This year we got the chance to attend Clexacon London, which is the first and largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ+ women and allies. Pretty cool right? It’s always pretty exciting going to events that are LGBTQ+ based, as you know it’s going to be a queer old time.
So when I make a bold statement that Clexacon is making history, you know I’m going to have some solid evidence behind it. There are many LGBTQ+ events, social groups as well as prides that are all doing amazing jobs in creating safe spaces. But, what we experienced at Clexacon has opened our eyes to this growing movement.
We attended the event as press, which meant we got to interview some amazing LGBTQ+ actresses and the directors of Clexacon. (Side note, there will be further posts & exclusive interviews coming soon) It was a surreal feeling being involved with something a lot bigger than ourselves.
The event was fuelled from the death of Lexa from The 100, who was an LGBTQ+ character in a mainstream drama. It’s a unfortunate pattern, but many LGBTQ+ characters get killed off and sadly The 100 fell victim to this trend. However, this death sparked outrage in the LGBTQ+ community & Clexacon was formed.
Clexacon is leading the way for lgbtq+ visibility
When speaking to the directors of Clexacon, something they said resonated with me. “We want people to learn how to create content, so we can have more visibility” and this is where we get into why Clexacon is making history. For years, LGBTQ+ media has been non-existent. We have characters in the past who hinted they’re queer, but the shift has only come in the last few years and more LGBTQ+ representation is being shown.
But here is an event ran by queer women teaching other queer women how to be visible in the media. I attended a panel called badass industry women.
This panel spoke about the power we have in our own voices & to never give up. Which may seem such a very simple and broad topic, but here’s why it spoke to me & all the other queer women in the room.
Being a woman, you’re already underestimated so when you add being queer into the mix, it just gets messy. Seeing queer women & allies in positions such as producers, head writers, leading actresses. It gives you that hope that you can achieve anything you want. I have never been in a room where someone has understood the struggles & validated mine and others voices in such a loving and caring way.
This panel, amongst others regarding mental health, bisexual representation, transgender visibility plus a variety of others, offered LGBTQ+ members to unlock their true potential.
From attending Clexacon we’ve been able to meet creators like ourselves. We’ve formed friendships, partnerships and even got to meet some of our followers via Unite UK. After one weekend, we feel part of a community whose sole purpose is to help & support other LGBTQ+ members across the globe.
But how is this making history for the lgbtq+ community?
Aside from the exposure LGBTQ+ actresses are getting, ignoring the empowerment it’s giving to queer women. Forget that it’s bringing members from all over the world to celebrate being fabulously queer. It’s finally giving the LGBTQ+ community a voice.
For years, all we needed was a place to have a voice & now we have it. There are many other LGBTQ+ events that promote the same qualities and maybe I’m biased. But the UK needed something like Clexacon to shine a light onto all the amazing talent that can be found in the LGBTQ+ community.
I’m sure in the future we’re going to see many other LGBTQ+ events pop up, fandoms or not. But it’s clear to me that events such as Clexacon will be leading the way for queer representation in the media & I can’t wait for next year already!
This isn’t a sponsored post, as I’m aware I’m bigging up a brand. But Clexacon has helped myself gain a new found confidence. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the world of all LGBTQ+ in the media.