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ClexaCon Las Vegas 2017

ClexaCon participantsA different kind of convention will be taking place at Ballys and Paris in Vegas in Las Vegas, NV. March 3 -5, ClexaCon will unite LGBTQ women to celebrate queer female characters and stories, connecting fans, celebrities, creators, panelists, journalists, and artists at a party so highly anticipated that VIP tickets sold out in two minutes.

Celebrating representations of LGBTQ women in all genres, the exciting ClexaCon line-up includes Lost Girl‘s Zoie Palmer (Lauren) and Rachel Skarsten (Tamsen); Wynonna Earp’s Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Waverly) and Katherine Barrell (Nicole); South of Nowhere‘s Gabrielle Christian (Spencer) and Mandy Musgrave (Ashley); All My Children’s Eden Riegel (Bianca) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Maggie); Saving Face‘s Lynn Chen (Vivian) and Michelle Krusiec (Wil); from The L Word and Skirtchasers, Elizabeth Keener; from Fringe and Suicide Kale, Jasika Nicole; from Bomb Girls and Lost Girl, Ali Liebert; and from Pariah and South of Nowhere, Aasha Davis.

ClexaCon is named in honor of Clarke and Lexa (‘Clexa’) from the CW’s The 100. When fan favorite Lexa was killed — the first example of the ‘Bury Your Gays‘ trope that year — members of the queer community responded by raising awareness about the trope.

“This has been a difficult year in terms of female LGBT+ representation on television,” says Ashley Arnold, one of the event planners of ClexaCon. “The idea for ClexaCon was to create an event for the community in which we can celebrate the characters and shows we love while providing a positive space to come together.”

The weekend event includes networking with filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals. The programming also includes panels, workshops, autograph sessions, and parties, like the Cocktail for a Change event on Saturday, March 4. Some of the panels and workshops include Bisexual Representation in Media, Creating an Original Web Series, Gender Diversity in Fandom, and Queer Women of Color Representation in the Media.

When asked about their goal for the convention, Arnold says: “We hope to be a place where creators can network and breathe life into characters and stories that represent the LGBT+ community in positive ways. And we hope that more LGBT+ women will be inspired to become active in media creation and supporting those who are creating positive media. We want ClexaCon to be a place where fans from around the world connect and form friendships.”

ClexaCon takes place March 3 – 5 in Las Vegas, NV. The weekend convention will be donating a portion of its proceeds to The Trevor Project, an organization committed to providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.clexacon.com.

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