Every day we spend hours watching our favourite TV shows, Netflix series or YouTube channels. Media is absorbing all of our time and we develop strong emotional bonds with characters. When Alison in Teen Wolf died (spoiler alert, sorry) I was an emotional mess because I became so attached to the character and relationship.
We all have that one series that talks to us personally. So when series, TV shows or films include LGBTQ+ members, you can guarantee our queer asses go crazy and we’re over the moon to see our identities represented. More recently, we’re seeing the entertainment industry include more and more LGBTQ+ roles and characters within films and shows, which is amazinggggg.
Within 2018, we’ve seen Love Simon, Queer Eye plus so many other shows and series that include LGBTQ+ characters. The year isn’t over and already I feel like we’ve seen an uproar in representation. But this hasn’t gone unnoticed, in 2017 GLAAD reported that 6.4% of characters expected to appear on broadcast scripted primetime programming identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer. The highest percentage ever recorded.
Do you know what that means? Our queerness is taking over! Well, not completely. But for the first time ever, asexual characters were recorded and the LGBTQ+ community has seen a dramatic increase in reoccurring characters… instead of just killing them off.
With more and more queer characters representing different sections of our ever-growing LGBTQ+ community, we are being shown in a variety of lights like never before. But, with everything, there has been a backlash of somewhat negativity. I’ve approached the topic before but I personally feel big media companies are jumping on the bandwagon.
You see, LGBTQ+ topics & characters have become a trend, a marketing scheme. I’ve come into contact with many TV shows now wanting to show LGBTQ+ members because they know they’ll get the views & exposure. It’s started to leak into brands using drag queens or LGBTQ+ “influencers” within their campaigns, to show they support diversity.
I can’t deny the fact that this exposure will and has loosened society’s views towards LGBTQ+ members. But to be used as a gimmick, it’s offending. I sometimes wish there was an area or event where like-minded people get together to discuss topics such as this & celebrate LGBTQ+ media.
Oh wait a minute, there is a place. If you haven’t heard of ClexaCon before, then you’re going to be as excited as us. We’ve recently discovered this amazing convention where LGBTQ+ members, actors, writers, filmmakers plus a variety of other professionals come together to empower women and LGBTQ+ representation.
Not only are we attending ClexaCon, we will be attending the event as press!! It’s incredibly humbling to be a part of this amazing event and we can’t wait to discuss a range of topics with amazing human beings. Because, did I forget to mention, there will be celebrity guests. Beautiful individuals such as Jamie Clayton from Sense 8, Briana Venskus from The Walking Dead and Mandahla Rose from Forever Maybe Not will all be attending plus so many more amazing names.
We’re going to ClexaCon!
I have a second special announcement, (I’m the gift that keeps on giving) we have an exclusive interview with the people behind ClexaCon. So, get a cuppa & sit down because what you’re going to read will blow your mind.
1. For those who haven’t heard of ClexaCon before, what is it and why should they go?
2. Where did the motivation to make a difference in LGBTQ+ media develop from?
ClexaCon was inspired by and created for fans. 2016 saw an unprecedented number of female LGBTQ characters killed off in TV shows. One of the most publicised was the death of the fan-favorite character, Lexa, from the CW’s The 100. The convention was named in honour of the on-screen relationship between Clarke and Lexa (‘Clexa’). For the first time, we saw media consumers demand better representation on an organised scale. It was amazing.
The death of so many female LGBTQ characters and the attention that fans were able to bring to the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope led us to create an event that celebrates the characters we love and allows fans to come together from around the world to celebrate our favourite stories from TV and film.
3. What has been the response to ClexaCon so far?
The response has been incredible. ClexaCon started out as a way to bring fans together to celebrate positive representation but as the idea grew and we got input from fans and creators we realized we had the opportunity to create an event that had a bigger impact. Our aim is to create a haven for LGBTQ women to come together as a community and enjoy a full festival of LGBTQ-centric fun.
It’s always inspiring to see so many people from so many parts of the world come to a ClexaCon event, to be a part of a community that we’ve created. Our event in April 2018 had attendees from 43 countries and 49 U.S. states. Seeing people meet new friends and make new connections is truly a wonderful experience.
We were also excited to see attendees who had met at the 2017 event return in 2018 with new content and projects that they were inspired to create after 2017. A number of people met at our first event and have since gone on to create their short films and web series together!
4. How does it feel to be launching ClexaCon in the UK, London?
What you need to take away from this blog post is this: ClexaCon is awesome. Aside from that, we are making leaps and bounds forward in media, society, politics & so on. In our world sadly we will always be faced with negativity and bad vibes, but we don’t have to let it affect us.
Places like ClexaCon & other LGBTQ+ events are special to the growth of the community. Because in large numbers, we are strong & can make a bigger impact.
Peace out xo
Owner / Blogger
Events such as ClexaCon are so important to society & the progression in women and LGBTQ+ rights. To attend the event and witness this ever-growing shift, I’m so excited to be a part of something much bigger than myself.