Continuing its commitment to lead the push for diversity, equality and inclusion of quality LGBTQ content in entertainment, ClexaCon is returning to Las Vegas for its fourth consecutive year.
Taking place April 16 – 19 at The Tropicana Hotel, ClexaCon – the largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ women, gender nonconforming individuals and allies – will celebrate the illustrious individuals who make the entertainment industry’s progressive and prolific LGBTQ community so powerful and diverse with a packed program of panels, meet and greets, celebrity autographs and photographs, and workshops from an elite community of LGBTQ game changers, industry taste makers, media influencers and actors.
LGBTQ representation continues to matter and more so now than ever before. This is why ClexaCon continues to provide educational resources for the community to aid in the push for better and equal representation. Its goal is to teach and motivate more LGBTQ individuals to participate in creating the stories that actually reflect America’s evolving cultural landscape.
According to the GLAAD 2019 report, LGBTQ representation in films is up, but still less diverse.
ClexaCon is hoping to actively be a pioneer in the movement to challenge the tropes and champion lesbian, bisexual and queer women and gender nonconforming individuals behind and in front of the camera. The event hopes to drive the conversation on how to move into and adapt to a more inclusive entertainment future.
“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,” said Danielle Jablonski, one of ClexaCon’s co-directors and producers.
Leading by example, ClexaCon’s core team is made up of a diverse group of LGBTQ people including queer, lesbian, bisexual, trans and non-binary team members. More than 50% of the featured guests and the vast majority of speakers at the convention identify as LGBTQ.
Some of this year’s key panels include topics on transgender representation, queer people of color representation, supporting LGBTQ content creators, and more.
ClexaCon 2020 has assembled an eclectic roster including L Word icons from the original series and from The L Word: Generation Q, with a reunion of original cast members Kate Moennig (The L Word, Ray Donavon), Leisha Hailey (The L Word) and Sarah Shahi (The L Word, Person of Interest) for the first time at a U.S. convention. Other guests include, Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Felicia Day (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, The Guild), Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13, Spartacus), Jes Macallan (Legends of Tomorrow), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Legends of Tomorrow), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Lyrika Ocano (Marvel’s Runaways), among many others.
Also new this year is the addition of a music showcase with several featured LGBTQ musicians, a cabaret event and Karaoke. These events join an already stacked schedule that includes a full film festival, a burlesque show, a pool party and late-night parties. ClexaCon will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from the annual event, Cocktails for a Change, to LGBTQ non-profits The Victory Fund Alliance and Project Q, as well as WIRES Australia.
For more information about ClexaCon, visit www.ClexaCon.com.
Note: 2020 ClexaCon has been rescheduled for August 2020.