An Unforgettable Weekend in Las Vegas, a ClexaCon Recap

It was fitting that ClexaCon would take place a year after the infamous episode 307. A year after a show decided that perpetuating the bury your gays trope was the best way to add shock value and ratings, a group of LGBTQ+ folks gathered in Las Vegas for a constructive and positive discussion of the issues surrounding this trend.


This past weekend felt like a great first step to talk about the importance of diversity and fair representation of LGBTQ+ women in the media. I have been an attendee and worked at cons before, and for a first-time convention, ClexaCon was amazingly organized (kudos to the staff). For the amount of attendees (2200+), the space itself was the perfect size. Other than a few meetups where people were a bit confused as to what was supposed to happen, all the panels I attended were fun, organized and filled with relevant opinions and conversations regarding fair and accurate LGBTQ+ representation.


The guests were all gracious and grateful for the loyalty of the LGBTQ community, and they gave the fans unforgettable memories (Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker acting a scene, written/imagined by Sarah herself, anyone?)


Also, shout out to Emily Andras, showrunner of SyFy's Wynonna Earp, who participated in panels asking questions and wanting to learn about the community and fans of the show.


Looking at ClexaCon 2018

1. Important conversations were started and it would be a shame if they were not continued. As many attendees were aware, Callie Torres herself, Sara Ramirez attended the con like many of us. This got me thinking about how great would it have been to get some Hispanic/Latina representation in the panels. Personally, I think that when characters are well-written, one can relate no matter what. But certain experiences are singular to certain communities and having diversity within our community can enrich our conversation.

2. Neither Eliza Taylor or Alycia Debnam Carey, were able to attend ClexaCon. This, however, did not have the impact I was expecting when measuring its success. While the convention is named after the now iconic couple, the mood of people who attended was positive and focused on the future, and not their absence. The first official panel, Lexa's Legacy, I think provided a collective closure for most of us (including a great fanvideo by foomatic21 shown at the end).

3. As ClexaCon came to a close all I could think about was the potential of a second year, as I am sure many others did. Based on this year's guests reactions it is fair to say many would come back. But part of having a successful convention is being able to learn, grow and perhaps try new things. Among the possible future guests, the following could provide the needed to boost to keep this con on the right track: Chyler Leigh and Floriana Lima, who play Alex Danvers and Maggie Sawyer on the CW's Supergirl; Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw from Grey's Anatomy; Before Carmilla, there was Anyone But Me, a webseries starring Rachael Hip-Flores and Nicole Pacent; And, last but not least, Caity Lotz from Legends of Tomorrow.

4. Carol (I don't think I need to elaborate on this point... except, how can we not have something with this iconic lesbian movie?! Screening, discussion, analysis, panel of movie critics discussing the film, a Waterloo themed photo booth, ANYTHING?!)

I am recovering from ClexaCon blues, as many of you probably are too, so feel free to send some suggestions of what you would love to see at next year's ClexaCon (because we know it totally needs to happen).

Mandy Musgrave, Gabrielle Christian and Aasha Davis (South of Nowhere)

Emily Andras, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, and
Katherine Barrell (Wynonna Earp)

Sarah Shahi, and Amy Acker (Person of Interest) 

More info about ClexaCon can be found here - https://www.clexacon.com/

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