Speakers & Panelists

Speakers and panelists scheduled to appear at ClexaCon London

Helen Alison

Helen Alison

Panel: Fandom and Community, Lexa’s Legacy

Helen Alison is a third year student studying English Literature combined with Creative Writing. She has volunteered as a social media manager for Systir Productions, was the transmedia manager for the webseries Nottingham, and also set up A4O HQ – a fandom community dedicated to the webseries All For One. Helen is an aspiring writer and can often be found bingeing various series in front of her computer.

Moyo Amoo-Peters

Moyo Amoo-Peters

Panel: I Have a Que(e)ry, Queer People of Color Representation in the Media

Moyo (he/they) is a non-binary student currently studying Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. In addition to studying, they are involved with the University LGBT+ society and NUS Trans Scotland campaign. They are also a proud Christian, starting Queers of Faith, a group for LGBT+ people of Faith in Edinburgh.

Kiki Archer

Kiki Archer

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

Lambda Literary Award finalist, Kiki Archer is the UK-based author of eight best-selling, award-winning novels. She was position 51 in the Guardian newspaper’s Pride Power List 2018 and position 18 in the Diva Pride Power List 2017. Making up half of Winters Archer Productions, Kiki is delighted to see her debut novel ‘But She Is My Student’ come to life.

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Sabine Arnolds

Sabine Arnolds

Panel: Placing Ourselves In The Narrative

Journalist, longtime LGBTIQ*Activist and a human being, who loves to read, write and sing. Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of the lesbian site phenomenelle.de, since 2012.

Christin Baker

Christin Baker

Panels: Directing a Sex Scene, Bad Ass Women in the Industry, The Power in Sharing Vulnerable Stories, Making Content on a Micro-Budget, I Can’t Think Straight

Christin Baker is the President and CEO of Tello Films. She is passionate about providing the lesbian community with quality entertainment. She is an award-winning director and an Emmy-nominated producer, a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Antoinette Belle

Antoinette Belle

Panels: The Portrayal of Mental Health in LGBTQ+ Media, Youtube: Creating and Enlightening for Diverse Viewers, Queer people of Color Representation in the Media

Antoinette Belle is a photographer based in Nottingham. They are concerned with politics, diversity, representation of mental illness, intersectionality and rise of social media. They want to create a world in which everyone is treated with justice and respect – and art is the place to start.

Nur Ben-Hamida

Nur Ben-Hamida

Panels: LGBTQ+ Teens: Beyond Coming Out, Placing Ourselves in the Narrative, LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: Representation Matters UK

Nur Ben-Hamida is a legal academic researching on the role of fandom as a political tool for marginalised peoples to use in terms of sociopolitical commentary and discourse.

Naomi Bennett

Naomi Bennett

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

Naomi is an entrepreneur with a passion for all things lesbian, bi and queer for women. She has spent the last 7 years running lesbian website Planet Nation – a listings website which was launched as a direct response to a huge disconnect in London between events and women. It not only lists events and publishes articles with an LBQ theme, but also helps LBQ women to connect with their community and other women.

Naomi works hard to give visibility and a platform to those in our community who keep it going, and yet are often overlooked. She is proud to collaborate and contribute to support LBQ women through marketing and design support, sponsorship, training and more. She is always happy to talk to women about potential collaborations and ideas and is committed to improving the community and encouraging women to be their best. Naomi also has a passion for lesbian film and media, having studied media studies and supported various lesbian films and series across the years. She is currently looking to connect with filmmakers to see how she can help with independent distribution and bridge the gap to get more lesbian media to LBQ women who want to see it.

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Hannah Berry

Hannah Berry

Panel: Wynonna Earp Fan Panel, Fandom & Community

Host of the UK Wynonna Earp Fan Hangout ‘Tea & Biscuits’. Has arranged many Earper meet ups through out the UK, and attempts to keep the UK fan base as up to date as possible through social media.

Wollie Boehm (AKA Sam Skyborne)

Wollie Boehm (AKA Sam Skyborne)

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

Wollie Boehm (aka Sam Skyborne) is a storyteller – both an award winning writer and filmmaker. She has an English degree, a masters in Artificial Intelligence and currently lives and loves in London. Her books include Simulation: The Dawn of a Superhero, RISK: Three Crime-fighting Women Risk All for Love Lust and Justice, and Alice: A Woman’s Flight for Freedom and some of her film credits are for “Buttons”, “Who Let The Dogs In”, and “Caught in Amber.” Find more info about all her work by clicking here!

Luca Bosgraaf

Luca Bosgraaf

Panel: I Have a Que(e)ry

Luca is originally from the Netherlands, but now studying Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. They identify as non-binary and transmasculine. Their spare time is filled with making music, both as a singer-songwriter and in classical orchestras.

Roxy Bourdillon

Roxy Bourdillon

Panel: Different for Girls, Sugar Rush, Real News: On the Frontlines of Queer Journalism

Roxy Bourdillon is deputy editor of DIVA magazine. In a past life she lived in Sydney, wrote for LOTL, Australia’s premier magazine for lesbians and bi women, and had a smashing tan. A fierce femme, Roxy loves everything girly, including girls. One of her career highlights was giving a talk about The L Word at the BFI Southbank. It featured many, many slides of Shane.

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Diana Calica

Diana Calica

Panel: Lexa’s Legacy, QPOC Representation in the Media

I am Filipino American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, currently working on my music education degree at San Francisco State University, and have been involved in several college opera productions. I’m an avid gamer, reader of a variety of genres and fan fiction, collector and maker of custom Funko Pops, and I frequently attend conventions and conferences. I’ve never spoken in a panel before but I am excited to share my experiences and learn from others!

Amelia Cavallo

Amelia Cavallo

Panel: Deaf & Disabled LGBTQ Representation

Amelia Cavallo is a queer, blind theatre practitioner with experience in acting, singing, dancing, aerial circus, drag and burlesque. She is also a workshop facilitator, academic lecturer, access consultant, and is currently working towards her Phd in queer, crip identity in theatrical performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent performance credits include Blanche and Butch (Birds of Paradise) and The Who’s Tommy (Ramps on the Moon). Recent publications include Seeing The Word, Hearing the Image: The ARtistic Possibilities of Audio Description in Performance, and Staring at Blindness: Pitch Black Theatre and Disability Led Performance. For more info, go to www.ameliacavallo.com.

Kristiene Clarke

Kristiene Clarke

Panel: Trans Representation in the Media

A very experienced Writer/ Director / Producer, I have seventy flagship credits to my name and was the first ‘out’ trans filmmaker in the world to make a film ‘SEX CHANGE – SHOCK! HORROR! PROBE!’ about the subject of Gender Identity. Since then I’ve  made films for the BAFTA award winning BBC arts series ARENA, other departments at the corporation, Channel 4, ITV , Five and various overseas broadcasters. I have also acted as Consultant for  two Oscar winning film directors – Tom  Hooper ‘ The Danish Girl ‘ ( 2016 ) and   Wash Westmoreland on his latest film ‘Colette’ which is due for a UK release in January 2019. I was also Story Editor on  ‘Venus’ ( 2017 ) a Canadian trans themed feature film produced by award winning filmmaker Joe Balass.

With a personal and professional commitment to using my skill base in the promotion of LGBTQI and human rights for over twenty five years I’ve been making films that tackle a wide variety of  subjects which seek to make a difference to people’s lives. My aim has been to create and to work on projects that move and inspire audiences, showing the impact and the power film has to challenge the mainstream, to dismantle entrenched doctrines and disseminate new ideas.

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Shelbie Cohen

Shelbie Cohen

Panel: Lexa’s Legacy

Shelbie is an engineer, military veteran and contributor to the LGBT Fans Deserve Better organization. An important part of her work is participating in gathering statistics and scoring canon f/f representation in a variety of TV shows. This provides the organization and community with clear numbers to help illustrate the discrepancies of representation in media.

Erin Cook

Panel: Wynonna Earp Fan Panel, Fandom & Community

Erin runs SoloEarpers, a fan account that connects ‘solo’ Earpers around the world in group chats. We have over 200 people in 10 chats and it grows every week.

Danielle Cox

Danielle Cox

Panel: Wynonna Earp Fan Panel, LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: Representation Matters UK

Dani is a writer best known for her work at StarryMag. A writer by day, fangirl by night, she is most likely to be found screaming about a show called Wynonna Earp.

Rochelle Dancel

Rochelle Dancel

Panel: Making Content on a Micro-Budget

Rochelle Dancel is a British producer and creative director based in London. She is the Editor of The Backstory Life, a magazine that celebrates those who entertain and educate on screens, and the Creative Director of creative incubator, Randomly.

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Rachel Dax

Rachel Dax

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

Rachel Dax has made eleven short films, seven of which are LBGTQ. Her most recent film, Time & Again, shot this summer and now in post production, starred Dame Sian Phillips and Brigit Forsyth. Her previous short, A Delicate Love, screened in twenty film festivals and won three awards. Rachel’s film, Planet Love, had over 2 million hits on YouTube (but sadly her channel was terminated earlier this year and she is yet to get it back…) Rachel is currently developing her first feature film, Banned Girls, which she hopes to shoot in 2019. Rachel also produces films for other writer-directors and lectures in Film Theory & Production. Rachel has written four novels: After The Night and The Legend Of Pope Joan (trilogy).

Han Deacon

Han Deacon

Panel: I Have a Que(e)ry, Pride and Prejudice: How Queer Representation in the Media Affects Your Mental Health

Han is a non-binary Irish artist and performer currently living in Edinburgh. They enjoy exploring gender, sexuality, and mental health issues in their work as an illustrator, and camp ridiculousness in their work as a drag artist. Recently graduated, they were heavily involved with Edinburgh University’s LGBT+ society, and led several workshops on LGBT+ sex ed and gender.

Joseph Dunn

Joseph Dunn

Panel: Deaf & Disabled LGBTQ Representation

Joe is a trans guy and was born deaf. He is a native BSL user, a Deaf Voice, aspiring writer, and sign language art creator.

Rowan Ellis

Rowan Ellis

Panel: LGBTQ+ Teens: Beyond Coming Out, Telling Queer Stories Online, The Portrayal of Mental Health in LGBTQ+ Media, Youtube: Creating and Enlightening for Diverse Viewers

Rowan makes videos on YouTube about LGBTQ+ issues, feminist advocacy, and pop culture – this has spilled out into “IRL” talks, panels, and workshops across Europe and America. Her works have been covered in publications including Forbes, The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Elle UK, and BBC. Currently working as the Social Media Manager for the online women’s magazine The Pool, she uses her personal and professional platforms to open conversations and help build communities.

Rowan can be found in the kitchen, not making you a sandwich.

Mika Epstein

Mika Epstein

Panel: Lexa’s Legacy, LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: Representation Matters UK

The cofounder of LezWatch.TV, Mika has been deep in the fandom world since she could say ‘Trekkie.’ With over two decades experience in running fansites and organizing communities, she’s taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making LezWatch.TV with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she’d rather ride her bicycle. Her favourite TV shows include Veronica Mars, Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and One Day at a Time.

Lucy Fenton

Lucy Fenton

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

Lucy is one of the founders of The Apple Tree in Clerkenwell, London. It is a new venue for the LGBTQ+ community, non-conformists and those leading alternative lifestyles. It was set up to be a homely and welcoming safe haven where people can be comfortable being themselves, when the outside world may not give them that freedom. Lucy also has a theatre production company, is an actor, and manages architectural projects.

Kai Fiáin

Kai Fiáin

Panel: Trans Representation in the Media

Kai Fiáin is a working class trans-male filmmaker and artist. He studied fine art practice and critical theory at Chelsea School of art and Design, where he specialised in video installation and sculpture. He describes himself as a maker and story teller, this manifest itself through sculpture and film-making. His work whether it be Film or Fine Art practice is primarily concerned with class, race, gender and life on the margins. He also has a passion for working class sub cultures, folk / fairy tales and urban legends. Post Art School he got into filmmaking through teaching marginalised young people how to make films. His previous work has been nominated for the Screen Nation Film and television awards and has been screened at a number of festivals internationally including BAFTA recognised festivals. His last short won the people choice at Leeds queer film festival. He currently has two films being screened at festivals and is in production on two others that will be completed next year.

He is a believer in community and is a volunteer programmer on London’s yearly Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival.

Matisse Fletcher

Matisse Fletcher

Panels: So You Want to be a Writer?, LGBTQ+ Teens: Beyond Coming Out

Matisse is an avid purveyor of nerd and geek culture. She has written for the comic book industry, poetry anthologies, short story anthologies, and had her first children’s book published in 2017.

Lisa Gifford

Lisa Gifford

Panels: Bad Ass Women in the Industry

Lisa was a brickie, barista, NHS Manager, film sales agent and wrestling ring announcer, before sensibly deciding to jack it all in to become a writer. She wrote a popular digital series, 3some, and after being contacted by many viewers to share their own experience of the issues in the show, became passionate about exploring contemporary life through her work. Lisa has gone on to be a writer on BBC’s EastEnders, and is one of the Edinburgh TV Festival’s Ones to Watch for 2018. She is currently developing a series of working class monologues with Jed Mercurio/Hat Trick Productions, and horror/thriller feature, Covetous, about the UK parole system, with Director Melanie Light.

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Marie-Diane Grouchka

Marie-Diane Grouchka

Panel: Pride and Prejudice: How Queer Representation in the Media Affects Your Mental Health, Podcasting as an Outlet for Queer Voices, Bisexual Representation in the Media

Marie-Diane Grouchka is a French psychologist and psychotherapist based in the Netherlands. She has worked in various fields, including HR/recruitment and journalism. She works with many LGBTQ+ clients and studied the representation of queer women in the media and its impact on mental health. She also co-hosts BiPositive, a podcast surrounding the psychological experience of bisexual/queer people.

Jess Harris-DiStefano

Jess Harris-DiStefano

Moderating: Please Subscribe Below: What it Takes to Become a Breakout Creator on YouTube, Invisible Women: The Marginalization of the Female Identified Butch in Queer Media, Jamie Clayton: Sensing the Need for Change

Jess Harris-DiStefano is a writer, producer, and currently the Head of Creative Programming at YouTube Space LA. She holds a BFA in Writing for Television and Film from the school of Cinematic Arts at USC and is an outspoken advocate for positive LGBTQ+ representation in all forms of media. When Jess isn’t playing the part of a mentor and consultant to YouTube creators, her and her wife can be found wrangling their pint-sized protege named Charley and four-legged furball named Frisbee.

Vic Hill

Vic Hill

Panel: Wynonna Earp Fan Panel

I’m a comic artist and illustrator, storyteller, and keen Earper. Most recently I have been expressing my passion for the Wynonna Earp show through my Earp Doodles and the free, online, stay at home convention ‘Earp Couch Con’. I love this fandom and the community and it brings me such joy to be able to produce creative work that can bring smiles to some faces!

Lauren James

Panel: LGBTQ+ Teens: Beyond Coming Out

Lauren James is the author of Young Adult science fiction, including The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Next Together and The Last Beginning, which was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for kids and young adults by the Independent. She has written articles for the Guardian, Buzzfeed and The Toast, and wrote a guide to writing LGBT+ Children’s fiction for the Writers and Artists Yearbook 2019. She also wrote the foreword for The Bi-ble: An Anthology of Essays on Bisexuality. She lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.

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Katy Jon Went

Katy Jon Went

Panel: Trans Representation in the Media

Katy Jon Went is a public speaker and educator on gender, identity, sexuality, mental health, human rights, diversity and inclusion. They have been the subject of BBC and independent documentaries and have spoken at WOW festivals and TEDx. They are the UK Coordinator of the Human Library, co-organise a visual arts festival, and is a regular panel member at literary and theatre events such as N&NFest, Hostry Festival. An ardent Doctor Who, Sense8, Marvel/DC and Fantasy/SciFi fan!

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Jess Kath

Jess Kath

Panel: Lexa’s Legacy, LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: Represntation Matters UK

Jess is Board Secretary of LGBT Fans Deserve Better, a ClexaCon partner and 501(c)(3) nonprofit all-volunteer organization advocating for positive LGBTQ+ representation in the media. She focuses on organizational policy and governance, as well as project research, writing, and speaking on positive representation.

Lola Keeley

Lola Keeley

Panel: Placing Ourselves In The Narrative, LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: Representation Matters UK

Lola Keeley is a writer and coder. After moving to London to pursue her love of theatre, she later wound up living every five-year-old’s dream of being a train driver on the London Underground. She has since emerged, blinking into the sunlight, to find herself writing books. She now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her wife and four cats.

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Phoebe Kemp

Phoebe Kemp

Panel: Deaf & Disabled LGBTQ+ Representation, The Portrayal of Mental Health in LGBTQ+ media, Bisexual Representation

Phoebe Kemp is an actor, writer, activist and fan. As chair of Equity’s Deaf and Disabled Member’s Committee she is regularly involved in improving union policy around disability and fighting for better representation of disabled people. As a bisexual wheelchair user with depression and anxiety she is passionate about intersectionality and that all aspects of the queer experience are represented in our media. As a fan, her first wlw ship was Tara and Willow and current faves include Hollstein, Barbelle and whoever Rosa Diaz is into on Brooklyn 99!

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Chaune King

Chaune King

Panel: Trans Representation in the Media, Queer People of Color Representation in the Media

Chaune King also known as LEGA$IE has worked in the entertainment industry for over 6 years. Chaune King burst onto the scene in 2002 and was known for his bold lyrics and heavy bass lined tracks as an LGBT artist with the talent, drive and ambition to be heard. He steamrolled a path throughout the music industry touring across the UK, Europe and the USA making himself a household name.

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Jacquie Lawrence

Jacquie Lawrence

Panel: Different for Girls

Jacquie Lawrence is a television producer/writer/director and Commissioning Editor. 

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Carrie Lyell

Carrie Lyell

Panel: Real News: On the Frontlines of Queer Journalism, LGBTQ Spaces: Where are they and how are they changing?

Carrie joined DIVA, Europe’s best-selling magazine for lesbians and bi women, as Editorial Assistant in 2013, having previously written for Pink Paper, Lesbilicious and The Guardian. She’s always wanted to write about queer culture, mostly because being gay is the only thing she’s any good at, and is passionate about amplifying queer women’s voices both in LGBT and mainstream media. Carrie was appointed editor in May 2017.

Heidi Lynch

Heidi Lynch

Panel: The Power in Sharing Vulnerable Stories, Bisexual Representation in the Media

Heidi Lynch is an actor, writer and composer currently located in Toronto, Canada. She is the co-creator of Avocado Toast the Series. Checkout the trailer here!

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Faye Marsay

Faye Marsay

Panel: The Power in Sharing Vulnerable Stories

Faye Marsay is a film/tv actress in shows such as Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, The White Queen, Bletchley Circle, and upcoming Avocado Toast the Series. This is Faye’s first time being part of a web series and we are so lucky to have her. Come watch her hilariously ask questions to Heidi and Perrie and Christin Baker ( CEO Tello Films) that were without a doubt written by Heidi and Perrie.

Fizz Milton

Fizz Milton

Panel: Different for Girls

Fizz worked freelance in corporates, commercials, documentaries and film drama for ITV and Channel 4 before joining the BBC where she ran the Programme Finance Management department for factual, entertainment and drama independent production. She became Head of Genre Management & Business Affairs for Drama Commissioning across all television output and then lead the production move to relocate production out of London across factual entertainment and drama output. She is a qualified coach and having sworn she would never go back into production was delighted to find herself joining forces with Jacquie Lawrence as partner in Jackdaw Media to produce Different for Girls for Lesbian Box Office.

Caroline Mitchell

Caroline Mitchell

Panel: Bad Ass Women in the Industry

I have been working in television drama since graduating from the Northern Film School in 2002 and have written for The Chase, a Kay Mellor drama and worked as a storyliner in the story offices of both Coronation Street and Emmerdale where I subsequently moved to the writing team in 2004. I have creed stories and characters for the show and written over 150 episodes of Emmerdale including many hour long specials including the Christmas Day ep. I live in Hebden Bridge, renowned for being a haven for writers and artists and also for being the lesbian capital of Europe! In my spare time I enjoy walks with my miniature schnauzer Sybil and meditating.

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Debbie Moon

Debbie Moon

Panel: Bad Ass Women in the Industry

Is the creator and lead writer of the teen werewolf drama WOLFBLOOD (2012 – 2017). She has also written for THE SPARTICLE MYSTERY, HINTERLAND, and is currently writing for a Finnish reworking of Sherlock Holmes, SHERLOCK NORTH.

Danielle Mustarde

Danielle Mustarde

Panel: Real News: On the Frontlines of Queer Journalism

Danielle joined DIVA, Europe’s best-selling magazine for lesbians and bi women, as Staff Writer in 2017. Originally from the north east of England, she’s lived and worked in the UK, Spain and Canada and specialised in “words and queer stuff” at university. With a passion for queer culture and community, she completes #TeamDIVA’s “northern women’s collective” where she proudly represents the pink, purple and blue corner of the LGBTQI+ community. Find her on Twitter @daniellejournal and Instagram @wordsbydanielle

Astrid Ohletz

Astrid Ohletz

Panel: Placing Ourselves In The Narrative, Lexa’s Legacy

Astrid Ohletz is CEO of Ylva Publishing, one of the top LBT publishing houses. She has a certificate in editing from the Academy of German Book Trade. Astrid is also an award-winning author in her own right. In her free time she loves to play Pokémon Go.

Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman

Panel: LGBTQ+ Teens: Beyond Coming Out, Telling Queer Stories Online

Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England and is currently a full-time writer and illustrator. She is the author of three YA novels, SOLITAIRE, RADIO SILENCE, and I WAS BORN FOR THIS, and is the writer and artist of ongoing YA romance webcomic HEARTSTOPPER. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job.

Michelle Pearson

Michelle Pearson

Panel: Wynonna Earp Fan Panel

I am 37 years old and been a fan of Wynonna Earp for almost 2 years. I was a late to it Earper but became part of my daily life with people I am privileged to call friends and family. I have an amazing family, a wife of 12 years in July, and we have 2 amazing children. In my spare time, I edit up a feature known as Purgatory Weekly, which I publish every weekend for the fans of the show.

Dana Piccoli

Dana Piccoli

Moderator / Panels: All About E; Clairevoyant; Hollstein; Pitching, Planning, and Passion: Breaking into TV & Film Criticism; Podcasting as an Outlet for Queer Voices; Real News: On the Frontlines of Queer Journalism

Dana is an entertainment writer and critic who has written for sites like The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Decider, Curve Magazine and many more. She’s the Managing Editor of the Blog at Bella Books, a vertical of Bella Books that focuses on queer entertainment, books and pop culture. Her debut queer romance novel comes out in spring 2019. When she’s not writing, she’s moderating panels, hosting events, and is the voice behind the official ClexaCon podcast, unCONventional.

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Anais Renaud

Anais Renaud

Panel: Real News: On the Frontlines of Queer Journalism

Anais is a french gal, graphic designer (or data designer) and journalist, working in Paris for a mainstream newspaper. Her fight is for better representation in media. She is most of the time hidden behind a computeur, a comic book, or a video game controller.

Kerry Rush

Kerry Rush

Panel: I Have a Que(e)ry, Pride and Prejudice: How Queer Representation in the Media Affects Your Mental Health, LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: Representation Matters UK

Kerry is an LGBTQIA+ creative activist and postgraduate Counselling and Psychotherapy student based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They are the founder of Positive Change Arts Projects (PCAP), a creative non-profit organisation focusing on the mental health, wellbeing and representation of LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities. As part of PCAP, Kerry can often be found somewhere in Europe facilitating the ‘I am…’ workshop and developing ‘I Have a Que(e)ry’.

Jay Rutovitz

Jay Rutovitz

Panel: All About E

Fundraising and organisational oversight are Producer, Jay Rutovitz’ strong points. Jay brings her experience of managing large budgets and attracting funding in the private and public sectors to her work as a film producer. In the Industry from 1989 – 1997, she worked in film lighting as a gaffer in the UK, and then pursued work in renewable energy consulting. She has managed large budgets and attracted more than £9 million in private and public funding for energy projects. Jay oversaw the crowdfunding campaign for All About E, which at the time was the most successful crowdfunding campaign for a feature film in Australia. Jay is a director of Girls’ Own Pictures.

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Saski

Saski

Moderator: Queer Women TV Personalities, LGBTQ+ Women’s Spaces: Where are they and how are they changing?

Saski is a singer, Queer events host, official PRIDE Host and most importantly an East London Gem! From performing and hosting at events on an international scale, including as a corespondent/host for DIVA Magazine, Saski brings a warm and stylish vibe, a superb vocal ambience and a glamorous entertainment style to every live event she graces. Her popular ‘Saski Chats’ interviews include Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Actress’s Victoria Broom (Different For Girls, Marcella) and Rachel Shelley (L Word and Different For Girls) to name but a few! Saski is also an LGBT+ activist training schools, colleges and organisations to become LGBT+ friendly.

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Helen Scott

Helen Scott

Moderator / Panel: LGBTQ Actresses, LGBTQ Spaces: Where are they and how are they changing?, Queer Women TV Personalities

Helen is a Presenter, Entrepreneur and Insta Story addict! Currently working for channel 5, she also runs multiple businesses including her own confidence building courses for the entertainment sector, ‘On Camera Experience’. When she’s not working, you can catch her on social media chatting to her followers about love, life, relationships and mental health amongst other things. She’s extremely excited to be a part of ClexaCon London.

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Delyth Scudamore

Delyth Scudamore

Panel: Bad Ass Women in the Industry

I work at Blueprint Pictures where I set up the new TV department. I’ve been the TV Development Executive there for 18 months and in that time have Script Exec’ed our first three-parter for BBC1 and Amazon US, A Very English Scandal, written by Russell T Davies.

Mariya Shcherbinina

Mariya Shcherbinina

Panel: Pride and Prejudice: How Queer Representation in the Media Affects Your Mental Health, Podcasting as an Outlet for Queer Voices, Bisexual Representation in the Media

Mariya Shcherbinina is a psychologist/psychotherapist working in The Netherlands. She was born in Ukraine, and got her degrees in Madrid, Spain and Leiden, The Netherlands. She also recently co-authored a paper on counseling LGBTQ+ clients and is the co-host of BiPositive, a podcast on the psychological experiences of bisexual and queer people. She also runs TheBadFoodie, a blog surrounding recovery from and life with anorexia nervosa. Mariya spends her free time indulging in her favorite fandoms on Tumblr and AO3.

Rebecca Shoptaw

Rebecca Shoptaw

Panel: Telling Queer Stories Online

Rebecca Shoptaw is a recent college grad and filmmaker, and the writer and director behind the queer web series “Middlemarch: The Series” and “Love Language,” along with a whole host of award-winning LGBTQ+ short films, all of which are available on YouTube.

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Ellen Stewart

Ellen Stewart

Panel: Real News: On the Frontlines of Queer Journalism

Ellen is head of content at PinkNews – the world’s most-read LGBT media platform – where she leads a growing newsroom and acted as launch editor as the brand became the first LGBT+ partner to publish to Snapchat Discover. She specialises in audience development and editorial campaigns. Ellen previously worked at the Evening Standard as acting growth editor & head of social, where she built an audience team from the ground up and successfully delivered double figure growth across social and SEO. Prior to that she worked at The Independent, Time Inc, DMGT, AOL and HuffPost.

Mollie (TheEnglishSimmer)

Mollie (TheEnglishSimmer)

Panel: Youtube: Creating and Enlightening for Diverse Viewers

Mollie is an LGBTQ+ content creator on YouTube and Twitch. The face behind The English Simmer who uses The Sims to tell her stories to the world. During her last 4 years as a creator, she has worked alongside EA during major game launches and charity events.

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Perrie Voss

Perrie Voss

Panel: The Power in Sharing Vulnerable Stories

Perrie is a Canadian actor, writer, film editor, and co-creator of the Avocado Toast Series. She has worked as an actor in both theatre and film for the past ten years. Perrie is driven to tell stories rooted in truth, which often run the line between heartbreak and humour. She is deeply honoured to be speaking on this panel and hear the other great stories that unfold at Clexacon UK.

Louise Wadley

Louise Wadley

Panel: All About E

Writer / Director Louise Wadley set up Girls’ Own Pictures with her partner Jay Rutovitz to develop and produce original stories with distinctive and exciting female lead characters. A graduate of NFTS, her award winning shorts, documentaries and feature have played at festivals around the world. Louise has been both a quarter-finalist and semi-finalist in the Nicholls Fellowship Screenwriting Competition (The Academy Awards for unpublished Screenplays). Sometimes known as “The Script Doctor”, Louise is an experienced script editor on both Documentary and Drama projects and has taught both under-graduate and masters courses in Film and Scriptwriting. Their first feature All About E was released in Australia, sold to US Netflix and various European territories. Louise is currently developing her second feature, a period drama as well a drama series for TV.

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Denise Warner

Denise Warner

Panel: Making Content on a Micro Budget, Podcasting as an Outlet for Queer Voices

Denise is the creator and host of “The Lesbian Lounge” podcast- one of the longest running shows on MyLesbianRadio.com with over 4 million downloads since 2006.

Rosie Wilby

Rosie Wilby

Panel: Podcasting as an Outlet for Queer Voices

Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian, author of the book Is Monogamy Dead?, presenter and producer of Radio Diva and creator and host of The Breakup Monologues podcast (which has a live recording at London’s Kings Place on Fri 9 Nov).

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Jess Williams

Jess Williams

Panel: Fandom and Community

Jess is currently an undergraduate who is studying Creative Events Management at The Arts University of Bournemouth. She has also given multiple talks to young teens about living as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and how it can affect you whilst at school, or at home. Jess also believes in things being short and sweet, and that length of this bio has nothing to do with the fact that she has nothing interesting left to say.

Tobi Wolf

Tobi Wolf

Panel: I Have a Que(e)ry

Tobi (they/them) is a young professional, who over the past five years has worked with a number of organisations and charities around the UK, providing emotional and practical support for LGBT+ students. They were the NUS (national union of students) transgender and non-binary representative 2016 – 2018. In Tobi’s spare time they are conducting research into LGBT+ post university experiences.