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2017 Speakers & Panelists

Last years speakers and panels at ClexaCon 2017

Erika Abad 

Erika Gisela Abad is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence for the Interdisciplinary, Gender and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to working for UNLV Dr. Abad was Chicago-based ethnographer and oral historian for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College. She is a well-published essayist, poet, and fiction writer, invested in increasing the representation of LGBTQ people of color across genres.

Emily Andras

The Boston-born, Calgary-bred Andras has a diverse list of television credits to her name. Currently, she is the Showrunner and Executive Producer of SyFy’s new hit series Wynonna Earp. Previously, she spent three seasons as the Showrunner and Executive Producer of Lost Girl, and recently worked as the Supervising Producer on Killjoys, where she got to write about spaceships.

Andras’ other recent credits include writer and Co-producer of the police drama King, and Showrunner and Executive Producer of Instant Star. She has written for numerous other series such as Degrassi: The Next Generation , Sophie, Total Drama Island, and 11 Cameras. She was also hand-picked by Nora Roberts to shepherd her New York Times’ #1 best-selling Blood Magick trilogy to series.

Andras is known for her fresh and witty take — CNBC called her “a genre darling” with a “cult following” – and that’s nice. But what Emily really wants to be remembered for is being pulled onstage to dance with Bruce Springsteen. Which totally happened.

Valerie Anne

Creating a positive, inclusive & amazeballs Fandom Family – Wynonna Earp Style.

Autostraddle: Profile | Website

Tara Avery

Tara Madison Avery is the publisher of Stacked Deck Press and a longtime board member of Prism Comics. As a cartoonist she is known for her bisexual-themed webcomic “Gooch” and a series of recent short stories published in anthologies such as Anything that Loves, Death Saves, and ALPHABET.

Stacked Decked Press: Facebook | Twitter | Website

Kevin Bachelder

Kevin is a Parsec Award winning podcaster who’s been covering science fiction & fantasy TV since 2005. For the past 12 years he’s also been a regular speaker at Dragon Con. Kevin currently co-hosts the Tales Of The Black Badge podcast and the Whiskey and Doughnuts fan video hangouts in the Wynonna Earp fandom.

Wynonna Earp Podcast: Twitter | Website

Christin Baker

Christin Baker is the President and CEO of tellofilms.com. She is passionate about providing the lesbian community with quality entertainment. She is an award winning director and a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tellofilms: Twitter | Website

Rebecca Barrick

Rebecca Barrick is the co-founder and Canadian half of Fangirl Shirts, a company that makes awesome shirts by, for, and about awesome women. A love of strong female characters and positive LGBTQ representation in television and movies has morphed her into a semi-professional fangirl.

Fangirl Shirts: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website

Zara Barrie

Zara is currently the resident “Senior Sex & Dating” writer at the popular millennial digital publication, Elite Daily. She is the founder and editor of Elite Daily “Queer Culture”, the website’s first ever LGBTQ vertical. She writes and stars in the popular Elite Daily web-series Lez Get You Laid, a lesbian dating show, and hosts a weekly live-stream talk show STZ (Sex Talk With Zara), a queer themed advice/discussion talk show. She has published over 600 queer focused articles and has cultivated a diverse, loyal, and hyper engaged audience from all over the world. Her work is often described as “raw” and “intimate” and she is happy to share her most humiliating experiences in order to help others feel less alienated in their experience. In her free time she works in outreach theatre with LGBTQ youth, is an avid public speaker, actress, talk show host, wild feminist, out lesbian and queer activist. She regularly sits on panels discussing mental health, queer culture, sex, dating, and style.

Eboné F. Bell

Eboné F. Bell is the Founder and Managing Editor of Tagg Magazine. The national website and local D.C. publication is committed to serving everything lesbian, queer, and under the rainbow. This year, Tagg was recently named Top 20 LGBTQ-Owned Companies by the Washington Business Journal. Eboné has been immersed in the Washington Metropolitan Area LGBTQ community for several years. She has produced such events as the annual Capital Queer Prom, Capital Pride Women’s Parties, Pride in the Sky, the Put on the Gloves Fashion Show, and Ladies Tea at Hank’s Oyster Bar. She recently received the Image Award from Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health and the Legacy Award from GLBT Latino History Project. She is known as the “go-to girl” for LGBTQ marketing and queer women-focused events, resources, marketing, and advertising.

TaggMagazine: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website

Trish Bendix

Trish Bendix is a writer and editor in Los Angeles, California. She is the Editor in Chief of GO Magazine, and the former Editor in Chief of AfterEllen.com.

Go Magazine: Instagram | Twitter | Website

Alex Berg

Alex Berg is a video producer and on-air talent at The Huffington Post, where she produces and hosts videos on national news, LGBTQ issues and social justice topics. Most recently, she hosted HuffPost’s live coverage from the campaign trail and created the bi-weekly series #QueerTheVote, which examined the election through an LGBTQ lens. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she recently appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore to discuss bisexuality. In 2014, her coverage of the Bisexual White House Summit was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. In her spare time, Alex mentors aspiring teenage writers at Girls Write Now and plays roller derby for the Gotham Girls Roller Derby league.

Paige Bernhardt

Paige Bernhardt is a writer/producer for television and the web.

Television writing and producing credits include Two Guys and A Girl, Yes, Dear, What About Joan and South of Nowhere. She also produced the documentary series’ The Ride: 7 Days to End AIDS and Rollergirls. She and wife Nancylee Myatt moved to New Orleans in 2010 where they shot webseries Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files for tellofilms.com. Other tellofilms webseries’ include 3Way and Cowgirl Up 1 & 2. She is currently working on the 3rd season of NCIS: New Orleans for CBS.

BETTY

The NYC based feminist pop band BETTY (Alyson Palmer, Amy Ziff, Elizabeth Ziff) has been creating music together for decades! They have toured internationally, scored for television and film (including the Global smash theme to The L-Word), and released nine independent records, while continuously lending their voices to the ever-changing landscape of civil rights, Women and grrrl power and LGBTQ causes. BETTY’s new single RISE from their CD On The Rocks has become a rallying cry for social justice and resistance in America. BETTY RULES.

BETTY: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Website

Weston Bradley

Weston Bradley, a creator of multiple series with prominent LGBTQ representation and an author of a sexuality indiscriminate book.

Elizabeth Bridges

Dr. Elizabeth Bridges is a writer, media critic, and professor of literature in Memphis, TN. She is known in the fandom for a series of widely circulated blog posts that brought attention to the fan experience of The 100 episode 307, the Bury Your Gays trope, the emergence of Elyza Lex, and racial tropes in The 100.

Jamie Broadnax

Jamie Broadnax is the managing editor and creator of the online community for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio’s Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. In her spare time, she enjoys live-tweeting, reading, writing, and spending time with her beagle Brandy.

Black Girl Nerds: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Website

Katherine Brooks

Emmy Award Winner Katherine Brooks began her career documenting life as a teenager while living on the streets of Los Angeles. Her first short film was screened at the prestigious Directors Guild of America where it caught the attention of a network executive who gave Brooks her first job.

After a decade of directing shows for NBC, ABC, BRAVO and MTV, Katherine returned to her love of cinema and in 2006 made her first feature film, LOVING ANNABELLE.

She followed with the feature film, WAKING MADISON, starring Elisabeth Shue, Will Patton, Taryn Manning and Frances Conroy and the acclaimed documentary, FACE 2 FACE, which premiered at Mann’s Chinese Theatre in 2011.

Katherine has served as a Jury Member for Samsung Fresh-Films, the largest teen filmmaking program in the USA. She was the recipient of the LACE Award for Arts and Entertainment, which recognizes women who have made a difference in the entertainment community. Katherine was honored with the Power Up Award for being a strong voice and activist for the LGBTQ community.

Katherine was one of the youngest members to be inducted into the Directors Guild of America and is the president of the New Orleans based production company Big Easy Pictures.

Sara Beth Brooks

Sara Beth Brooks is a teacher, activist, and speaker living in Northern California. She is the executive director of Asexual Awareness Week, which is an annual awareness event held each October. In addition, she was named a Top 10 LGBTQ student leader by Campus Pride and was given the Youth Trailblazer Award by Lambda Archives. She has contributed to a forthcoming book called Mediability, which is about disability representations in the media.

Asexual Awareness Week: Facebook | Twitter | Website

Adrienne Carley

Reaction YouTuber. TV obsessed. Shipper of ships.​

Feliza Casano

Feliza Casano is the founder and editor of Girls in Capes, which covers geeky entertainment with an intersectional lens. Her focus is in adult science fiction, and she holds a masters in publishing from Rosemont College. Feliza writes and speaks on science fiction & fantasy books, anime, and manga around the internet and across the U.S.

Girls in Capes: Facebook | Twitter

Valerie Complex

Valerie Complex is a freelance writer and professional nerd. As a lover of Japanese animation, and all things film, she is passionate about diversity across all entertainment mediums.

Marceline Cook

Marcy is writer with a nerd job that pays the bills and she lives with far too many cats. She’s trans, sex positive and has an ongoing sordid love affair with Lego. Those last two are not related… probably.

Personal: Twitter | Website

Danielle Cooper

Danielle Cooper is a creator and lifestyle influencer. She launched “She’s A Gent” in order to share her love for menswear and style through one outfit at a time. She sees herself as a person who has the ability to connect not only those who appreciate fashion and menswear but understand that it is not limited to one gender. Danielle has been featured in numerous media outlets such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Curve to name a few.

She’s A Gent: Twitter | Website

Whitney Day

A bi-coastal, classically trained musician-turned-DJ & Event Producer, Whitney has performed at & produced parties for LGBTQs at some of the top venues in the world such as Marquee New York, House of YES, Cielo, Ace Hotel, The Standard and many others. Armed with an instinct for reading a crowd and the ability to artfully mix genre-blending sets, she has performed across the US and internationally in cities like Berlin, Tokyo, Miami, Las Vegas, Montreal, Boston, Los Angeles, NYC, Stockholm, Washington D.C., Sydney, Vienna & beyond.

M. Dickson

M. Dickson is a nationally touring stand up comic and television writer. She’s helped to develop projects for NBC, Fox, Nickelodeon and Netflix. M has written for TV Land’s Instant Mom, NBC’s Superstore and is currently writing and producing on a not yet announced Netflix series.

Anita Dolce Vita

Anita Dolce Vita is the owner of the leading queer style online magazine dapperQ.com and an LGBTQ fashion and culture blogger. Her work has been featured in reputable media outlets such as The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Yahoo News, HBO, The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post Live, Vice, Refinery29, New York Magazine, Nylon, The Daily Beast, Canada’s Globe & Mail, Autostraddle, AfterEllen, Qwear, Elite Daily, Mashable, Bustle, San Francisco Weekly, Curve, Diva, GO magazine, The Advocate, OUT magazine, Disruptive Women in Healthcare, Beijing Review, Spain’s S. Moda, and Bosnia’s Manjine.BA, to name a few. She was the executive producer behind some of the world’s largest celebrations of masculine style for women, gender queers, and trans-identified individuals, including the acclaimed (un)Heeled, iD, and VERGE queer fashion shows, which were all hosted a world renowned institutions Brooklyn Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. She is often called upon as an expert in queer style to keynote, moderate panels, and provide commentary for print and news media. In 2016, Anita produced and moderated the first ever queer style panel to be featured at SxSW and has been invited back to speak at SxSW for 2017. Additional speaking engagements include the Brooklyn Historical Society, private HBO film premieres, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. Adding to her resume, Anita recently became a contributing fashion editor at Curve, the nation’s best selling lesbian magazine.

DapperQ: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website

Sadie Edwards

Sadie Edwards is an independent film producer, performance artist and occasional TV recapper living in New Orleans Louisiana. After working several years in mainstream Film Production she started her own production company Tall Girl Media in order to tell stories that better represent trans identities.

Elke

Elke is a 21 year old Youtuber from The Netherlands. She is often seen fangirling on Twitter and Youtube, trying not to be too salty.

Gretchen Ellis

Gretchen Ellis is a writer, podcaster, and media critic. She is a managing editor for The Fandomentals, where she writes about books, television shows, and films with an emphasis on LGBTQ media, dissecting Grimdark, and the ethics of storytelling. She aspires to publishing Science-Fiction and Fantasy literature featuring LGBTQ characters and is revising her first novel. She also cohosts Ladies, a podcast celebrating all kinds of wlw ships and the culture of femslash, and The Fandomentalist, a podcast investigating all aspects of geeky media.

Rowan Ellis

Rowan Ellis runs her own YouTube channel, where she critiques media and pop culture through a feminist and queer lens. Last year she helped start the FemTube movement supporting women creators on YouTube. She now runs the fortnightly #femtubechat, and has been commissioned by Google’s YouTube Space in London and Vidcon in Los Angeles to create a “Women on YouTube” workshop to facilitate collaboration and mentoring on the platform.

P. Kristen Enos

Kristen is a long-time writer and activist in a variety of projects and genres. Her latest credits are Active Voice The Comic Collection: The Real Life Adventures Of An Asian-American, Lesbian, Feminist Activist And Her Friends! and the feminist and queer comic series Web Of Lives. She’s also written the fantasy novels Creatures Of Grace and The Queens And Kings Of The Seas, both Pacific Book Awards – Fantasy Finalists.

Vivienne Errington-Barnes

Vivienne Errington-Barnes was headhunted from an Investment Bank where she was running the Commercial department by the CEO of HER Social App. HER has over 1.6m users in over 55 countries and is the largest LGBTQ dating and social networking app. She is now the Global Events and Community Manager and runs a team of 35, focused on events, partnerships and social media.

WeAreHer: Website

Bonnie Ferrar

Bonnie Ferrar is the owner & managing editor of Ferrar Copywriters, an online social media & content development company. Her ‘No Chill’ attitude in life turned into ‘No Chill’ in fandom this year with Wynonna Earp. She runs the Wynonna Fans twitter account, co-hosts the Tales of the Black Badge podcast, and co-hosts the Whiskey & Doughnuts video hangout.

Wynonna Earp Fans: Twitter | Website

Jennifer Fitzpatrick

Jennifer Fitzpatrick is an author and freelance editor living in Knoxville Tennessee with her husband, son, and two retired greyhounds. Her Young Adult novel MARIAN, a gender-flipped Robin Hood retelling, was called one of the most anticipated LGBTQ releases of 2016 by Barnes and Noble’s YA blogger, Dahlia Adler. Her passions are books, bisexual representation, and cookies.

Melinda Fox

Melinda is Co-Founder and CEO of Tanji, a woman-owned and led social purpose company building the first app mobilizing a consumer-movement for women making film, TV and online content. Tanji will debut at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017 and is a partnership with award winning producers, Tangerine Entertainment.

Tanji: Facebook | Twitter | Website

April Funiestas

A life long fangirl and maker of vids.

Amber Garza

By day, Amber negotiates translation rights at Sequential Rights, a literary licensing agency specializing in comic books. By night (and weekends and birthdays and holidays), she is also a Coordinator with Geeks OUT, a national non-profit which rallies, empowers, and promotes the queer geek community. She also helps organize Geeks OUT’s annual queer geek convention, Flame Con. Comics definitely made her queer.

Geeks OUT: Facebook | Twitter | Website
Sequential Rights: Instagram | Website

Charlotte Glasser

Bicoastal, creative director and event producer – Charlotte Glasser is a successful entrepreneur and award winning MC and storyteller. Charlotte is a proud LGBTQ community member, valuing community over competition.

Hot Rabbit: Website
The Vintage Brands: Website

Ashley Guillory

Ashley R. Guillory is a storyboard artist, illustrator, and cartoonist. She has contributed work to queer comics publisher Stacked Deck Press as well as FilthyFigments.Com. She is currently doing work for Mid-World Productions and Fox.

Mindy Gulati

Mindy Gulati is the Founder and President of Fundamental Advisory, a consulting firm focused on advising businesses, organizations and educational institutions on issues related to Diversity, Inclusion, and Implicit Bias. Mindy is an attorney, mother, activist and educator.

Fundamental Advisory: Facebook | Website

Sally Heaven

Sally is a co-founder of Fangirl Shirts, a company that makes awesome shirts by, for, and about awesome women. She’s a total fangirl for Canadian TV, strong female characters, and authentic, three-dimensional LGBTQ representation.

Fangirl Shirts: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website

Christine Hipp

Christine Hipp is as brilliant and talented as she is beautiful. Known for her web comic Bounty Hunter Space Besties, she uses her comic making prowess to weave tales overflowing with sass, charm, and adventure. She writes, she draws, she crushes the patriarchy!

Bounty Hunter Space Besties: Facebook | Website

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is a senior editor at Autostraddle, the world’s largest and most popular website for queer women. She’s also a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a winner of a Plain English Campaign Award. Her work on queer women in pop culture has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, on Buzzfeed, Jezebel, Mic, and in Yale’s Q Magazine.

Autostraddle: Website

Linnea Jalando-on

Professional Digital Artist, Amateur Fan Artist.

Jessica Kath

Writer, researcher, American ex-pat in London. LGBT Fans Deserve Better.


LGBT Fans Deserve Better: Twitter | Website

Elizabeth Keener

Elizabeth Keener is an actor and producer best know for playing Dawn Denbo in The L-Word. Her newest project is called Outspoken Radio Show on UBN Radio. She is currently working with Bento Box entertainment on her own animated series. Keener can be seen in Tello films web series Skirtchasers.

Outspoken: Instagram | Twitter

Noel Kirkpatrick

Noel is an editor, writer, and podcaster on the web.

Kate Kulzick

Kate Kulzick is a freelance TV critic and podcaster who strives, with her podcast The Televerse, to discover, discuss, and champion the best television has to offer.

The Televerse: Facebook | Twitter | Website

Debbie-jean Lemonte

Debbie-jean Lemonte is a Lifestyle Photographer and Writer, who advocates for People of Color + the LGBTQ community through her art and through public speaking opportunities. After graduating with a degree in Dance and Psychology, she focused her passion for both studies and infused it with her art, using it as a therapy for individuals who have suffered emotional/mental trauma. Her photography has been featured in GQ Report, Timberland, Huffington Post, DapperQ, Go Magazine, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Mic, to name a few. Her photography series, We Are Queens, has been recently featured on renown site, ForHarriet, receiving various praises for its inspiration to women of color. Debbie’s enthusiasm for inciting ingenuity is a combination of fashion, media, art, and travel.

DAG IMAGES: Facebook | Instagram | Website

Bridget Liszewski

Bridget Liszewski is the Editor in Chief at The TV Junkies where she channels her passion for television into covering some of her favorite aspects about the medium. An advocate of both Canadian and US television, she strives to make The TV Junkies a place for fellow enthusiasts to connect.

The TV Junkies: Website

Emily London

Emily London is a bookseller in the Children & Teens department at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the MA in publishing from Rosemont College. When not handselling books on the floor, she uses her expertise to write LGBTQ & young adult fiction recommendations for multiple outlets and reviews yuri anime & manga for Girls in Capes (girlsincapes.com).

Megan Ludwa

Megan started her YouTube channel, Gal Pash, with her wife Rachel in 2015 to celebrate queer ladies in the media. When she isn’t busy getting emotional about fictional characters on TV, she dedicates her time on getting emotional about the characters she writes in her books.

Tara Lynne

Tara Lynne is an event planner, a fandom and geek culture expert, and a public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning. Additionally, she is co-administrator of the popular geek media website The Geekiary. Tara has spoken about geek culture at San Diego Comic-Con, C2E2, Dragon Con, Ohio State University, TedX Sarasota, and more. Her debut novel, The Way of Reckoning, was published in December 2014.

Saga Event Planning: Website
The Geekiary: Website

Megan Madrigal

Megan Madrigal, also known as ‘ZombieTeddie’, is a Southern California based digital artist. Her talent isn’t limited to just digital art, spilling over to traditional painting, jewelry making, cosplay, & much more!

Personal: Tapastic
Ladybugs: Website

Andi Marquette

Andi Marquette writes science fiction, mysteries, and romance. When she’s not doing that, she’s fangirling at the popular blogsite she co-admins, Women and Words, as well as podcasting about many things queer rep and lesfic. She also edits at the spec fic ezine Luna Station Quarterly. Sometimes she even sleeps.

Women and Words: Website

Lily R. Mason

Lily R. Mason is an author from California. She has written several sapphic books and fanfiction including, Taking the Long Way, Me and You and Daisies, Wherever the Dandelion Falls, and Lilies of the Bowery. She has written novels about queer women in many genres: coming of age, domestic drama, multiple realities, and historical romance. Her goal as a writer is to give voice to the women who are often written out of other stories.

Bridget McManus

Bridget McManus is a television host, comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, director and Vice President of Development attellofilms.com. Her award winning romantic drama web series “Maybelle,” which she penned, stars in and co-produced, is currently being made into a feature film and will begin shooting in 2017.​

Tellofilms: Website

Neil McNeil

Neil McNeil is a writer, activist, and obsessive tweeter who spends his free time making YouTube videos and fighting the patriarchy. He also loves coffee and all things queer.

Whitney Mixter

Whitney Mixter is best known for her roles on Showtime’s The Real L Word and VH1’s Couples Therapy. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is in entertainment and has a career as an event producer, including the women’s weekend Krave Spring Break in Palm Springs, CA.

Krave Spring Break: Website

Joelle Monique

Joelle Monique is the West Coast Correspondent for Black Girl Nerds. Along with film reviews, podcasts, and festival coverage she is passionate about intersectionality, queer representation, and comic books. When she’s not at BGN you can find her on AfterBuzz TV hosting shows for Orphan Black, Gotham, Archer, Riverdale, and The Magicians.

BlackGirlNerds: Website

Nancylee Myatt

Nancylee Myatt is a writer/producer for television and the web.

Television writing and producing credits include Night Court, Living Single, Social Studies, which she created, the Nikki & Nora pilot for UPN, and South of Nowhere, where she served as showrunner & Co-Executive Producer. Nancylee co-created, wrote & produced three hit web-series, 3 Way, Cowgirl Up seasons 1 & 2, and Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files for tellofilms.com. Nancylee is currently developing several TV pilots and web series, and promises that none of the lesbian characters will be randomly killed.​

Eve Ng

Eve Ng is an assistant professor in Media Arts and Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University. Her research on media representation and fandom includes work on LGBTQ digital media, queer content production for U.S. networks, lesbian fan videos, and queerbaiting. Television catnip: scifi and female heroes.

Profile at Ohio University: Website

Merika Palmiste

Androgynous human bean / LGBTQ activist / EVENT Director / Model – SURFACE MODELS / Reality Star

Vanessa Piazza

Named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of Canada’s most promising upcoming executives, Piazza was executive producer for the hit supernatural series Lost Girl, and most recently, the first two seasons of the sci-fi series Dark Matter. Both series focus on strong female characters and stories, which Piazza is passionate about.

Having participated in several panels at San Diego Comic Con as moderator and panelist, Piazza loves interacting with fellow creatives and fans.

Currently, Piazza has several projects in development.

Dana Piccoli

Dana Piccoli is a pop culture critic and entertainment writer and a contributor to such fine sites as The Mary Sue, TV Junkies, ScreenerTV, The Portalist, Curve Magazine and more. She’s been writing about queer pop culture and television for five years and got her start at AfterEllen. She is currently the new Managing Editor of the Blog at Bella Books. She’s also a giant fangirl.

Bella Books: Website

Alexia Prichard

Documentary filmmaker focusing on science, biography and social and environmental justice. In production on Clexa Is Ours: On the Need for Balanced Cultural Representation in Television.

Closed Loop Films: Website

Dina Proto

Dina Proto is an author, speaker and cultivator who utilizes her nursing education and skills to provide insight and education to doctors, nurses, teachers, psychologists, hospitals, insurance companies, media, and government about the healthcare complications that arise when a child’s personal identity is invalidated based on society norms and the necessity to work in tandem to provide insight to all caregivers and influencers including families. Dina Proto is Owner and CEO of Teazled Greeting Cards and Gifts which provides inclusive products for the LGBTQ community, their families and friends. She is also the Founder of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV) which advances the prosperity, equality and inclusivity of Nevada’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied business community.

Teazled: Facebook | Website

Kris Quan

Kris is the co-producer and co-host of the ASK Genre TV family of podcasts, including Lost Girl podcast ‘Drinks at The Dal’ and Orphan Black podcast ‘Tatiana Is Everyone’.

ASKGentreTV: Twitter | Website

Francis Quintero

Francis Q. is an illustrator, animator and comic creator living in Los Angeles California. She draws and writes LGBTQ friendly comics on her spare time.

Maya Reddy

Maya Reddy, a professional golfer, stand-up comic, and fangirl. She spent 4 years writing and researching the implications of queer representation on legislation for her thesis, and is an active member of the non-profit LGBT organization Athlete Ally.

Rin

Australian. Fandom Lifer. Screams too much.

Sofia Rojas

Sofia is a 23 year old, born and raised in Toronto, who decided it would be a great idea to put her embarrassing reactions out there on Youtube. Her love for Clexa is an obsession but fortunately, it has introduced her to amazing people.

Becca Roth

Becca Roth is an award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker who has written and directed three independent films that have screened at film festivals and in communities nationwide. After touring the country with her debut documentary feature, One: A Story of Love and Equality, Becca worked at CNN, creating original short-form documentary series centered around themes similar to the documentary: building bridges between people on opposite sides of different social and political issues. Becca is currently working for an Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaking team, while starting research on her next documentary feature and penning a narrative feature screenplay.

Tip Jar Films: Website
One: A Story of Love and Equality: Website

Dany Roth

Dany Roth has been a contributing editor for Syfy Wire since 2011 and has written for IDW Comics, Zenescope, and the BBC. Dany is also a secret sailor Scout. Shhh…

Blastr: Website

Ashley Rubay

Ashley Rubay is a published writer and comic creator living in Los Angeles. As a member of the Los Angeles Women’s Comic Creator League, affectionately nicknamed The Ladybugs, she has been on podcasts and webcasts promoting gender inclusivity and LGBTQ representation in comics and other media. When she isn’t teaching high schoolers or writing at her computer, she can be found at home with her awesome wife and their cats.

The Ladybugs: Instagram | Twitter | Website

Mey Valdivia Rude

Mey Valdivia Rude is a trans Latina lesbian who has been writing about trans issues, pop culture and trans representation in media since she came out. She’s the Trans Editor at Autostraddle.com and has written and spoken across the internet and the country.

Autostraddle: Website

Sonya Saturday

Sonya Saturday is a Los Angeles-based cartoonist. She uses adult humor in her work to explore love, sex, gender and politics. Sonya regularly attends comic book conventions throughout Southern California, often speaking on panels related to queer comics and social issues.

Margeaux Simms

Artist, Singer, songwriter, TV personality, YouTuber, Entrepreneur, and Reality TV star (VH1’s Love And Hip Hop Atlanta, WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp)

Margeaux aka Margo Simms bridges the gap of Reality TV and reality as an artist using the platform. A Canadian Jamaican, Margeaux’s single “Start a War” blew up on the Reality TV show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta; her song transcended the show and the audience. Margeaux proved that not all we see is true in the world of entertainment by rising above the mayhem. She came out on TV and stands up for love. Later she released her second single “Girl on the Left”. Not shy of controversy she appeared on Marriage Bootcamp earlier this year before releasing her single “Want you Need You”. Her visual EP Black Cocaine will be out later in 2017, released through HouseofMargeaux. Margeaux is a real artist who stands the test of time no alternative facts with the music.

Personal: SoundCloud

Annie Smith

Annie is part of the ASK Genre TV family of podcasts in which Annie, Stephanie, and Kris talk about some of their favorite sci-fi and fantasy TV shows. An enthusiast of attending genre conventions and TV shows, in particular XenaLost Girl and Wynonna Earp, Annie lives in the Bay Area in California.

ASK Genre TV: Website

Chelsea Steiner

Chelsea Steiner lives in sunny Los Angeles, where she works as a screenwriter/blogger/sex educator. Her work has appeared on Jezebel, AfterEllen and AutoStraddle. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

Christine Svendsen

Christine Svendsen, also writing as award winning, international bestselling author, Isabella, is the Owner and Publisher of Sapphire Books Publishing, The Gem in Lesbian Publishing. She is a member of the Rainbow Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Golden Crown Literary Society. She has also been a triangle speaker, speaking to college students about LGBTQ issues. As an author she has written 12 novels and is working on her 13th, Cigar Baron’s – a family saga where blood isn’t thicker than water, not when it comes to a family dynasty. It’s due out late 2017.

Sapphire Books Publishing: Facebook | Twitter | Website

Tara Stuart

Tara is a television producer, freelance journalist and member of the LGBT Fans Deserve Better movement, an organization aimed at raising awareness and educating about the current state of LGBTQ representation in the media.

LGBT Fans Deserve Better: Twitter | Website

Kayla Sutton

Social Media Curator/Podcast Co-Host for Black Girl Nerds and BGNPodcast.

BlackGirlNerds: Website

Chloe Tse

Chloe Tse is a gaysian journalist, co-founder of TheFeminismProject.com, a media critic and a social justice warrior. She’s served on advocacy boards in Toronto and lives for her activism. Also, she’s a mom to a bad beagle.

The Feminism Project: Website

Yael Tygiel

Yael Tygiel is a TV addict and host for AfterBuzzTV, as well as her own site, yael.tv. Her TV watching habits range from Doctor Who to Switched at Birth to Law & Order: SVU. When not watching TV for work, Yael can be found watching TV for fun. Keep up with her on Twitter & Instagram.

Elizabeth Vlasoff

Elizabeth is a life-long gamer with a keen interest in the cultural relevance of video games as a medium. She is currently a managing editor and writer for the small but growing fandom site The Fandomentals.

The Fandomentals: Website

Alex Westmore

Linda Kay Silva (Alex Westmore) is a 5 Time award winning author of over 30 novels who is involved in animal rescue, who rides a Harley, and who travels all over the globe. LK/Alex loves to laugh more than anything else.

Stan Zimmerman

Stan is a writer/director/producer/teacher. He has worked on such classic tv shows as The Golden Girls, Roseanne (the infamous lesbian kiss episode), Gilmore Girls and both Brady Bunch movies. He wrote and directed on 2 tellofilms series —Skirtchasers and secs & EXECS.