Check out our lineup of Panels, Workshops & Podcasts for ClexaCon 2021! And we’ll be adding more over the next few weeks!
Bi+ Representation in the Media
Despite bi+ people making up one of the largest portions of the LGBTQ community, bisexual representation is still rare in media. When bi+ characters do exist, they are often portrayed as mentally unstable, flighty, and unfaithful. These stereotypes are harmful to our community and the way in which we are treated by others in real life. 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.
Panelists: Kari Alison Hodge, Giovannie Espiritu, Evangeline Laveau, Jenna Brown
Moderator: Morgan Riedl
ClexaCon Collabs: How to Make Queer Content With Your New Best Friends
Every creator needs a producer, every writer an editor and every woman, a BFF. Clexacon is the perfect place to find your creative team and take your vision from paper to production. Two Queer women share their success story of how their Clexacon meet-cute developed into a strong creative partnership yielding a podcast, and the production of a pilot for their series, Out in Love. With tips on long distance pre-production, team building and nailing creative chemistry; learn how to take your new connections to the next level and build your own queer empire with a little help from your friends.
Panelists: Kristina Pupo, Elishia Constantine, Jorie Burgos
Creating Art in Uncertain Times
How do you create art during the world-wide pandemic if you are unable to film, rehearse or get on a stage? Listen to this group of creators about how they pivoted to new ways of storytelling during 2020.
Panelists: Hannah Liebreich, Jett Garrison, Kari Alison Hodge, Renee Santos, Taylor Gates
Directing Sex Scenes
Well done well, sex scenes can add alot to a story, but what does it take to actually film them? Join filmmakers in the business as they break down what it really takes to film a sex scene from the viewpoint of the actors and director
Panelists: Jaclyn Chessen, Jett Garrisson, Kari Alison Hodge, Kristina Pupo
The Flame the Musical
A Q and A and talkback with the creators and cast of The Flame the Musical
Panelists: Ellie Brigada, Caitlyn Clear, Valerie Lohman
From Chakrams to Subtext: The Legacy of Xena
The Legacy of Xena – In a time of heteronormativity on television, a queer community cried out for a hero. Xena was exactly that for a generation of lesbian, bi and queer women. Arriving at the dawn of the internet and a time of tremendous growth for the LGBTQ community, Xena changed the media landscape and created fan communities that still thrive today. Take a look back at the series, the subtext, the love, and the fandom that paved the way for many to come.
Panelists: Sarah-Caitlin Williford, Christy Fleck, Axel St. James, Camille (Queer 26), Jackie Monahan
Game Changers – How These Outliers Impacted Today’s Queer Culture
Join award-winning author, Robin Lowey (Lesbiangamechangers.com), Mariah Hanson (thedinah.com) promoter of The Dinah, and filmmaker Eliza Karlson (karlsonstudio.com) as they discuss Game Changers, a graphic-novel style history book and short-film series featuring queer heroes who made (and continue to make) a huge impact on today’s LGBTQ+ rights and culture. Learn about our history and enjoy a colorful and fun-filled presentation including trivia prizes and giveaways! The Lesbian Game Changers project provides books, short-films, talks, and educational resources that help queer youth and young adults understand how their own stories are shaped by the stories of the rebels, game changers, and history makers who came before them. Game Changers was named best LGBTQ book at the New Generation Indie Book awards.
Panelists: Mariah Hanson, Eliza Karlson
Moderator: Robin Lowey
How The Heck Do I Finish?
Are you a content creator with great ideas, but no finished product? We’re here to help! This panel of successful writers, artists, game designers, and directors will share all the tricks they used to finish their projects and release them into the world.
Panelists: Brianna Dym, Ellen Simpson, Morgan Riedl, Elishia K. Constantine, Lagueria Davis
Moderator: Rae Magdon
Inclusive Conversations in Storytelling
This is a discussion beyond simple representation and is regarding including ongoing queer and social justice issues in pop culture and storytelling. This is a deep look at queer representation, tropes, and diversity in pop culture media.
Panelists: Adelina Rodriguez, Annie Segarra, Rachel Siota, Sarah-Caitlin Williford
Kiana Madeira blew us all away in her role as Deena in the Netflix trilogy Fear Street and you probably also recognize her from her role on Trinkets. Join us as we talk to Kiana about her role as Deena, a badass heroine of color who is completely confident in her queerness and what’s up next for the rising star.
LatinX Representation in Media
While there has been a rise of stories featuring LatinX characters on film and television, the same tropes seem to still pop up over and over again. Meet these storytellers and listen to them discuss the ways they are using their work to create positive repsentations of their community.
Panelists: Geneva Faye, Kristina Pupo
The death of the character Lexa on The 100 was one of many queer female character deaths in the 2016-2017 season. Together they marked a turning point for LGBTQ+ fandom and finding a voice for our community to push back and demand better representation on TV. But the character of Lexa had arguably the largest impact, igniting a passionate fan base that led to the creation of ClexaCon as well as organizations like LGBT Fans Deserve Better and a massive fundraising push for the Trevor Project. Each year we look back at the legacy of Lexa and all that has been achieved since that episode.
Panelists: Caitlyn Clear, Camille Eaton, Jessica Mason, Lilly Brown
Join us to celebrate the actors who are loudly and proudly members of the LGBTQ community as they discuss their careers and the fears and realities of being queer and in the public spotlight. Hear about what it’s like to come out in the industry, how coming out and being out has affected the roles and opportunities that are available, what it’s like to portray a queer character as a queer person, and how they feel about the support of our community. Don’t miss this chance to hear from and support actresses at the forefront of LGBTQ visibility in the industry!
Panelists: Bethany Brown, Clarissa Thibeaux
Marginalization Where You Least Expect it: Navigating Issues in a Close Knit Community
We’ve all been in a place when or where we didn’t feel “Queer” or “Black” or “Latin” or anything enough to fit someone else’s perspective of what or who we should or should not be, but honestly, it’s not about someone else’s perspective. It’s about finding and owning our own. We would like to discus how do we approach this and come together as a community without shunning our fellow LGBTQIA+ POC family.
Panelists: Candida Valentina, Evangeline Laveau, La Reina, Adriana Luce, Nick Flair, Silver Kitsune, Clyf Hanger
Podcasting 201: The Next Steps
In Podcasting 201, the hosts of Lez Hang Out and other panelists will teach you about monetizing your podcast, putting on live shows and growing your audience. This is for the podcaster who’s already learned the audio basics and wants to learn how to fund and grow their show.
Panelists: Kristin Murison, Renee Santos, Jackie Monahan
Moderator: Ellie Brigida
Polyamory and Popular Media
Polyamory is drawing a lot of media attention these days, and consensual nonmonogamy is growing among the LGBTQAIU+ community. From comics like Kimchi Cuddles to films such as Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, poly creators and characters and their experiences are placed front and center. Join the panel for a rousing disussion of consensual nonmonogamy and its footprint on the popular imagination.
Panelists: Stephanie Sullivan, Samantha Stanek, Sonya Saturday
Moderator: Tara Madison Avery
QUEER BIPOC Representation in Media
While media coverage and on-screen portrayals of LGBTQ issues have improved substantially over the past few decades, representation for queer people of color, especially in non cis-men centered media, is still lagging far behind. 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.
Panelists: Camille Eaton, Elishia K. Constantine, Kristin Murison, Lagueria Davis
Queer Representation: The Psychological Impact of Seeing Ourselves in Media
Depictions of LGBTQIA2 individuals in media has many impacts, many of which positively affect our psychological wellbeing. Join our panel of Psychology experts to discuss how seeing ourselves depicted in stories has shaped our worldview.
Panelists: Lauren Chapple-Love, Dr. Tanisha Ranger, Dr. Christina Patterson, Precious Love-Chapple, Elizabeth Grace, Sunshine Collins
Queering the Documentary
Documentary films can range from political to personal and everywhere in between. Queer documentarians offer glimpses into varied aspects of queer life. They’ve brought us films like Queering the Script and Disclosure which discussed a need for more LGBTQ representation in the media and films that highlight community members and important allies like Circus of Books, Jewel’s Catch One, The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson. They also examine and report on political matters such as the film “8” and they bring us personal stories such as “Circus of Books”. Today’s speakers are among these trailblazers and we are thrilled to be able to speak with them today about their work.
Panelists: Geneva Faye, Lagueria Davis, Larin Sullivan
Trans & Non Binary Representation in Media
The impact of visibility in the media is undeniable. Perceptions are formed through what we see and hear. With diversity on screen beginning to rise, Trans representation is still battling to be given the equal footing it rightfully deserves. Shows such as Pose, Sense8 and Supergirl are leading the charge with Trans talent in roles in front and behind the camera. Join us as we discuss the impact these stories can have, share your favorite characters and debate what needs to be done to get better all round representation on screen for the Trans community.
Panelists: Sav Rodgers, Sonya Saturday, Christina Patterson, Riley Silverman
Moderator: Jett Garisson