesbian, all around geek and avid gamer. For more information visit: www.rachelgold.com.
QueerUK is Rachel and Kate and we provide queer content by and from the LGBT community in the UK.
Self-confessed geeks we love all things queer. We both work on Equality and Diversity in the UK in a range of settings including the Criminal Justice system and Politics.
Rachael Rose (she/her) is a chronically ill/disabled sexuality coach & educator, a graphic designer. Her work focuses on an inclusive, sex-positive, and pleasure-focused approach to sex education, sexual health, and the intersections of chronic illness, disability, and sex. In addition to presenting about sexuality nationally and internationally, she’s been featured in media such as Teen Vogue, Bustle, and Sexual Health Magazine, and is the creator of the award-winning sexuality blog Hedonish.com and the co-creator of Glittergasm Events, a Philadelphia-based event company that hosts inclusive and accessible queer sex-positive play parties.
You can learn more about Rachael Rose’s sex education work and view her coaching offerings at Hedonish.com, or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @hedonish. To learn more about Glittergasm Events’ queer play parties, or to bring her events to your town, visit glittergasmevents.com, and you can learn more about her graphic design work at geneticlemon.com
Author Rachel Spangler is the Goldie, IPPY, and Alice B award-winning author of sixteen lesbian romance novels, including the Lambda finalists, Heart of the Game, Perfect Pairing, Close to Home, and In Development. She lives with her wife and son in Western New York, where she always makes time for a good romance, whether she’s reading it, writing it, or living it.
Radclyffe is the multi-award winning author of over 60 lesbian romance novels and as many short stories. Her latest romance, Love on the Night Shift, is another of her popular medical romances featuring sexy, passionate women discovering love in the fast-paced world of the ER and first responders. She is also the founder and president of Bold Strokes Books Inc, one of the world’s largest independent queer publishers.
Rae D. Magdon
Rae D. Magdon is a writer of queer speculative fiction. Having published 11 novels and over 300 works of fanfiction, she cares deeply about including trans people and PoC in her work. Her queer cyberpunk novel, Lucky 7, received the 2019 Golden Crown Literary Award and the 2019 Rainbow Award for Science Fiction.
Raissa Reis (Hi-ee-sa Heys) is a gender fluid lesbian based in Los Angeles. She currently works in LGBTQ+ media while simultaneously pursuing her own creative projects that draw on her experiences as a queer Latinx person. Her goal is to connect with people over art that elevates marginalized voices. Current favorite ships are: Cazzie (Atypical) and Rules (Euphoria).
Santos is a Professional Stand-Up Comedian/Writer/Actress whose self written and produced 1 Hour Special was picked up by AmazonPRIME in October of 2019. Her self starting persistently patient approach to her career inspires other queer artists to get out their and find their own platform. She is reflective in her comedy as she has endured personal tragedy, like family drama, pregnancy and sobriety, and shares her experience through a liberal, lesbian lens, with nuance, passion, intelligence and forthright humor. The comedian has lived a full life and isn’t afraid to relay it in bold, proud, salty, vibrant, meticulous detail. Renée Santos is playful to the punch, sarcastic to the swerve, funny to the core and impactful to the soul.
Robin Lowey, author of Game Changers, Lesbians You Should Know About is the founder of Epochalips: Smart Lesbian Commentary and has been Editor in Chief since 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Advocate, Pride.com, Lesbian.com, Epochalips, and More magazines. As member of the LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, she is invited into the local high schools to help dispel myths about LGBTQ people. Robin is honored in Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love issue, is a featured speaker at Talks at Google and the Michele Meow Show on The CW network. Robin’s work on Game Changers was covered on CBS news during a Pride Coverage Special Report in June.
Robyn lives in England but enjoys traveling the world in search of inspiration. She loves to create complex characters to weave into stories that remind us of the darker side of human nature in the hope that we might cultivate the light.
Royal Tee is the fierce femme queer bombshell delivering high energy, theatrical burlesque to audiences in her hometown of Atlanta, GA and beyond. She is the producer of The Royal Tease Experience, creative director and co-producer of Roxie Roz Burlesque, and a community collaborator with multiple art mediums in ATL. Royal is an instructor at The Atlanta School of Burlesque and is a member of the Artistic Family at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. She recently had the pleasure of performing as a soloist and with The Candybox Revue at The 2nd Annual Savannah Burlesque Festival. Welcome to the regal realm of sublime seduction and prepare to be Royally Teased!
Sandy Lowe has a master’s degree in publishing from the University of Sydney, Australia, and is the senior editor at Bold Strokes Books. Party of Three is her first novel.
Sara is passionate about storytelling and why it matters to us. Big fan of human connection and burgeoning editor of media analysis videos.
Sara Mota is a Mexican investigator that has a Major on Communication and Digital Media, during her career she focuses on Media Representation. Now she is writing an investigation thesis about Latinx Queer Representation in Media and the impact of Telenovelas.
She is also part of a Podcast called “Rolas sin Roles”
Sarah Kennedy has been called a “rising star in the NYC comedy scene” by Backstage Magazine. She’s been featured on MTV, The Today Show, SiriusXM and has written for The Advocate, Reductress, and Laughspin. She is a decades long fan of Xena Warrior Princess, a fierce Faberry supporter, and one half of the hosting duo for the Taydar podcast — dedicated to looking at Taylor Swift’s art and career through a queer lens.
Sarah Grace Wright
Sarah Grace Wright is a Voice Over Artist and Actress. She recently appeared on Disney Jr’s The Lion Guard and in the video game Rage 2. Her commercial clients range from Lexus and Kia, to AT&T, Milo’s Kitchen and Mattel. She also owns a recording studio, GraceWright Productions, which specializes in full-service audiobook production and you can find several of her titles on Audible. She is repped by WME.
Sheri Lewis Wohl
Vampires and witches and werewolves oh my! Such are the books written by Sheri Lewis Wohl.
Shibden After Dark: Mary Schwartz and Leanne Mertzman
Mary and Leanne met through Tumblr and started a podcast called Shibden After Dark so they could squeal about Gentleman Jack with each other. What happened from there was truly magical: a community of people sprung up and since then they have been loving, supporting, counseling, and helping each other through everything from dating to family issues and coming out. Now, Mary and Leanne want to share that community with as many people as they can, using their podcast and platform to reach as many LGBTQ+ people as possible and to share with them the importance of representation in media and the power of bringing people together.
Sierra Schepmann is a lesbian writer, filmmaker, actress and photographer living in Los Angeles. She is currently working on new scripts, a book of poetry, a children’s book, a queer podcast, and her super gay Etsy. You can check out her next film project at GiantLesbian.com or follow her on Instagram @sierraschepmann, @giantlesbian, and @butchpleaseshop. If you’re a filmmaker, please let her audition for your lesbian roles!
Spencer is a 26 year old non binary Actor, Activist, and Content Creator who runs a webseries on YouTube called Representation Matters. With extensive knowledge on queer networking both personal and professional, they join ClexaCon this 2020 year to share experience regarding QueerBaiting in the media, and how it’s affected them and those in the LGBTQ community.
Stacy Jill Calvert
Stacy Jill Calvert is a Writer, Director and Producer for film and television. Her work focuses on themes of family and identity. Her latest short film, “The Bra Mitzvah” will be screening at festivals in 2020. Stacy is also the Director of Programming for the ClexaCon Film Festival.
Stevie Boebi makes queer, educational, and sex- positive videos about sex, dating, and relationships. Stevie is the most well-known queer sex educator with a social reach of over one million; views totaling over 50 million.
Dr. Collins is a licensed psychologist practicing in the areas of forensic psychology and neuropsychology. Her work with the LGBTQIA++ community includes specialized training in incorporating religion into mental health treatment (e.g., maintaining mental well-being when religious convictions are a source of conflict with personal identity). She is particularly interested in how the field of psychology can contribute to the mental health of individuals undergoing or considering gender transition.
Terrence is one half of Well Well Villanelle: A Killing Eve Podcast, and known to jaunt about sharing his undying passion for Villaneve with all those within earshot. His first year at ClexaCon, he hope to soak in the good vibes. Fun fact: if granted a single wish he would hope to be killed by a woman.
Tina Kakadelis is the self-published author of The Carly Allen Trilogy. She has written for Simon & Schuster’s blog, National Novel Writing Month’s annual anthology, and a variety of other online sites. At any given moment, she’s probably listening to ‘80s power ballads with her adopted dog, Frankie.
Unika is a software engineer with more hobbies than time to enjoy them. She has a passion for robotics, astronomy and her 7 year old basset hound. Unika plays as a Yuan-ti pureblood monk. Where her royal pedigree and bad luck rolls make for interesting battles.
Valerie Rose Lohman
Valerie Rose Lohman is a Young Entertainer Award winning, BAFTA Nominated actress who came to prominence after playing Edith Finch in Annapurna Interactive’s critically acclaimed “What Remains of Edith Finch” (BAFTA Win – Best Game). As an established voiceover actress, she currently stars as Jess Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein: Youngblood from Bethesda. The game has gardnered much praise for Lohman and has solidified her place as a rising star of the Video Game World. She has appeared on numerous TV shows, most recently “Cousins for Life” and “Game Shakers” on Nickelodeon, the hit horror show “Threads” for @Go90, and on the comedy “The Text Committee” – Facebook Watch’s FIRST scripted series! When she’s not on set or behind the mic, you can find her letting her passion for storytelling and imagination run wild as she delves deep into a good book, or as she runs amok at Disneyland with her girlfriend.
Veronica Garza is a stand up comedian currently living in Brooklyn. Her credits include MTV, Sirius XM, NPR, and TMZ.
Victoria Stagg Elliott
Victoria Stagg Elliott writes and successfully self-publishes diverse lesbian fiction with her wife under the pen name Elizabeth Andre. This fiction has won several awards including a Goldie from the Golden Crown Literary Society. A former journalist with a degree in international journalism from City University in London, she has written for the Cambodia Daily, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Star, the National Enquirer, New Moon Magazine, Diva, Gay Times, the Chicago Tribune, and American Medical News.
Victoria Villasenor is a long time development editor. She lives in England with her wife and loves exploring castles.
Wendy Jo Carlton
Wendy Jo Carlton directed her first feature, Hannah Free, starring Emmy-winner Sharon Gless, in 2009. Carlton wrote and directed her second feature, Jamie and Jessie are Not Together, said to be the first lesbian romance musical, which won Audience and Best Feature awards, with film critic Roger Ebert giving the film a glowing review. Her digital lesbian series, Easy Abby, has received over 50 million views.
Carlton was a recipient of the Navona Fellowship from the University of Illinois Chicago, where she earned a graduate degree in Moving Image. Carlton founded a filmmaking program for teen girls called Chicks make Flicks, and is committed to community collaboration.
Youstina is a podcaster, cat mother, and a Californian. In her spare time, she loves making Harry Potter references and watching horribly written tv shows for two seconds of lgbtq representation. She hopes to one day create good content that will properly represent people like her.