Panels & Workshops

The panels and workshops scheduled for ClexaCon London

All About E

All About E

Panelists: Louise Wadley, Mandahla Rose, Jay Rutovitz
Moderator: Dana Piccoli

Who puts a plane, a dog, 57 characters, 38 locations, and a road trip into the Australian Outback in one independent lesbian feature? All About E is sexy, funny, rollicking Aussie crime film with strong lesbian characters and a rollercoaster plot that weaves in complex issues about identity, family and sexuality. Moderator Joanna Benecke takes Writer / Director Louise Wadley, Producer Jay Rutovitz and lead actress Mandahla Rose behind the scenes of their smash hit featured on US Netflix. San Francisco Chronicle called it “…the most feel-good movie, featuring laughs, suspense, a deliriously good sex scene, and a rousing finale” and prompted The Guardian to say it had “restored their faith in lesbian cinema”. Followed by audience Q & A with the filmmakers.

Bad Ass Women in the Industry

Bad Ass Women in the Industry

Panelists: Debbie Moon, Delyth Scudamore, Lisa Gifford, Caroline Mitchell
Moderator: Christin Baker

Come meet some awesome women who are making a living working in the British Television industry! Get insights on their journey and their jobs and how they broke into this industry and who knows— They might even share some cool Behind The Scenes stories! Featuring Debbie Moon (Wolfblood), Delyth Scudamore (EastEnders), Lisa Gifford (EastEnders), Caroline Mitchell (Emmerdale)

Best of Both Worlds: From Page to Screen and Back Again

Best of Both Worlds: From Page to Screen and Back Again

Panelists: Rachel Dax, Kiki Archer, Wollie Boehm
Moderator: Helen Scott

“The book is better than the movie.”

“No way! The movie was way better!”

The age old debate will continue for eternity. What is indisputable is that the leap from text to screen or vice versa is essential for LGBTQ+ visibility to reach a wider audience and hopefully open a new world of possibilities for Queer characters and representation.

Join Rachel Dax, Kiki Archer, Wollie Boehm (AKA Sam Skyborne), and Jade Winters as they discuss their journey as both published authors and filmmakers and how the two intersect. What it is like to see their characters come to life on screen and what they feel is the future of textual characters becoming screen icons.

Bisexual Representation in the Media

Bisexual Representation in the Media

Panelists: Mariya Shcherbinina, Marie-Diane Grouchka, Heidi Lynch, Nicole Pacent
Moderator: Phoebe Kemp

Despite making up a large portion of the LGBTQ community, individuals who identify as bisexual are rarely seen in media. When they are, they are often portrayed as mentally unstable, flighty, and unfaithful. These stereotypes are harmful to our community and the way in which we are treated by others in real life. Join us as we discuss the importance of improving bisexual representation and inclusion in television and film and celebrate the positive, well-rounded characters that we are starting to see.

Clairevoyant: Seeing into the future of Queer TV

Clairevoyant: Seeing into the future of Queer TV

Panelists: Natasha Negovanlis, Annie Briggs
Moderator: Dana Piccoli

You don’t need to have mystical powers to know that when Annie Briggs and Natasha Negovanlis perform together, magic happens. Former Carmilla castmates reunite in a new quirky, charming and queer series Clairevoyant. Annie and Natasha will open your minds and illuminate on how the show came to be and maybe a glimpse into the future of this hit new series.

Clexa Meetup

Clexa Meetup

Moderator: Ria Yap

Miss Clexa? You’re not alone! Come hang out with fellow Clexa lovers to reminisce and talk about how much you miss this iconic queer ship! Share fic recommendations, favorite fan artists, and more.

Directing Sex Scenes

Directing Sex Scenes

Panelists: Christin Baker, Shamim Sarif, Louise Wadley

When done well, sex scenes can add a lot to a story, but what does it take to actually film them? Is it as awkward as you’d think?! Join filmmakers in the business as they break down what it really takes to film a sex scene, from the viewpoint of the actors and the director.

Deaf and Disabled LGBTQ+ Representation

Deaf and Disabled LGBTQ+ Representation

Panelists: Amelia Cavallo, Joe Dunn
Moderator: Phoebe Kemp

Inspired by the panel of the same name at the Las Vegas counter part, this panel will discuss the representation – or lack of – disabled LGBTQ+ people in the media. The panel will discuss what positive representation there is, the barriers that disabled people in the creative industries face and what can be done to improve the situation.

Different for Girls

Different for Girls

Panelists: Jacquie Lawrence, Fizz Milton, Victoria Broom, Alicya Eyo, Helen Oakleigh
Moderator: Roxy Bourdillon

Different For Girls is the wildly popular book turned web series by Jacquie Lawrence chronicling lives, love, complications and betrayals of a fascinating group of queer women. Now a webseries, brought to fruition in part by fans through crowd funding, Different For Girls is reaching a new audience.

Writer/Producers Jacquie Lawrence and Fizz Milton, along with actresses Victoria Broom, Alicya Eyo, and Helen Oakleigh join us to tell us more about this dramatic and heartfelt story and discuss how crowdfunding is changing the face of queer media and bringing a well loved novel to the web series genre.

Fandom & Community

Fandom & Community

Panelists: Helen Alison, Erin Cook, Jess Williams, Hannah Berry

Discover how fandom can help bring people together and join the conversation as we discuss the joys of building an internet community, and how those communities help us heal and grow. Learn about finding or starting your own fandom community.

Hollstein

Hollstein

Panelists: Natasha Negovanlis, Elise Bauman
Moderator: Dana Piccoli

Gather round Creampuffs! Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis are reuniting once again on-stage for a Carmilla Reunion and will discuss their web series and movies alike.

I Can't Think Straight

I Can't Think Straight

Panelists: Shamim Sarif, Hanan Kattan, Sheetal Sheth

Join filmmakers Shamim Sarif and Hanan Kattan and actress Sheetal Sheth as they look back and discuss the filmmaking process of the award-winning lesbian classic I Can’t Think Straight. Based on Sarif’s autobiographical novel of the same name, the film follows the untimely attraction of two women who struggle to navigate their newfound feelings for each other and their prohibited desires as their cultures clash and families disapprove. The film has won multiple Best Feature and Audience Awards in several film festivals and is one of the most beloved lesbian films in its genre. The panel will also include an audience Q&A with the filmmakers.

I Have a Que(e)ry

I Have a Que(e)ry

Panelists: Kerry Rush, Han Deacon, Tobias Wolf, Moyo Amoo-Peters

Several non-binary and gender non-conforming academics and creatives, each bringing unique personal and professional experiences to the table, come together to explore where non-binary and gender non-conforming people fit within gendered, queer spaces. After a discussion of non-binary and gender non-conforming representation in popular culture, they will welcome respectful questions and comments from the audience.

Intro to iPhone Filmmaking

Intro to iPhone Filmmaking

Panelists: Dimple Devadas

Right now your phone is either in your hand or at your side. We capture elements of our lives every day into these little devices. What if you could turn those moments into pieces of filmmaking art?

Dimple Devades, the award winning creator behind the iPhone film “Silience in London”, will show you how to use your cell phones to cut together masterpieces that not only hold memories but capture the imagination for generations to come. Learn about the best app and techniques to make those clips more than just space on your memory card.

Please note: While you are able to participate in this panel using your phone’s stock camera app, it is highly recommended you download the app “Filmic Pro” which will provide higher quality shots and aid in learning the best way to capture usable footage.

Invisible Women: The Marginalization of the Female Identified Butch in Queer Media

Invisible Women: The Marginalization of the Female Identified Butch in Queer Media

Panelists: Jess Harris-DiStefano

Queer female characters in media are written and portrayed in a way that purposefully distances them from being ‘butch’ so they aren’t perceived as too masculine, or that they are ‘just trying to be men.’ This stems from and reinforces internalized “butch” phobia in the LGBTQ community. Female identified butch women are out there, but they are glaringly omitted from queer media. Common queer characters are more likely to be femme or trans than a female-identified masculine-presenting individual. This panel will discuss this controversial topic within current TV shows and movies with audience participation and shared experiences.

Jamie Clayton: Sensing the Need for Change

Jamie Clayton: Sensing the Need for Change

Panelists: Jamie Clayton
Moderator: Jess Harris-DiStefano

Jamie Clayton stars as global Hacktivist Nomi Marks in Netflix’s cult favorite Sense8. Off screen, Jamie is at the forefront of enlightening the world on better treatment and awareness for Transgender actors and actresses. Join her as she discusses her path into the industry, what is working and what needs to change for Transgender personalities in the media to have fair and equal treatment, while showing honest depictions of their stories.

Lexa's Legacy

Lexa's Legacy

Panelists: Helen Alison, Astrid Ohletz, Diana Calica, Mika Epstein, Shelbie Cohen
Moderator: Jess Kath

March 3rd, 2016. A devastating day that sparked a community of likeminded fans to find our voice together and a movement to demand positive LGBTQ+ representation was born.

The Lexa’s Legacy panel opened both the first and second ClexaCon with reflection on the immediate aftermath of that day and the incredible legacy it has left behind both in the fan community and on the media landscape. Here in London, members of LGBT Fans Deserve Better once again invite you to join us for a discussion and celebration with content creators around the enduring legacy of a character that has inspired the LGBTQ+ community to do and create extraordinary things. Our story is still far from over

LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: Representation Matters UK

LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: Representation Matters UK

Panelists: Nur Ben-Hamida, Lola Keeley, Mika Epstein, Kerry Rush, Danielle Cox
Moderator: Jess Kath

Join LGBT Fans Deserve Better as they host a conversation to revisit some of your favorite U.K. shows with the best – and worst – of LGBT representation. From your favorite soap couples to Skins and everything in between, we’ll talk our favorite ships and most memorable LGBTQ+ moments past and present. We will also be presenting additional findings from our ongoing Euro Stats research project, where for the first time, we have collected data about the state of representation on European shows and their LGBTQ+ characters.

LGBTQ Actresses

LGBTQ Actresses

Panelists: Briana Venskus, Mandahla Rose, Victoria Broom, Alicya Eyo, Helen Oakleigh, Nicole Pacent
Moderator: Helen Scott

Join us to celebrate the actresses who are loudly and proudly members of the LGBTQ community as they discuss their careers and the fears and realities of being queer and in the public spotlight. Hear about what it’s like to come out in the industry, how coming out and being out has affected the roles and opportunities that are available, what it’s like to portray a queer character as a queer person, and how they feel about the support of our community. Don’t miss this chance to hear from and support actresses at the forefront of LGBTQ visibility in the industry!

LGBTQ Womens Spaces: Where are they and how are they changing?

LGBTQ Womens Spaces: Where are they and how are they changing?

Panelists: Lucy Fenton, Naomi Bennett, Saski, Carrie Lyell
Moderator: Helen Scott

We all need a place to call our own, to feel safe and free to be ourselves. LGBTQ+ women’s spaces have traditionally been resigned to bars and clubs. But times are changing. Our spaces are becoming as diverse as our community. Join experienced venue owners and promotors as they discuss where we have been and where we are heading with these Queer havens. What is needed within them and what we can do as a community to bring more of these places into existence.

LGBTQ+ Teens: Beyond Coming Out

LGBTQ+ Teens: Beyond Coming Out

Panelists: Nur Ben-Hamida, Matisse Fletcher, Alice Oseman, Lauren James
Moderator: Rowan Ellis

With the success of coming out narratives in stories like Love, Simon and One Day At A Time, LGBTQ+ teen representation is entering a fresh new era. But once the closet doors have been blown off, where else do we have to go? This session would look at the existing and possible stories that can be told about LGBTQ+ teens beyond the “coming out narrative” that dominates their current representation.

Making Content on a Micro-Budget

Making Content on a Micro-Budget

Panelists: Christin Baker, Rochelle Dancel
Moderator: Denise Warner

You have an idea and a script so what do you do now? Learn how to take your idea and make great content on a small budget. Find out what you need to know and where to focus on spending your money!

Officer Haught

Officer Haught

Panelists: Katherine Barrell
Moderator: Jess Harris-DiStefano

Even the cold November air can’t stop this Haught Cop from bringing a smile to our faces. Since her first entrance into Shorty’s, the character of Officer Nicole Haught immediately made an impact on the fans. Now Sheriff Haught and of course one half of arguably one of the most popular Queer Ships around, the character has evolved beyond anyone’s expectations.

Kat Barrell joins us to bring insight into her process behind making Nicole so beloved by fans, where she hope the next progression of Nicole’s journey will lead and answers fan questions. You still have time to think of creative ones!

Pitching, Planning, and Passion: Breaking into TV & Film Criticism

Pitching, Planning, and Passion: Breaking into TV & Film Criticism

Panelists: Dana Piccoli

Did you know that women make up less than a quarter of film critics? The number is even lower for women of color. Without diversity in our criticism, who is there advocating for diverse material. That’s where you come in. The world needs to hear your voices, especially queer WOC, non-binary and trans voices. As part of the Fairy Gaymother initiative, entertainment writer and pop culture critic Dana Piccoli wants to help nurture and encourage a new generation of critics. In this workshop, attendees will learn about pitching articles, networking with other writers and editors, developing a personal style, ethics in criticism and more. The workshop is being limited to twenty attendees in order to allow for more personal discussions and questions for Dana. Dana has years of experience as a professional writer and editor, but she started out as a vocal fan, just like many of you. Attendees of the workshop will not only be able to benefit from Dana’s extensive knowledge and experience but will also receive continued mentorship with Dana after the workshop.

Placing Ourselves In The Narrative: Queer Women and Fanfiction

Placing Ourselves In The Narrative: Queer Women and Fanfiction

Panelists: Sabine Arnold, Lola Keeley, Nur Ben-Hamida
Moderator: Astrid Ohletz

From crumbs of subtext to rewriting canon queer couples into fantastic AUs, fanfiction has always been an outlet for queer women. We celebrate the rich catalogue of femslash pairings, and explore how quality stories are now being transformed into novels. All readers and writers of fanfiction are welcome!

Please Subscribe Below: What it Takes to Become a Breakout Creator on YouTube

Please Subscribe Below: What it Takes to Become a Breakout Creator on YouTube

Panelists: Jess Harris-DiStefano

Ever wonder why some channels take off and others don’t? Or how to strategically use YouTube as a launching pad for a career in content creation? Join us for an in-depth analysis and candid discussion about the ins and outs of what it takes to make it as a successful creator on YouTube.

Podcasting as an Outlet for Queer Voices

Podcasting as an Outlet for Queer Voices

Panelists: Dana Piccoli, Rosie Wilby, Mariya Scherbinina, Marie-Diane Grouchka
Moderator: Denise Warner

The days of being told how to feel about our favorite media and issues within our community by disconnected, uninformed voices are coming to an end. Podcasting allows genuine fans, academics, and creators of all sorts to send their voices out across the world, reaching the hearts and minds of viewers and listeners who may never have had the opportunity to hear their passions voiced by fellow viewers before. Aired on multiple platforms and easily accessible from most devices, it gives us the ability to share ideas, theories and knowledge we could have only dreamed of before Podcasting took off.

Join several experienced podcasters as they delve into the fandom, logistics, and future of podcasting. While giving insider hints and tips on how to get started, how to hook an audience and how to keep ahead of the game in a genre that is rapidly expanding.

Pride and Prejudice: How Queer Representation in the Media Affects Your Mental Health

Pride and Prejudice: How Queer Representation in the Media Affects Your Mental Health

Panelists: Marie-Diane Grouchka, Mariya Shcherbinina, Kerry Rush, Han Deacon

In recent years, media representation of minorities, including LGBTQ+ people, has steadily been increasing but the question of quality and its impact on mental health of the depicted populations remains. Not all kinds of representation are the same and not all lead to positive mental health outcomes. This panel expands on research exploring the impact of positive media representation on the identity and mental wellbeing of queer women and non cis individuals.

Queer People of Color Representation in the Media

Queer People of Color Representation in the Media

Panelists: Dimple Devades, Antoinette Belle, Moyo Amoo-Peters, Chaune King
Moderator: Diana Calica

While media coverage and on-screen portrayals of LGBTQ issues have improved substantially over the past few decades, representation for queer folx of color is still lagging far behind. Join us to discuss where we stand and how we can develop, empower, and support more diverse voices from our communities through an intersectional analysis that can change the narrative across all media platforms.

Queer Women TV Personalities

Queer Women TV Personalities

Panelists: Marta De Sousa, Helen Scott
Moderator: Saski

Fictional LGBTQ+ characters are starting to make their mark in a growing number of fiction based shows. But what is it like to have your sexuality become part of the public eye through reality based television?

These experienced panelists have all been on featured on television and give us an insider view of what happens when your life is center stage, how it can affect you and whether they feel it helps or hinders careers, personal lives and the broader LGBTQ+ community to be under the spotlight without a script to follow.

Real News: On the Frontlines of Queer Journalism

Real News: On the Frontlines of Queer Journalism

Panelists: Carrie Lyell, Anais Renaud, Dana Piccoli, Roxy Bourdillon, Danielle Mustarde
Moderator: Ellen Stewart

There is nothing fake about the need for diversity in not only media but print journalism. What we see in the press can influence the way entire sections of society view the world. It is important, now more than ever, that queer voices are giving their views and relating the facts to readers.

Our panelists will share their experiences in the world of journalism, from getting into the business to how being queer affects their career in this dog eat dog industry. In an era where our voices are being drowned out by calls of “Fake News,” hear the real story from our talented panelists!

So You Want to be a Writer?

So You Want to be a Writer?

Panelists: Matisse Fletcher

Though it is ultimately rewarding, the road to being a professional writer can be long and challenging. For many, just starting is the biggest hurdle. Join this informative workshop where a published queer author presents a practical guide to begin writing, build an audience, stay persistent, and get published.

Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush

Panelists: Olivia Hallinan
Moderator: Roxy Bourdelain

Dealing with themes including discovering your sexuality, drugs, casual sex and of course the inevitable first crush on your best friend, Sugar Rush was both charming, funny and polarizing. But perhaps more importantly, it was some of the earliest representation on screen that was unapologetically and canonically queer. Subtext was thrown out the window in favor of dealing head on with the struggle of being young and discovering yourself.

Olivia Hallinan discusses what it was like to play lead character Kim and what it meant to portray such a vital character in a time when representation was at a minimum.

Telling Queer Stories Online

Telling Queer Stories Online

Panelists: Rebecca Shoptaw, Alice Oseman
Moderator: Rowan Ellis

The internet provides new opportunities for telling the kinds of stories that mainstream media refuses to touch. Mediums such as webcomics, web series, short films and audio drama are open ground for independent creators to explore a huge variety of LGBTQ+ narratives, characters, and themes without facing significant opposition from producers or corporations. Join Rebecca Shoptaw, creator of web series Middlemarch: The Series, and Alice Oseman, YA author and creator of webcomic Heartstopper, for a discussion about what it’s like being an independent creator of LGBTQ+ stories online today.

The Portrayal of Mental Health in LGBTQ+ Media

The Portrayal of Mental Health in LGBTQ+ Media

Panelists: Rowan Ellis, Tricia Wey, Antoinette Belle, Nicole Pacent, Mandahla Rose
Moderator: Phoebe Kemp

LGBTQ+ people are statistically more susceptible to poor mental health, due to the discrimination and isolation many still face. For many of us, finding good representation in the media, and through that supportive fandoms, can be a huge help. Join this discussion on what good mental health representation looks like, what the tropes to avoid are, and how our media can do better by our communities.

The Power in Sharing Vulnerable Stories

The Power in Sharing Vulnerable Stories

Panelists: Heidi Lynch, Perrie Voss, Christin Baker, Nicole Pacent
Moderator: Faye Marsay

During the panel discussion The Power in Sharing Vulnerable Stories, moderated by the Northern English Rose, Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, The White Queen, Avocado Toast), you will get to hear first hand why the creators of the upcoming ‘Avocado Toast’ series decided to share their vulnerable story and then discovered an incredible online community just through their two-minute series trailer. You will alsoget to hear Christin Baker (CEO of Tello Films) talk about how instrumental it is to give queer female creators a platform to share their stories.

Trans Representation in Media

Trans Representation in Media

Panelists: Kai Fiáin, Kristienne Clarke, Chaune King
Moderator: Katy Jon Went

Transgender representation in the media is very much lacking and when it is present, it tends to be problematic, stereotypical and even damaging. Our panelists will dive into how transgender representation in the media can be improved, point out flaws in the current landscape and highlight the shows and creators who are getting it right.

UK Wynonna Earp Fan Panel

UK Wynonna Earp Fan Panel

Panelists: Michelle Pearson, Erin Cook, Danielle Cox, Victoria Hill
Moderator: Hannah Berry

Calling all Earpers! Our fan community has grown so much this last year, especially here in the UK. Join us as we discuss this exciting new season, exchange theories about what comes next, and talk about how we connect with each other through fandom.

Wynonna Earp Meetup

Wynonna Earp Meetup

Hosted by: Hannah Berry

Can’t get enough WayHaught and Earp content? No problem! Stop by and hang out with fellow Earpers and maybe meet some new friends along the way.

Youtube: Creating and Enlightening for Diverse Viewers

Youtube: Creating and Enlightening for Diverse Viewers

Panelists: Rowan Ellis, Mollie (TheEnglishSimmer), Antoinette Belle

Everyone has heard of YouTube. It is a space for creators to showcase their talent, knowledge, and opinions while viewers can see a hugely diverse array of content put out there by people just like them or people they can aspire to be like. These 4 well-known Youtubers will give insight into creating different types of queer content for Youtube and speak on how they’ve used it as a platform for self expression, education, and healing.