Fourth Annual ClexaCon to bring together LGBTQ+ creators and fans in Vegas

A panel at ClexaCon 2019 (Photo courtesy ClexaCon)

Las Vegas will soon be the setting for ClexaCon, a huge
multi-fandom event celebrating LGBTQ+ women, gender nonconforming individuals and
allies who work to bring empowerment and diversity to the entertainment
industry’s progressive and prolific LGBTQ+ community.

Committed to leading the push for diversity, equality and
inclusion of quality LGBTQ+ content in entertainment, the convention is set to
hold its fourth annual installment (and its fourth consecutive in the Nevada city),
from April 16-19, at the Tropicana Hotel. It’s the largest multi-fandom event of
its kind, promising a program of panels, meet and greets, celebrity autographs
and photos, and workshops from elite LGBTQ+ “gamechangers, industry
tastemakers, media influencers and actors,” according to their press release.

ClexaCon is an event that hopes to bring together creators
and fans as it strives toward promoting better and equal LGBTQ+ representation
in the media, by providing resources to teach and motivate more LGBTQ+ individuals
to participate in creating narratives that accurately reflect the diversity of
American culture.

The festival’s creators hope to challenge the tropes about
lesbian, bisexual and queer women and gender nonconforming individuals, and use
ClexaCon to champion them behind and in front of the camera, by driving the
conversation on how to achieve a more inclusive industry.

Danielle Jablonski, one of ClexaCon’s co-directors and
producers, says, “We believe that it is vital to support and nurture LGBTQ+
women and non-binary creators so that they are able to write authentic stories
and push for better representation in all aspects of the entertainment industry
moving forward.”

More than 50% of the featured guests and speakers at this
year’s convention identify as LGBTQ+, and panels will focus on topics such as:

  • LGBTQ+ actors playing LGBTQ+ roles
  • transgender representation
  • bisexual representation
  • queer people of color representation
  • improving representation in front of and behind the camera
  • supporting LGBTQ+ content creators to tell our stories

They’ve also put together a roster of big ticket  participants that includes cast members from
both the original “L Word” and the rebooted “Generation Q,” as well as stars
from “Person of Interest,” “Buffy the Vanpire Slayer,” “Legends of Tomorrow,”
and Marvel’s “Runaways,” among many others. Some of the names include Kate
Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Sarah Shahi, Amy Acker, Amber Benson, Felicia Day,
Jaime Murray, Jes Macallan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Janet Varney, and Lyrika
Ocano.

This year’s edition also adds a music showcase with several
featured LGBTQ+ musicians, a cabaret event featuring LGBTQ+ performers, and
Karaoke, to go along with a full film festival, a burlesque show, and several
parties.

For more information about the schedule, lineup, and tickets, visit the ClexaCon website.

Published at Fri, 31 Jan 2020 04:39:24 +0000