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Warriors for Equal Representation Stream In to ClexaCon 2019

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2016 was a dreadful year for queer characters. Popular lesbian characters were being killed off, including Lexa of The 100. This sparked some major disappointment from fans who were really passionate about the show. A group of women vaulted to action, gathering to celebrate The 100 and show their support for “Clexa,” coined from lovers Lexa and Clarke. Danielle Jablonski, an experienced producer in media production, got on board after watching the impact this loss had on its fans. She was ready to take this idea to a whole other level.

“Others of us got involved and we created an event that was less about one show and more about celebrating all of the shows that were out there that do representation well.” said Danielle.

Danielle and her team strategized to create an event that would get the queer community working together to press for better representation in the media. It would also celebrate those who are currently producing queer content and doing it well. The idea expanded to include film, TV and social media writers, producers, directors, actors and audiences to create a space that would inspire discussion around how to get better representation onto the screen.

In 2017, its inaugural year, ClexaCon attracted 2,000 people, an amazing feat for a first-time event. The event doubled in size in 2018.  It became apparent how important this topic was to queer women, minorities and allies.

“An essential part of our mission was to get women into leadership positions in the industry where they could have power in programming decision making.  It’s the executives in Hollywood who decide what types of shows get funded, what storylines are written and produced, and they can deliver these diverse storylines and characters to audiences, or not.”

Third Annual ClexaCon This Week April 11th through 14th

Show Runner Emily Andras and Actors from Wynonna Earp

Returning this weekend for its third year, ClexaCon will celebrate the actors and creators of queer-themed shows, and bring them together with their supporters. The event this year will take place at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.

“It’s a creative space that brings women together to network where they can make industry connections. You never know where that next job will come from and it might just be from ClexaCon.”

“ClexaCon supports the women who are already doing this important work and celebrates their efforts in the battle for positive representation.”  

Danielle also makes it clear that the LGBTQ community and its allies need to show up to support the queer content that’s already out there.

“These are the people serving as a voice for the LGBTQ community.  Until we have women making the decisions about what programming should be funded and what stories get the go ahead, we won’t see massive change.”

Danielle believes the main reason shows with lesbian storylines get cancelled are that they don’t have a big enough following to validate putting the marketing dollars needed to promote them and keep the shows in production.  She says it’s more important than ever for women to produce the type of content that they want to see and get it out there.

Get the Word Out

This means using social media and developing content for social networking sites like YouTube and building support in the form of followers, friends, likes and engagement.  The more support and the bigger the following for a show on social media, the easier it is to attract the interest and get funding from bigger players in the industry.

“Nobody wants to wait to get their show optioned, audiences want queer shows, lesbian story lines and they want this content now,” says Danielle.
“As a response to this, more women need to produce this content themselves.”

For those who argue the lack of an audience for this type of content, Danielle says that, “Lesbians and other women who fall under the ‘queer’ umbrella do have lots of money to spend.  They also want to spend their money on things that they care about, and they show up for the things they care about, including queer spaces.  The trick is to get the rest of the world on board to care about this too.”

ClexaCon 2018

ClexaCon 2019 Featured Actors

This year ClexaCon is estimated to have over 5,000 participants. Fans will get the chance to mingle with their favorite actors including; Annie Briggs (Carmilla), Briana Venskus (Supergirl, The Walking Dead), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow), Chantal Thuy (Black Lightning), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Wynonna Earp), Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Elise Bauman (Carmilla), Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time), Jes Macallan (Legends of Tomorrow), Katherine Barrell (Wynonna Earp), Katrina Law (Arrow, Spartacus), Nafessa Williams (Black Lightening), and Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla), among others.

Danielle’s message to our readers

“There is an amazing network and community of queer women out there who want content and want to support this type of content, so tell your stories and make your content!”

ClexaCon
TROPICANA
LAS VEGAS, NV

​3801 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Click here for tickets and see the lineup up of actors and industry professionals who will attend.

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Visit the ClexaCon sponsor page to learn more about the small businesses supporting this event.

COMING SOON! Check back in this space for a list of the hot new
queer-centered shows to watch for in 2019.

Jen Baers is an entrepreneur, digital marketing strategist and champion of equality. She lives and works in West Hollywood, CA. You can find her at her business website: Studio10Online.com

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