Speakers & Panelists

Speakers and panelists scheduled to appear at ClexaCon London

Dr. Erika Abad

Dr. Erika Abad

Panels: Academic Lab,Teaching panel, Queer People of Color Representation; QPOC Meetup, Vida: Family, Love & Identity (Moderator)

Dr. Erika G Abad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Residence for the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She has participated at the past two conventions and will be speaking about the volunteer course she developed to bring students to ClexaCon.

Anisha Adusumilli

Panels: BIFL Panel

Anisha has been featured in a number of popular TV Shows including Speechless, Lucifer, Days of Our Lives, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS: Los Angeles, and more. Her short film, First Date, that she wrote, directed, produced and acted in went to multiple festivals and won Best Short Short at the Broad Humor Film Festival. She is so excited to share BIFL: The Series!

Miko Alicea

Panels: Creating Inclusive Books and Podcasts

Miko Alicea is a writer, researcher, educator, and historian. She writes about the history of sexuality on her website Sexual History Tour. She has written articles and spoken on podcasts about sex positivity and sex education.

Abbey Allen

Abbey Allen

Panels: Behind the Scenes: Trans People in Media

Actress, model, improvisational performer, stage combatant, small time stunts, artist, and a Proud Army Veteran. Should also include a nerdy goof ball.

Kimberly Amato

Kimberly Amato

Panels: Queer Women Writers Workshop

Drawing from her award-winning career both behind and in front of the camera compounded with her classical training in Forensic Psychology, Kimberly Amato turns to the printed word offering a uniquely alternative view of the character-driven thriller rooted firmly in a reality that is as plausible as it is riveting.

Valerie Anne

Valerie Anne

Panels: Recapping Queer TV

Valerie Anne is a TV Writer and Social Media Co-Editor at Autostraddle, recapping shows like Wynonna Earp, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and more. One time Emily Andras rated one of her recaps an A-, saying, “Beautifully written…could use two more boob jokes.”

John Arrow

John Arrow

Panels: Aromantic and/or Asexual Meetup; Trans Representation in Media

John is a transmasculine fan from Seattle with a deep love of television, cons, and fandom. He is the founder of the multi-fandom femslash con, TGI Femslash (TGIF/F), and wishes he had more time to vid and write fic. When not crying over OTPs, he can be found teaching 7-year-olds how to solve math word problems about his OTPs.

Kevin Bachelder

Kevin Bachelder

Panels: Tales of the Black Badge Live

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 an annual speaker at Dragon Con. Kevin co-hosts the “Tales Of The Black Badge” and “Buffy Earpers” podcasts and the “Whiskey and Doughnuts” fan video hangouts in the Wynonna Earp fandom.

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Marina Rice Bader

Marina Rice Bader

Panels: Budgeting (Creator Lab), Casting Your Project (Creator Lab) Directing Sex Scenes,From Concept to Realization – Making something out of nothing, Queer to Stay: The Future of Indie Cinema

Marina Rice Bader founded Soul Kiss Films in 2009, an independent company dedicated to producing compelling movies with a unique focus on the female experience. She executive produced Elena Undone and A Perfect Ending then went on to write/direct/produce Anatomy of a Love Seen, Raven’s Touch and Ava’s Impossible ThingsMarina is currently developing Alien Jane at the Shangri-La, a futuristic film with an all-female cast, American Ryder, a female-driven action film, and Aubrey Goes Down, a 6-episode limited series. All three projects are under the banner of her new production company Play Big Pictures, producing bold universal stories told through a female lens. Marina also proudly serves on the board of directors for OUTFEST, a year-round organization dedicated to protecting, nurturing and showcasing LGBTQ moving images.

Kelsey Bailey

Kelsey Bailey

Panel: Comedy Night

Kelsey is a writer/comedian/improv teacher living in Brooklyn. She is a co-producer and cast member of the monthly LGBTQIA+ improv show, Here & Queer, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. Her work has appeared on Splitsider, Funny or Die, WhoHaHa, The Daily Dot, and more. She is almost always dehydrated!

Amelia Bane

Amelia Bane

Panel: Comedy Night

Amelia Bane is a Brooklyn-based comedian who performs improv with We Will Slay and Hot Boss. She co-created, produces and hosts (brooklyn) World Tour a traveling variety show that brings comedy, poetry, and music to living rooms all over Brooklyn.

Amelia serves on the board of Community Building Art Works, a charitable organization that provides arts programs and events for veterans to express themselves and connect with their communities.

Rebecca Barrick

Rebecca Barrick

Panel: Queer Lady Business

Rebecca Barrick is the Co-founder and Canadian half of Fangirl Shirts. The lack of positive LGBTQ representation on TV in her childhood has been a powerful motivator for Rebecca to support and promote tv, movies, and webseries that are doing it right, today. Rebecca has a passion for marine science and conservation, and lives in Vancouver Canada with her three awesome kids.

Krystal Banzon

Krystal Banzon

Panel: How I Got That Gig: Queer Television Writers

Krystal Banzon likes writing about relationships, preferably gay ones (not mandatory), family dynamics, and the circle of life/parent-child stories. This is probably because she and her wife (yes, queer) have three little kiddos (6, 4 and 4 – yes, twins.) She started as a theater director in NYC, went to Tisch, and worked in Diversity at NBC both in Corporate and at the Network. She was the Manager of the NBC Writers on the Verge program and at the same time was a Fellow in the CBS Writing Program. She just wrapped season one of the new NBC comedy I FEEL BAD.

Kia Barnes

Kia Barnes

Panel: Queerer than Thou & Creative Activism

Kia Barnes, an Atlanta based Comedian and advocate, hosts unique and engaging LGBTQ events, including “Lez Laugh” Comedy Shows and The Andro Fashion Show, across the country! Kia’s ultimate goal is to foster unity and diversity within the LGBTQ community. Her events embody that diversity and reflect the melting pot that makes up the LGBTQ community. Simply put, Kia Comedy is not just jokes!

Stephen Barney

Stephen Barney

Panel: Academic Lab

I am a Teach For America Alumni and English teacher at the i3 Learn Academy at Mike O’Callaghan Middle School. Through my experiences with Teach For America, i have been able to educate fellow and future teachers on how best to support LGBTQ+ students. At my school, I serve as the adviser of the Equality Club, which serves to promote the message of acceptance of all identities. I have been able to use this platform to help my students embrace their identity, as well as the identities of others.

Georgia Beers

Georgia Beers

Panels: Strong Women in LGBTQ Fiction, Romance Between the (Book) Covers

Georgia Beers is a Lambda, Foreword Book of the Year, and Goldie award-winning author of lesbian romance. She resides in upstate New York where she was born and raised. When not writing, she enjoys too much TV, too little wine, not enough time at the gym. She is currently hard at work on her next book. You can visit her and find out more at www.georgiabeers.com.

Edie Bellini

Edie Bellini

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

Edie Bellini is an intersectional feminist showgirl with roots in the Savannah, GA gender non-conforming drag collective The House of Gunt (performing under the name Kia Sedona). Beginning her glitzy journey in 2013, this multi-talented performer dazzles audiences with her swingin’ dance moves, eccentric act concepts, and high-energy burlesque style–as well as her queer-centric stand up comedianne skills behind the mic. She has performed alongside the likes of Sasha Velour, Yuhua Hamasaki, Suicide Girls Blackhearts Burlesque Tour, and on renowned stages such as the Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival, Asheville Americana & Sideshow Festival, and Texas Queerlesque Festival.

Paige Bernhardt

Paige Bernhardt

Panel: Speed Pitching: From Pitch to Production

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 5th season of “NCIS: New Orleans” for CBS.

Virginia Black

Virginia Black

Panel: DETACHMENT: A Staged Reading

Virginia Black is an author (BIG CITY BLUES) and screenwriter (DETACHMENT THE SERIES) dedicated to creating content about and for women loving women.

Stevie Boebi

Panel: Disabled and LGBT+

Stevie is a queer & disabled youtuber who creates videos on lesbian sex ed, relationships, and dating.

Ronnie Bonneville

Ronnie Bonneville

Panel: Pitch Perfect! The Art of Storytelling

Ronnie B is a business owner, writer, and fledgling podcaster with 15 years of experience in content and brand strategy and creative production. Her 15 minutes of fame include a Power Lesbians feature with fellow panelist Mona Elyafi in afterellen and having her wedding photo with wife Monica Salamy featured in Huffpost.

Abbie Bosworth

Panel: Queer Representation in Music

Abbie Bosworth is best known for her YouTube channel, which currently has more than 16,000 subscribers, and features videos on topics such as identity, creativity, and psychology, along with a number of original songs. Abbie released her debut EP Types in the spring of 2018, which is made up of 9 songs inspired by the 9 Enneagram types. She has another EP scheduled to come out on April 5th of 2019, and another later in the year.

Melissa Brayden

Melissa Brayden

Panel: Romance Between the (Book) Covers

Melissa Brayden is a multi-award winning author of lesbian and bisexual romance, embracing the full-time writer’s life in San Antonio, Texas and enjoying every minute of it. With fourteen books now published with Bold Strokes Books and many more to come, Melissa loves her job and hopes to tell stories for as long as the world will listen.

Ellie Brigida

Ellie Brigida

Panels: Podcasting 101

Ellie Brigida is a music producer in Boston. She also happens to be a lover of all things lesbian which she talks about on Lez Hang Out, a lesbian podcast featuring prominent members of the LGBTQ community and discussing topics that affect all women who love other women.

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

Panels: Romance Between the (Book) Covers

Lammy and Goldie Finalist, Kris Bryant writes contemporary romance for Bold Strokes Books. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys reading, writing, binge watching TV shows (#WynonnaEarp, #TheWalkingDead, #GOT, #longlist), hiking, photography, and traveling. She is currently working on her tenth full length novel.

Diana Calica

Diana Calica

Panels: Queer Representation in Music

Asian American, Bay Area native, Diana is currently working on a degree in Music Education. She has been involved in several college productions of classical operas and is currently the vocal percussionist for the San Francisco based, a capella vocal jazz ensemble, The Holloways. Her most recent research focuses on incorporating social justice into music education.

Stacy Jill Calvert

Stacy Jill Calvert

Panels: How I Got That Gig: Queer Television Writers

Stacy is a filmmaker/educator who lives in Los Angeles with her wife and two cats ( aka little monsters). Stacy is the Film Festival Coordinator for the ClexaCon Film Festival and is a leader of the Los Angeles chapter of the Cinefemme Directors Collective. Her second short film, The Bra Mitzvah is currently production and coming to a festival near you in 2020! 

Sam Campbell

Sam Campbell

Panel: Decolonizing Queer Spaces

Sam Campbell is a Two Spirit Scholar who works close with I.A.M. (Intertribal Alliance Movement, pronounced “I am”). Most of their American Indian Studies work centers around decolonization and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Sam has also given a TEDx talk on the Gender Universe. They try to always use their platform to raise awareness about race, gender, and sexuality. Sam is also here representing Slakgedakru.

Noelle Carbone

Noelle Carbone

Panel: Lexa’s Legacy, How I Got That Gig: Queer TV Writers

Noelle Carbone is a screenwriter, producer and inadvertent activist who spent her formative writing years working on the hit tv series, Rookie Blue (ABC/Global). She was also a writer and co-executive producer on Cardinal (CTV), Coroner (CBC) and the People’s Choice Award winning series Wynonna Earp (Syfy/Space).

Carbone is one of the co-authors of the “Lexa Pledge” – a guideline for writers and creators who are committed to producing meaningful arcs for LGBTQ characters.

She is a graduate of the Humber College Film & Television Production program and did her BA at the University of Western Ontario where she played varsity soccer and studied Media, Information and Technoculture (whatever that is).

Adriana Chavez

Adriana Chavez

Panel: Queer Women and Trans People in Theatre

I am a queer Chicana. I also self-identify as Latinx and a person of color. I go by the She series. I was born and raised in Southern CA and am the daughter of immigrants from Michocan, Mexico. I currently live in Las Vegas as a performer, visual artist and community advocate. I am in the process of developing my own theatre company that will represent marginalized voices, particularly, but not limited to, Latinx perspectives.

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Diane Chen

Diane Chen

Panel: Queer Women and Trans People in the Performing Arts

Diane Chen is an award-winning multidisciplinary filmmaker & theater artist based in NYC. Their award-winning series Here We Wait has garnered 31 nominations so far on the festival circuit – including a win for Diane as Best Supporting Actress at Brooklyn Webfest and a Best Lead Actress: Drama nomination at the IAWTV Awards, in addition to many producer wins. Upcoming, they are producing and starring in Sideways Smile, a series about an Asian-American female in her comedic journey discovering her sexuality, and is a recipient of the Made in NY Women’s Fund for Film, Television, and Theatre. You can also catch them on Season 3 of High Maintenance! Education: Dartmouth College, LAMDA, BLCU.

Jaclyn Chessen

Jaclyn Chessen

Panels: Passage, Making your first Short Film, Budgeting

Director Jaclyn Chessen is a filmmaker, artist, and owner of To-Enfro Productions based out of Southern California. Her work in the industry spans over 15 years, from her beginnings in publicity for Miramax to founding her own production company. She was writer and director on the feature film “Shock Attack” (Worldwide Film Entertainment), shorts “Deprivation” and “Dark Hole”, and series “POV: In the Shadows” and currently has a feature film in development.

Donna Choo

Donna Choo

Panels: The Secrets of Writing a Properly Formatted Script

Donna Choo is a writer/director of Japanese, Korean, and Hawaiian heritage. She has worked as Story Editor at both TriStar and Columbia Pictures before heading up MGM’s Story department as Director of Creative Affairs and is currently a Story Analyst with Paramount Pictures. Committed to telling stories about women, of all ages, and people of color, Donna is developing a slate of feature narratives and co-directing the animated short “Poly/Amorous.” As a Film Independent Fellow, Donna wrote “Care” during her fellowship year, which continues to enjoy its film festival run and will screen at Clexacon and the London Independent Film Festival 2019.

Jane Clark

Jane Clark

Panels: Pitching to investors/pitch deck, I made my project – now what?, Queer to Stay: The Future of Indie Cinema

Jane has made 8 shorts and 3 features, winning 18 awards and 8 nominations by envisioning strong characters in visceral environments. She worked with actors such as Lukas Haas, David Arquette, Tom Sizemore, Candis Cayne, Necar Zadegan and Wilson Cruz, as well as Emmy-winning sound wizard, Andy D’Addario (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Emmy-winning DP Per Larsson (“The Amazing Race”) and composer Curt Smith (co-founder – Tears for Fears). Her experience has recently extended into VR with a horror short based on her feature script DON’T COME OVER, written with Guinevere Turner (AMERICAN PSYCHO, CHARLIE SAYS) and the web-series world with a spin-off of her CRAZY BITCHES franchise, which will release in Spring 2019. She is also currently editing her 8th short film and has 3 features, 2 television series, and 3 web-series in development.

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Kylee Cline

Kylee Cline

Panel: #SocialMediaBoss: How to Run Social Media Like a Pro

Kylee is a Social Media Consultant who specializes in quality audience growth, personal branding, and digital innovation. In addition to her social media skills, she has experience in photography, graphic design, and video production. Kylee graduated from Colorado Mesa University in December 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, and has worked closely with members of the LGBTQ community in growing their online presence.

Shelbie Cohen

Shelbie Cohen

Panel: LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: TV Scoring/Butch Representation: Invisible Women in Media

Shelbie is an engineer and Board Director for LGBT Fans Deserve Better non-profit organization. One of her current projects is working with the organization to design, build, and implement the TV Scoring Database, an important tool to enable the organization and community. The goal is to provide clear objective data to help illustrate the discrepancies of representation in media.

Jenn Colella

Jenn Colella

Panel: Queer Women and Trans People in Theatre

Jenn Colella currently stars in the Tony Award winning smash hit musical COME FROM AWAY on Broadway in a performance that garnered her the 2017 Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination. She has also starred in several other Broadway shows: IF/THEN (with Idina Menzel), CHAPLIN, HIGH FIDELITY and URBAN COWBOY. TV credits include “Feed The Beast,” “Elementary,” “Rescue Me,” “All My Children,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Code.”

Caitlin Combe

Caitlin Combe

Panels: Crowdfunding Dos and Don’ts, The Secrets of Writing a Properly Formatted Script, Budgeting

Caitlin is an Irish citizen, born and raised in South East Asia and now resides as an independent film producer in Los Angeles. She had worked at Annapurna Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment and Management 360 before venturing off to produce the Streamy award nominated successful LGBTQ webseries “Twenty” on YouTube created by her girlfriend, Lily Richards.

Valerie Complex

Panel: Living at the Crossroads: Intersectionality in Queer Media, Mazikeen: The Devil in the Details (Moderator)

Valerie Complex, is a military veteran, turned freelance entertainment writer and movie nerd. As a lover of Japanese animation, comics, and all things film, she is passionate about inclusion across all entertainment mediums.

 

Kylie Condon

Kylie Condon

Panel: Working with Producers; The Secrets of Writing a Properly Formatted Script

Kylie Condon is a Chicago-born comedy writer based in Los Angeles. She has worked on multiple award-winning TV shows including 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. More recently, she was a writer on Disney’s Big City Greens and CMT’s Still the King. Kylie is currently writing a digital series for Above Average, Nylon Magazine, and Archer Gray called Astrotypes, and a Fox Digital project called LDR. In her spare time, she is a writer for an LGBTQ+ travel website.

 

Kiley Cristiano

Panel: SAG-AFTRA Contracts: Everything You Want to Know (but were afraid to ask); Female-focused Production Companies

Kiley Cristiano started her career in publicity at Paramount Pictures before joining Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she was involved in creating digital and traditional marketing initiatives for television shows and later oversaw marketing and creative for DVD and Blu-Ray titles. After leaving Sony, Ms. Cristiano worked in development and lit management for an independent production company. She came to SAG-AFTRA’s Television and New Media Entertainment Contracts department in 2016 as a signatory business representative, working with producers and studios to sign projects ranging from scripted Podcasts to high-budget New Media productions made for Netflix.

Hope Cronin

Hope Cronin

Panel: I made my project — now what?

Hope Cronin is an active duty military officer and public relations manager with eight years of experience leading national and global communication campaigns. She currently directs media outreach as a spokesperson for the Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Hope’s PR background and interest in LGBTQ market research drove her 2018 graduate research project, which features a comprehensive analysis of the queer women’s market. The study confirms there is always room for more queer content, so long as content creators know how to find and connect with their target audiences.

Heather Currie-Martinez

Heather Currie-Martinez

Panels: Mother Queerest, Queer Representation in Video Games, Invisible Women

Heather Currie-Martinez is the owner and editor of Maverick Gamers, an entertainment industry website with over 10,000 followers on Twitter. Ms. Currie-Martinez regularly attends and covers video game industry events, such as E3, GDC, and PAX and is also an avid gamer and influencer. She lives and works in Northern California.

Belinda D

Belinda D

Panels: StyriaTypical – A Carmilla Podcast (live)

Last year at ClexaCon Belinda decided to put her many years of fangirling experience to good use by starting a Carmilla themed podcast with her wife. When she’s not talking incessantly about that Canadian-web-series-that-could, she can be found gushing over her dog Lulu – the podcast’s official mascot.

Mona Darling

Mona Darling

Panels: Creating Inclusive Books and Podcasts

Mona Darling is a professional dominatrix and women and couples kink coach with over 20 years experience, author of a BDSM activity book – “Kinky Sex Tips for Curious Girls,” and co-owner of Sub Rosa located in Portland Oregon. A (not so) secret society that celebrates consensual BDSM and female empowerment, where classes, workshop and coaching take place in a fully equipped fetish space.

Rachel Davidson Leigh

Panels: Power of Joy in Queer Media

Rachel is the YA author of HOLD–out now from @interludepress/@Duetbooks and the winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award. She write books about queer teens in love.

Cat Davis

Panels: Happy Wife, Happy Life

Cat Davis is an LA-based TV writer and performer. She has worked as a writer for the Disney Channel and has appeared on Showtime, Lifetime, LOGO and the CW. Stand-up credits include LOGO’s “One Night Stand-Up” and “One Night Stand-Up After Dark”, LA Comedy Festival, Eagle Rock Comedy Festival (winner “Best of the Fest”), The Laugh Factory, The Improv, Ventura Harbor Comedy Club and the Here/Queer Comedy Tour. As a contributor for AfterEllen.com she was the host of “Cat on the Prowl” and co-host of “Is This Awesome?!” (with Fortune Feimster) and “We Have Issues” (with Bridget McManus), as well as a longtime member of the legendary dance troupe Dance Magic.

Lagueria Davis

Panels: The 2019 ClexaCon Film Festival Filmmaker Forum; QWOC Rep in media

Lagueria Davis is an award-winning writer/director. MAID OF DISHONOR a feature she co-wrote was a 2016 Nicholls Fellowship Quarter-Finalist. REMEMBER ME a pilot Davis wrote was a 2018 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition quarter-finalist. In addition, in 2013 THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY, a feature script placed in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Last year, Davis completed the short film LIGHT IN DARK PLACES, which hit the film festival circuit in 2019. Currently, Davis resides in LA where she’s on the board of the Alliance of Women Directors and Cinefemme.

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Christina de Leon

Christina de Leon

Panels: How I got that gig: Queer TV writers

Writer/director, Christina de Leon, recently wrapped her first network staffing job on CW’s iZombie. Before then, she wrote for the first season of MGM and Lightworkers’ The Baxters. Christina is a product of DIY film school. You can see more of her work at nastyhabitstv.com

Dakota DeBellis

Dakota DeBellis

Panels: Queer to Stay: The Future of Indie Cinema

Dakota DeBellis is the Creative Executive for Blue Spruce Productions (Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Book of Mormon), where she is developing the stage adaptations for such beloved properties as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Thelma & Louise, along with several upcoming film and TV projects including the best-selling scifi novel, Station Eleven. She previously spent three years at CAA working with writers and directors for film, television sports and theatre. Her favorite movie is Black Swan, which she’s seen over ten times. She is based in New York City and is a self-identified Slytherin.

Stefani Deoul

Stefani Deoul

Panels: Creator’s Lab / Other Panels TBD

Stefani Deoul is a television executive, producer, and award-winning novelist. As an executive Stefani has built successful co-production companies and production slates, partnering with international broadcasters and producers in over 15 countries. As a producer, Stefani has delivered more than two-hundred hours of television including HAVEN, DEAD ZONE, DRESDEN FILES and MISSING. As a novelist, she writes the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures (ON A LARP, ZERO SUM GAME), featuring self-described ‘lesbionic brainiac’ Sidonie “Sid” Rubin. Stefani’s current film and television slate includes projects in development with both the BBC and eOne. And one “fun” tidbit, Stefani became a voice-over actress, voicing radio dispatcher, “Laverne,” throughout the series run of HAVEN.

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Jade Jenise Dixon

Jade Jenise Dixon

Panels: Queer People of Color Representation, From Concept to Realization – Making something out of nothing!

Jade Jenise Dixon is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA. Jade’s first feature film as a writer/ director/ producer, TRUTH HALL, won five film festival awards and was in heavy rotation on the BET Network for several years. Jade also acted in the film, playing “Jazae,” the only lesbian character of the all-female ensemble. This role made TRUTH HALL wildly popular and reviered, especially amongst Queer People of Color. Truth Hall can be seen on Amazon Prime’s Urban Movie Channel.

Jade’s second feature film as writer/ director/ producer and star, Dog Park, also won several awards and is now streaming on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Cable on Demand, Tubi and the Dish Network. Jade is now in post-production on, Sunrise, a short film about experiencing the world from an enlightened perspective. Next on Jade’s slate, is a feature film dear to her heart entitled, Peony Park. The film is a true story about Jade’s life. Jade also has several film and television projects in development.

Isabel Dresler

Isabel Dresler

Panel: Sex Positive Media & Censorship

Isabel Dresler is a genderqueer award winning director, videographer and photographer based out of Las Vegas and Northern California. Though they have most recently been shooting primarily gay male content, Isabel has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of art and sexuality across all genres of adult film, as well as striving to create the safest, most enjoyable on set experience possible. When they’re not laying underneath the penetration holding a camera, Isabel enjoys exploring new places, adventuring with their dog and practicing shibari.

Joe Dunn

Joe Dunn

Panel: Misconceptions of the + in LGBTQ+

Joe is a queer Deaf Transguy from Scotland. His first language is Sign Language, his aim in life is to raise awareness about Deafness within the hearing community. He also creates art in sign language fingerspelling, usually within Carmilla and Earper fandoms.

Brianna Dym

Brianna Dym

Panel: Femslash Fandom as a Community of Support

Brianna Dym is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, working with Dr. Casey Fiesler in the Internet Rules Lab (IRL) as part of the Information Science Department. Her current research focuses empowering marginalized people with different technologies in addition to investigating ways to make online spaces safer for vulnerable and marginalized users.

Emmalie El Fadli

Emmalie El Fadli

Panel: The 2019 ClexaCon Film Festival Filmmaker Forum

Emmalie is a freelance editor based in London, who’s lived in Spain, France, and America. She’s normally known for her editing work but has recently picked up writing and directing as a way of creating the content she’s always wanted to see on our screens.

Victoria Stagg Elliott

Victoria Stagg Elliott

Panel: Creating Diverse Stories Without Tokenism

Victoria Stagg Elliott writes diverse lesbian fiction with her wife under the pen name Elizabeth Andre. This fiction has won several awards including a Goldie from the Golden Crown Literary Society. A former journalist with a degree in international journalism from City University in London, she has written for the Cambodia Daily, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Star, the National Enquirer, New Moon Magazine, Diva, Gay Times, the Chicago Tribune, and American Medical News.

Mona Elyafi

Mona Elyafi

Panel: Pitch Perfect! The Art of Storytelling

Mona Elyafi is the founder and CEO of ILDK Media, a boutique Entertainment Public Relations company. A widely respected expert in LGBTQ+ PR strategies with a focus on diversity & inclusion as well as global Women Empowerment campaigns. Elyafi’s portfolio features a wide array of LGBTQ+ projects that continuously focus on uplifting the community. From transgender activist Michaela Mendelsohn (Transcanwork), Mariah Hanson (The Dinah Shore Weekend), Christin Baker (tello films), Nik Kacy (Los Angeles Equality Fashion Week), to actress Marlene Forte (The Fosters, Mayans. M.C.) and ClexaCon (London & Las Vegas) among others, these are all LGBTQ+ PR campaigns that spark more than a dialogue about diversity and equality, they’re also leading the mainstream headlines making front-page news.

Elyafi was born in Beirut, Lebanon; grew up in Paris, France; studied at N.Y.U in New York City where she earned a Master’s degree; and resides in Los Angeles with her spouse and little Westie, George Michael aka “Georgie”.

Julia Ember

Julia Ember

Panel: The Power of Queer Joy In Media

Born in Chicago, but raised in London, Julia Ember now lives in Seattle with her wife-to-be and their city menagerie of pets with literary names. She is the author of The Seafarer’s Kiss duology published by Interlude Press. Her upcoming novel, Ruinsong, will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Kids in Winter 2020.

Amanda Embry

Amanda Embry

Panel: Propping Yourself Up

Amanda Embry is excited to be back at Clexacon. She is a lesbian Production Designer, who has designed over 300 shows, for theatre, film, and television all over the country. Embry now teaches the tricks she’s picked up from the professional industry for Cosplay with Maren Maclean Mascarelli. You can follow their adventures on Twitter: Mandy and Maren @cosplaycollege.

Mika Epstein

Mika Epstein

Panel: Queer Fans Deserve Data

Mika has been deep in fandom since she could say ‘Trekkie.’ With decades experience in running fansites, developing software, and organizing communities, she’s taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site 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 favorite shows include Veronica Mars, Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Vida, and One Day at a Time.

Debbie Esparza

Debbie Esparza

Panel: Propping Yourself Up!! How to build props to support your favorite Cosplay character.

Debbie Esparza, has been an advocate on behalf of women and girls for more than 25 years. She also has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and business development. She is leveraging this experience in partnership with Amanda Embry and Maren Maclean Mascarelli to form Cosplay College 101. In Debbie’s day job, as CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix, she strives to eliminate racism and empower women.

Nicole Espinosa

Nicole Espinosa

Panel: NSFW: Horny On Main/#FandomBeWild, The Gaysian Project Presents

Nicole is a Gaysian Baesian majoring in Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Their research focuses on the intersections of race and class in queer fandom spaces. In their spare time (LOL what’s that?), they enjoy charcuterie boards, folding things into thirds, and being bad at playing Overwatch. You can follow Nicole’s thirst tweets and online antics as a contributor to The Gaysian Project.

Hillary Esquina

Hillary Esquina

Panel: Passage: The Series, Mother Queerest: Queer Parenting in the Media

Hillary Esquina is a writer and content strategist from the Washington D.C. area who has worked with nonprofit organizations and production companies across the board. LGBTQ storytelling and advocacy are passions of hers and she wrote & produced Passage the Series, a sci-fi/fantasy show about a lesbian mom who is a badass paranormal agent.

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Bonnie Ferrar

Bonnie Ferrar

Panel: Live Tales of the Black Badge Podcast

Bonnie Ferrar is the owner & managing editor of Ferrar Copywriters, an online social media & content development company. She runs the Wynonna Fans twitter account, co-hosts the Tales of the Black Badge podcast, and co-hosts the Whiskey & Doughnuts video hangout. In addition, she is an active panel moderator and motivational guest speaker.

Sarah Fields

Sarah Fields

Panel: Earp It Forward – The Impact and Potential of Fandom for Positive Change

Sarah is a partner on Earp It Forward and co-manager of the Earp Your Community initiative. She runs the Bay Area (California) “BayHaught” Earp Your Community Twitter and has organized several EYC service meet ups for local Earpers. In addition to her Earp It Forward activities, Sarah is a staff writer for Tell-Tale TV currently covering Supergirl.

Lauren Flans

Lauren Flans

Panel: Podcasting 101; Coming Out Pod: LIVE

Lauren Flans is an actor, writer, and podcaster in Los Angeles, who is THRILLED to be participating in her very first ClexaCon! Lauren was a series regular on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out and Comedy Central’s Another Period, and most recently appeared in TNT’s I Am the Night. She and Nicole Pacent were inspired to create their podcast, “Coming Out with Lauren & Nicole,” from their volunteer work at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. “Coming Out with Lauren & Nicole” is one of Lauren’s favorite things that she’s ever done, and she is beyond excited to share it with the amazing audience at ClexaCon!

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Marlene Forte

Panel: Perfect Pitch: The Art of Storytelling

A native Cuban, Ms Forte started her career in NYC with Labyrinth Theater Company over 25 years ago. Since then she has appeared in countless Movies, TV Shows and stages. Her latest being Marvel’s Runaway and Superstore.

Brenna Frandsen

Brenna Frandsen

Panel: Escape to Gain Safety workshop

Brenna Frandsen has been training martial arts for 5 years and is now an instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali under Guro Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s successor. She also trains in Dirty Boxing, STX Kickboxing, Combat Submission Wrestling, among others. As an elementary and middle school special ed teacher, she started off by wanting to learn to protect herself and the students in her classroom from an intruder if needed. She now works toward spreading that knowledge to others, as it is a basic life skill everyone should know for self preservation.

Karen Frost

Karen Frost

Panel: All the Kudos: A Celebration of Fandom through Fanfiction

Karen Frost is an armchair pop culture philosopher who enjoys everything from lesbian pairings on Spanish language telenovelas to Israeli queer cinema. She’s written for AfterEllen, tello Films, and LL Passion in an effort to influence and inform the queer and straight worlds about trends in queer representation. She also writes LGBT fantasy fiction and her upcoming YA series will be published by Ylva Publishing this fall.

April Funiestas

April Funiestas

Panel: Mother Queerest

April has been a long time participant of fandom and is excited to part of ClexaCon 2019. When she’s not spending time teaching pop culture to her two daughters, you can find her reading fan fic or editing fan videos that make people cry. Other interests are knitting, making the perfect soups in her instant pot, and finding the softest cushiest socks.

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Reign G.

Panels: Black, Queer, & Nerdy Womxn; Invisible Latinx Vol 2.; Living at the Crossroads: Intersectionality in Queer Media; Not all Queers Wear Capes: The Evolution of Queer Women in Mainstream Comics); Problematic Faves

Reign is a nerd by trade, geek at heart. She is the editor and co-founder of Latinx Geeks, and has been a writer/reviewer for NiceGirlsTV, AfterEllen, and other online publications. When she is not advocating for more diverse representation in media, or lecturing someone on animal health care/rights, she spends her time watching obscure LGBTQ* films, reading, or playing video games (when her crew of furbabies allow it).

Syntia Garcia

Syntia Garcia

Panel: Cabronas y Chingonas Podcast Live at ClexaCon 2019

​Syntia, or FriedPapita, is a passionate, almost obsessed queer content consumer. When she’s not watching queer films, she’s eating fried papitas, drinking too much champagne, and going to all of the concerts. Syntia studied at the University of North Texas where she majored in Political Science. She loves her dog (all dogs, really) and pan dulce.

Sami Gardner

Panel: Queer Digital Nomads: How to Travel and Work at the same time

Samantha Gardner is an experienced educator who has spent the last five years researching, teaching, and speaking on career development, branding, and LinkedIn. Every day professionals and Silicon Valley startups have utilized her diverse skills and insights into the job market, LinkedIn marketing, and professional branding. She works remote and travels as a digital nomad.

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Rachel Gold

Rachel Gold

Panel: Creating Diverse Stories Without Tokenism

Rachel Gold is the award-winning author of five queer and trans young adult novels—including Being Emily, the first young adult novel to tell the story of a trans girl from her perspective. Despite a two-decade career in journalism and marketing, she’s better known as a nonbinary lesbian, all around geek and avid gamer. She also teaches at the Loft Literary Center an annual class/game for teens.

Amanda Golob

Amanda Golob

Panel: A How To Guide: Protecting Your Podcast, Blog or Web Series

Amanda Golob is the host/producer of the Near and Queer to My Heart podcast. Coming to you from New Orleans, she is a stand-up comedian who runs two monthly LGBTQ shows. She lives with her girlfriend and their three cats.

Jenn Grace

Panel: Queer Women’s Writer

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author. Guided by the mantra, “change happens in business,” Jenn believes social change happens first in the workplace before spilling over into mainstream society.

She is a Best Selling author and has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant and CNBC. Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of the Author’s Academy and Publish Your Purpose Press. A marathon runner, animal lover and novice birder. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Panel: Lexa’s Legacy; Crowdfunding Dos and Don’ts; Working with Producers; Casting Your Project, Clexa Roundtable

In a career spanning 25 years, Javier Grillo-Marxuach has written and produced shows ranging from Lost, Medium, The Pretender, The Shannara Chronicles, Boomtown, and Charmed, to the upcoming The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and Cowboy Bebop. He was co-executive producer of season three of The 100 and wrote episode 307.

Marie-Diane Grouchka

Marie-Diane Grouchka

Panel: Queer Storylines in Therapy: Constructing Your Narrative Through Fictional Characters

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.

Nic H

Panel: Death By Avalance: A Legends of Tomorrow Fan Panel

Nic has loved TV for as long as she can remember and ended up graduating from college with a somewhat useless degree in media studies. To make up for that, she spends a substantial amount of time yelling about TV (specially TV with LGBT content) on Twitter.

Kathleen Harquail

Kathleen Harquail

Panel: Disrupting for Change: Building Inclusive Communities

Kathleen is an experienced policy advisor, independent film producer, risk averse change maker and general rule follower. Kathleen is based in Toronto.

Julie Marie Hassett

Julie Marie Hassett

Panel: The Art of Storytelling

Former criminal prosector and victims’ rights advocate, Julie Marie Hassett is a writer, actress, and producer currently working on a full slate of film, mixed media and theater. Through her film company, Red Love Film, she’s currently writing and producing a female focused WWII film in active development; writing and performing in a comedy she created with distribution on Tello Films, and producing Puccini’s Trial, a noir legal thriller she wrote. Past performances include Play Dead at the Geffen Playhouse and performing in and directing The Vagina Monologues at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse to benefit 1776 Family Crisis Center. Her nonprofit, Foundation of Joy, creates art and tells stories to raise funds and awareness for issues facing children and women’s rights.

Caryn Hayes

Caryn Hayes

Panel: Bi+ Representation in the Media, Queer People of Color Representation; Casting Your Project

Native New Orleanian and multi-hyphenate content-creator, Caryn K. Hayes started her career producing new media content for Showbiz Shorts and BrevityTV.com.   She’s produced countless comedy sketches, which is an exaggeration; you’ll need a lot of hands but you can totally count them. Caryn’s work, including series Breaking Point and Entangled with You, and short film, Clean Hands, has been recognized with 30 plus awards and nominations by ITV Fest, AfterEllen.com, and the Indie Series Awards to name a few, and once played in countless festivals, again, an exaggeration. She is yet unrepped or unraveled.

Sally Heaven

Sally Heaven

Panel: Queer Lady Business

Sally Heaven is one of the co-founders of Fangirl Shirts. Fangirl Shirts makes fandom gear to lift up and celebrate women and positive queer representation in entertainment. We love our customers as much as we love our characters. We want every fan to be able to celebrate who they are, who they love, and what they love. Wear what you love, love what you wear!

Jessica Henderson

Jessica Henderson

Panel: Comedy Night

Jessica Henderson in a stand up comedian, you can see her perform around NYC! She’s also has a web series called Growing Down. Last but not least….. talk to her about plants.

Alexis Hillyard

Alexis Hillyard

Panel: Disabled and LGBT+

Alexis Hillyard is a YouTube Creator, self-taught vegan chef, and entrepreneur. Born without her left hand, Alexis uses her stump as a kitchen tool – from spatula to juicer – while expanding the vocabulary of what’s possible in the kitchen each week on her show ‘Stump Kitchen.’ Stump Kitchen is a YouTube series that celebrates body diversity, gluten free vegan cooking, and the amazing, unique ways we move through the world. In addition to YouTube, Alexis has a long history of LGBTQ activism in Canada.

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Leigh Holmes Foster

Leigh Holmes Foster

Panel: Lez Hang Out Live, Podcasting 101, Mother Queerest: Queer Parenting in the Media

Leigh is the co-founder and co-host of Lez Hang Out, a podcast about queer representation, culture, experiences, etc. In addition to her co-host duties, she writes and arranges the music on the show, as well as writing and creating content for Lez Hang Out’s new YouTube channel. She lives in the Bay Area with her wife, daughter, and dog, and spends her 9-5 hours working at a biotech software company.

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Dr. Amber Hutchins

Dr. Amber Hutchins

Panel: #SocialMediaBoss: How to Run Social Media Like a Pro

Dr. Amber Hutchins is an Associate Professor of Communication at Kennesaw State University where she teaches courses in social media and public relations. Her research examines how fans and media companies use social media to create community. Her passion is helping students reach their goals to become social media managers and entrepreneurs, and she is 100% Team WayHaught.

KL Hughes

Panel: All the Kudos: A Celebration of Fandom through Fanfiction

KL Hughes is an American author and screenwriter, working and living in Los Angeles. When not writing, she enjoys theatre and film, travel, visits to old cemeteries and haunted houses, putting on one-woman musicals for her wife, long walks and hikes with her two dogs, family time, and, of course, a good book.

Naomi Iwamoto

Naomi Iwamoto

Panel: How I Got That Gig: Queer Television Writers

Naomi Iwamoto is a writer-director based in Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and Asian American Studies. Prior to completing her MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, she wrote for LA Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine. She is an alumni of the 2018 CBS Writers Program and the 2017 Ryan Murphy Half Director Program. She is currently a staff writer on the CBS sitcom Happy Together and is in post for her new film, In a Relationship, which is set to premiere in 2019.

Braxie Jacobson

Braxie Jacobson

Panel: Queer Representation in Music

Braxie Jacobson is an amateur artist who does her best to create as much content with representation for the LGBTQ+ community, in as many art forms as possible. She’s the creator of the short film “Warmish,” but she plans to continue creating impactful and honest content that comes from the heart for as long as she is able to.

Holly JamesKill

Holly JamesKill

Panels: Decolonizing Queer Spaces, Queer People of Color Representation

Currently surviving law school hell- making that JD/MBA dual focus in Federal Indian and Environmental Law finally happen. Queer, Disabled, Indigenous, Southern, FABULOUS. Possible future agent for that thing you’ve been working on- you know, that thing! #MMIW

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Panel: Everything You Wanted to Know About SAG-AFTRA but Were Afraid to Ask

Jessica Johnson is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business (B.S., Finance) and Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D.). Upon graduation, Jessica began her career as an associate at a boutique law firm specializing in production legal services. In 2014, she began working in the SAG-AFTRA Residuals Claims department. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Contracts department and was tasked with conducting audits in connection with initial compensation claims. In July 2018, Jessica became a manager in the SAG-AFTRA Entertainment Contracts department where she oversees contract enforcement for television and new media contracts.

Stephanie Johnson

Panel: NSFW: Horny on Main

She/her. Hufflepuff. Optimist with a side of salt. Ships the grumpy one with the nice one. Has been in fandom Too Long.

KT Jorgensen

Panel: Detachment: A Staged Reading

KT’s involvement in new media began with working for Open Book on Venice The Series and now continues with new development projects for independent production houses. She is also obsessed with Crossfit, donuts and photography, not necessarily in that order.

Gloria Junn

Gloria Junn

Panel: Carmilla Meet Up

Gloria has over 10 years experience in logistics/shipping industry. She is a huge Carmilla fan. She creates fanart for Creampuffs and other fandoms. Also works on creating music for fun.

Ashley Kay

Ashley Kay

Panel: Death by Avalance

Creative visual merchandiser who recently joined her first fandom last year and dove head first into speaking up about positive lgbtq representation in media! You can catch her regularly shouting about Emily Andras, Wynonna Earp & the ladies of Legends of Tomorrow. Co-host of Death By Avalance: A fan video hangout.

Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Panel: Queer Women and Trans People in Theatre

Maggie Keenan-Bolger is the co-founder of Honest Accomplice Theatre (HAT), a New York-based ensemble theatre company producing theatre for social change from the perspective of cis-women and trans people (honestaccomplice.org). HAT currently tours with shows about gender and sexuality and created free educational webseries, The Trans Literacy Project. Maggie tours the country as a performer, sex educator and teaching artist and was recognized by the White House when she was appointed an LGBT Leader of the Next Generation by former Vice President, Joe Biden. A two-time Point Foundation scholar, Maggie was named a “Person to Watch” in the Advocate and can also been seen on The Good Wife with Julianna Margulies and in the movie Admission with Tina Fey.

Emer Kinsella

Emer Kinsella

Panel: Crafting the Score: The Role of Music in Film and Media

Emer Kinsella is an Irish composer known for her textural and minimal introspective string writing, blended together with ambient electronics and poignant soundscapes. Her credits include working on the Netflix show ‘Sense8’ and the motion picture ‘Jungle’ starring Daniel Radcliffe. She scored the documentary film ‘Faith’ which screened recently at the Vancouver and Atlanta LGBT film festivals. At the heart of her musical voice is the violin, an instrument she has played since the age of two years old. Emer is based in Los Angeles.

Silver Kitsune

Silver Kitsune

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

An internationally published burlesque performer with a wide range of acts, Silver has been performing since 2010 on a variety of stages throughout the Southeastern United States. Taking their name from the Japanese word for ‘fox’, Ms. Kitsune is an innovative performer who depends on their own mixed bag of dynamic artistic experience to bring about imaginative, ecdysiastic acts.

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Karly Kownslar

Karly Kownslar

Panel: Fact and Science Fiction Podcast Live!

Karly is a videographer and instructional designer in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously she worked for Autostraddle.com, recapping The 100 and Carmilla. Now, Karly uses her research and teaching background to explain science topics behind science fiction’s common themes and tropes on her podcast Fact and Science Fiction.

Geffen K.

Geffen K.

Panel: Earp It Forward – The Impact and Potential of Fandom for Positive Change

Inspired by Earp It Forward and the Earp Your Community initiative, Geffen started her own chapter of Earp Your Community in Los Angeles (the first by an Earper outside of the co-managers). She has actively planned and organized several successful events addressing issues such as homelessness, animal welfare, and food insecurity. Geffen strives to empower other local Earpers to volunteer and advocate for their passions.

Evangeline Laveau

Evangeline Laveau

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

Evangeline is a cosplayer, burlesque performer, gamer, and writer. She’s a California native, living in Georgia and pursing many different creative mediums. She’s an advocate for QWOC in geek media, burlesque, and bi-visibility.

CB Lee

CB Lee

Panels: The Power of Queer Joy In Media, Celebrating Queer Asian Americans in Media and Fandom

CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her works include the Sidekick Squad series (Duet Books) and Ben 10 (Boom!). CB loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship. When not nationally touring as an educator, writer and activist, CB lives in Los Angeles, where she can neither confirm nor deny being a superhero. You can learn more about her and her adventures as a bisexual disaster at http://cb-lee.com.

 

Marin Lepore

Marin Lepore

Panels: The 2019 ClexaCon Film Festival Filmmaker Forum

Marin Lepore is a comedy screenwriter who aspires to work on TV shows for kids and teens. After studying writing/directing at the Colorado Film School, she is now completing a Film/TV BFA at the University of Colorado, Denver. As a gay woman of color, Marin strives to represent minorities in her writing, and her stories often highlight LGBT and POC communities. She’s also co-creator of Sad Girl Productions, a film production company that creates diverse, inclusive, female-centric films.

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Tracy Levesque

Tracy Levesque

Panel: Queer Fans Deserve Data, Mother Queerest

Tracy is America’s favorite biracial, TV obsessed lesbian who will watch almost any show with queer womxn characters and has a lot to say about it. She joined forces with Mika Epstein, and with their combined professional web development skills, built and run LezWatch.TV, the Greatest Online Database of Queer Female, Transgender and Non-Binary Characters and Shows on the Small Screen. She co-owns a web development company with wife Mia and they live with daughter in Philly.

Erin Lewis

Erin Lewis

Panel: The Misconceptions of the Plus in LGBTQ+

Erin works as a preschool substitue and nanny, having her bachelor’s in Child Development. She adores being a Creampuff and Earper, and enjoys handlettering in her free time. She identifies as an aromantic lesbian, and hopes to bring awareness about the intricacies of living as an aromantic person.

Bridget Liszewski

Bridget Liszewski

Panel: Recapping Queer TV

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. She is also the co-host of Feminist Thrilljoys, a podcast where three women take a break from smashing the patriarchy to talk about the feministy things they love.

Toni Long

Panel: Recapping Queer TV

Toni is the founder of The Long Law Group and heads the firm’s Entertainment & Sports practice. Her Entertainment practice focuses on film and series production, talent representation, above and below the line contracts, distribution, licensing, and private equity investment. Toni advises all creatives, offering representation at all levels of production, from optioning the script to documenting financing terms to negotiating distribution deals. She also serves as production counsel for independent films, most recently for ”Go North”, directed by Matthew Ogens and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock.

Angelique Luna

Angelique Luna

Panel: Creating Inclusive Books and Podcasts

Angelique Luna is a Certified Kink Aware Professional from the Kink Aware Therapy Certification Institute. She is the host of Living A Sex Positive Life podcast with her husband, John C Luna, where they discusses all aspects of sexual relationships. She also creates and presents workshops on bisexuality, intimacy and alternative relationships. As the mother of a sex abuse survivor, her passion is working with sexual abuse survivors and their support team.

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Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

Panel: The Power of Queer Joy in Media

Britta Lundin is a TV writer, novelist, and comic book writer. She writes on the show Riverdale on the CW. Her young adult novel SHIP IT is out now from Freeform Books. A longtime fanfiction reader and writer, she can track her life milestones by what she was shipping at the time. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives with her wife and their lime tree in Los Angeles.

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Aimée Lutkin

Aimée Lutkin

Panel: Here and Queer improv show

Aimée Lutkin is a writer and performer based in Los Angeles.

Angie M.

Angie M.

Panel: StyriaTypical – A Carmilla Podcast (live)

Angie is a co-host of StyriaTypical – a Carmilla themed podcast. Residing in Canada, this native Californian is a die hard Dodgers fan and the show’s resident fun sponge. Angie is also the proud dog mama to Lulu – the cutest dog in the world.

Kristen M.

Kristen M.

Panel: Earp It Forward – The Impact and Potential of Fandom for Positive Change

Kristen is the founder of Earp It Forward and co-manager of the Earp Your Community initiative. She also runs the New England Earp Your Community (EYC) Twitter. Kristen has contributed to nonprofits for much of her life as a volunteer and intern. Helping others has given her a true sense of purpose and she believes the Earpers and fandom in general can play a major part in changing the world. Kindness and making a difference is what she’s all about.

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Maren Maclean Mascarelli

Maren Maclean Mascarelli

Panel: Propping Yourself Up

Maren is thrilled to be returning to ClexaCon this year after a brief stint as Xena last year. She studied acting, dance, and directing at Southern Utah University. She performed and toured with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Birmingham Children’s Theatre, directed for Nevada Shakespeare in the Park, dramaturg-ed for Nearly Naked Theatre, designed and directed for Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre, directed for Algonquin Theatre Company and The Shakespeare Theatre and was the Education Outreach Director for Southwest Shakespeare Company for 5 seasons. It was in 2014, while she and fellow Cosplay buddy nerd Mandy Embry cleaned out their college costume shop in prep for the coming academic year that they realized the aspects of theatre that they both loved so greatly: costuming, props construction, wigs, hair, makeup, special effects AND acting, could mash up and prove to be a great opportunity to bring theatre elements to the Cosplay world via a college class of Cosplay. It has been design and dress up ever since! She loves exploring new works and looks forward to honing her directing skills in the future. Maren originally hails from New York, but she has made Phoenix home with her husband and their 2 dramatically darling daughters. AOE www.marenmaclean.net www.cosplaycollege101.com

Lise MacTague

Lise MacTague

Panel: Lez Geek Out! Live

Lise writes speculative lesbian fiction of all flavors, be it space opera, paranormal, or steampunk. A massive geek, she started the podcast Lez Geek Out! with co-host Andi Marquette in 2017. She crams podcasting in around her wife and kids, work, writing, and building video game props, with the occasional break for D&D.

Rae Magdon

Rae Magdon

Panel: Femslash Fandom as a Community of Support

Rae D. Magdon is an author of queer lesbian fiction. Her stories celebrate lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans women falling in love, and she cares deeply about including characters of color in her work. In addition to publishing novels about all kinds of women and their adventures, she has an extensive fanfiction collection available for free online.

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Spencer Madison

Panel: Clexa Roundtable

Queer Content Creator/Actor/Activist/MusicMaker

Andi Marquette

Andi Marquette

Panel: Breaking into Book Publishing for Aspiring Writers; Queer Lady Business (moderator); Lez Geek Out! Live; Clexa Roundtable

Andi Marquette is an award-winning author and an editor, publisher, podcaster, and fangirl. She is a co-founder of Dirt Road Books and of the popular blogsite Women and Words, and a co-host of the Women and Words podcast. She also co-hosts on the Lez Geek Out! podcast. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s probably writing fanfic.

Lily R. Mason

Lily R. Mason

Panel: Are Butch/Femme Characters Outdated?

Lily R. Mason has written books in a variety of genres, her most recent title Hearts Inn published by Sapphire Books. Her novel Lilies of the Bowery was named one of the top five Lesbian YA Books of 2015 by AfterEllen. Lily is a mental health provider, administrator, and author. She has an MS in Counseling and currently practices therapy in San Francisco’s Bay Area. She’s passionate about music education, cheese, and positive LGBT representation in media.

Heidi Mau

Heidi Mau

Panel: Academic Lab

Heidi Mau (Ph.D.|M.F.A, Temple University) is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in digital and media communications. Her research intersects areas of media, communication, and digital culture. She is working on a new project looking at contemporary television entertainment and fan culture, with a focus on the Wynonna Earp/Earper fandom.

Omi McCadney

Omi McCadney

Moderator: Academic Lab

Omi identifies as a Femme of Size and Color. She is a Radical Queer Educator, writer, and artist. Hated internationally by yo auntie and ‘nem, Omi specializes in facilitating dialogues around diversity and social justice. She has a few degrees which validates her to some folx and a slick tongue that grates the nerves of others. She will be moderating the Academic Lab and creeping up on a few others. This will be her second Clexa-Con.

Sandra McCallum

Sandra McCallum

Moderator: Disrupting for Change: Building Inclusive Communities

Sandra is a human rights educator, risk taker and change maker, focused on building innovative rights-respecting environments across sectors through collaboration and community building.

LaShawn McGhee

LaShawn McGhee

Panel: Queer Lady Business

LaShawn has set out on a mission to share queer stories with the world and as Co-Founder & CPO of Revry, she is doing just that! Revry is the world’s first LGBTQ+ digital streaming and distribution network dedicated to showcasing artistry that truly represents the breadth of the queer experience. LaShawn is also the Head of Production for QueerX, Hollywood’s first short form digital media festival celebrating the progressive, evolution of authentic Queer storytelling. In addition to severing her country as an Army Nurse for 9 years, LaShawn has a master’s in film editing from AFI (The American Film Institute). She has worked on film, television, and documentary projects in the Editor, Assistant Editor, and Producer capacities. As a producer LaShawn has a feature film, SHINE releasing on Netflix this summer and several films currently doing the festival circuit (ROOM TO GROW, THE DRAG ROAST OF HEKLINA, and MISS ROSEWOOD to name a few).

August McLaughlin

August McLaughlin

Moderator: Creating Inclusive Books and Podcasts

August McLaughlin is a nationally recognized health and sexuality writer, media personality and host and creator of Girl Boner® and Girl Boner Radio. Her articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine, HuffPost and more. Publishers Weekly called her book, GIRL BONER: THE GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO SEXUAL EMPOWERMENT “equally fun, risqué, and informative” and “a welcome addition to sexual health literature.” The companion book, GIRL BONER JOURNAL, is now available for pre-order.

Rivkah Beth Medow

Panel: The Words We Use: Lesbian v Queer

Filmmaker Rivkah Beth Medow has created, directed, and produced award-winning documentary, broadcast, commercial, and non-profit productions with a deep dedication to social and environmental justice for the past 14 years. Rivkah’s credits include AHEAD OF THE CURVE (Producer, 2020); LET THEM EAT DIRT (Director, Producer, 2019); BEING GEORGE CLOONEY (Producer, 2016: Festivals, Netflix); THE NINE (Producer, 2016: Festivals); SONS OF A GUN (Director, Producer, 2009: Festivals, PBS); FARMING THE SEAS (Associate Producer, 2005 Festivals, PBS); and multiple films for the non-profits The Pachamama Alliance and Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She has helmed two major Impact Engagement Campaigns for her films with over 100 strategic partners including Environmental Defense, NRDC, National Coalition for the Homeless, and National Alliance on Mental Illness. She lives with her daughters, partner, sister and sister-in-law in Oakland, CA.

Sunny Megatron

Sunny Megatron

Panel: Sex Positive Media & Censorship

Sunny Megatron is a sexuality educator and media personality. She co-hosts and produces American Sex Podcast and also is also the host and executive producer of the Showtime original television series, SEX with Sunny Megatron. Her work has been featured in Cosmo, Playboy, Jezebel, Buzzfeed, CNN, Refinery29, Playgirl Magazine, and more. A three-time nominee for XBIZ Sexpert of the Year, she was also voted Kinkly’s Sex Blogging Superhero of 2017, and named one of the 6 most savvy sexologists in North America. Sunny’s passion is helping people become their authentic, sexual selves by learning to overcome shame and shed inhibitions.

Nami Melumad

Nami Melumad

Moderator: Crafting the Score- The Role of Music in Film and Media

Nami Melumad is an Israeli film and television composer, based in Los Angeles. Her credits include over 120 films, tv series and other media works. She won the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for her score for Passage (2018), Best Short Score at Fimucite (2017), and Best Featurette Score at Idyllwild Festival of Cinema (2018). Nami currently scores the second season of Absentia starring Stana Katic for Sony TV International. Among her other works, The Big Nothing, an Israeli TV series for YES Kidz, Trico Tri: Happy Halloween, Senior Love Triangle (Executive producer: Baron Davis) and The Adventures of Thomasina Sawyer (executive producers: James Franco and John Watson). An alumna of the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring workshop (16′), she graduated of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV program (SMPTV) at the University of Southern California and holds a B.A. in multi-style composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, where she was admitted directly to sophomore year.

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Silvia Menendez

Silvia Menendez

Panel: Comedy Night

Silvia Menendez is a comedian, writer, and improviser based in New York City. She is also on the Creative Operations team at Fusion Media Group. You can find her performing at comedy venues across New York City and/or in line at Trader Joe’s.

Catherine Meushaw

Catherine Meushaw

Panel: Problematic Faves

Catherine Meushaw is an unapologetic fangirl who uses any opportunity possible to discuss her favorite shows. She’s currently co-hosting two podcasts, a Wynonna Earp podcast titled Make Your Peace, and a Xena podcast titled Subtext and Chakrams. Catherine also writes for 4 Your Excitement (or 4YE), a site where you can get your pop-culture news with a twist.

Laydin Michaels

Laydin Michaels

Panel: Strong Women in LGBTQ Fiction

Laydin is from Houston, where she shares her home and her life with MJ Williamz. The wide blue skies and long empty roads of Texas have influenced her development as a writer. Being the thirteenth of sixteen children has influenced her desire to kill off characters. She is a mild mannered preschool teacher by day, and a writer of psychological thrillers by night. She has four published novels with Bold Strokes Books, Forsaken, Bitter Root, Buried Heart and Captured Soul.

Molly Mitchell

Molly Mitchell

Panel: Finding LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

Molly Mitchell is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Tyler’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters program. Her career goals include working with LGBTQ+ youth and providing greater access to mental health resources for LGBTQ+ individuals of all ages.

Tra Andra' (Katt) Mitchell

Tra Andra' (Katt) Mitchell

Panel: NSFW: Horny on Main

I’m Katt! I’m your average anime loving non-binary femme. I’m generally sweet and spicy but I care about flowers and music. I love the occasional human being and a damn good ship. Nice to meet ya!

Alison Moon

Panel: Sex Positive Media & Internet Censorship

Allison Moon is the author of the award winning sex-ed book,Girl Sex 101, the sexual memoir, Bad Dyke, and the forthcoming Getting It: How to Hook Up Without F*cking Up. She is the host of the Artgasm podcast, about the intersections of art, pop culture, and sexuality. As a sex educator, Allison has presented her workshops, on sexual technique, erotica writing, and non-monogamy to thousands of people around the US and Canada.

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Christa Morris

Panel: Detachment: A Staged Reading

Two-time Emmy Award-winning producer, Christa Morris started her career working in local media for NBC, CBS, and FOX. In 2010 she moved into original content producing for New Media, Film, and Television. Over the last few years, she developed shows for HGTV, Food Network, Discovery Channel and The History Channel.

Reese Mosley

Reese Mosley

Panel: Transgender Representation in Media

Reese Mosley is a trans actor living in Madison, WI. He loves sharks, the color green, and pretty much every movie the SyFy network has made.

Shelby Mullennex

Shelby Mullennex

Panels: The Misconceptions of the Plus in LGBTQ+, Carmilla Fan Meetup

Shelby Mullennex is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She’s a longtime Creampuff and Ozian. She identifies as an asexual lesbian. She hopes to help others, and aims to provide an understanding to audiences about what it means to be apart of the plus in LGBTQ+.

Nancylee Myatt

Nancylee Myatt

Panel: Speed Pitching Pitch to Production Presented by Tello Films, Part 1; Creating an Original Web Series

Nancylee Myatt is an Emmy winning writer/producer for television and the web. TV writing and producing highlights include Night Court, Living Single and Social Studies. She also wrote the Nikki and Nora pilot for UPN and served as showrunner & Co-Executive Producer for seasons 1 & 2 of South of Nowhere. With her wife, Paige Bernhardt, and their production company MyHardt, she created, wrote and produced three hit web-series: 3 Way, Cowgirl Up and Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files for Tello Films. Myatt is currently developing several TV and web pilots and promises that none of the lesbian characters will be randomly killed.

Jordan Myrick

Jordan Myrick

Panel: Comedy Night

Jordan is a Brooklyn based actor, comedian, and writer. You may have seen her improvising in a city near you with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, doing stand up all over NYC, or publishing satirical articles at Reductress.com. She is thrilled to be in Las Vegas because there are Del Tacos here. To contact Jordan or find out more, please visit jordanmyrick.com.

Mia Naipaul

Mia Naipaul

Panel: 2019 ClexaCon Film Festival Filmmaker Forum

Mia Naipaul is a actress, writer and director based in Atlanta. She is the creator of “Unqualified”, a comedy web series which premiered on YouTube this year.

Amber Nardolillo

Amber Nardolillo

Panel: The Misconceptions of the Plus in LGBTQ+

Amber is an aspiring yet award winning LGBT screenplay writer. She won the grand prize for the LGBT screenplay in the Rhode Island International Screenplay for 2017. She is an eccentric goofball at heart that just wants to normalize LGBTQ+ in society as well as bring that positive light into mainstream media.

Allyson Newman

Allyson Newman

Panel: Crafting the Score- The Role of Music in Film and Media

Allyson grew up in Sydney Australia before moving to L.A. to study film scoring at USC. She has worked across film&TV including the multi-award winning documentary “Limited Partnership” as well as Emmy winning and nominated shows “Childrens Hospital” and “Her Story”. Recently Allyson scored “Kusama- Infinity” and “Hot to Trot” which are currently in cinemas around the globe.

Chrys Nieves

Chrys Nieves

Panel: The Misconceptions of the Plus in LGBTQ+

Chrys is a queer Non Binary artist, with an interest in teaching awareness within the community about their experiences as a POC in the LGBTQ community.

Alissa Norby

Alissa Norby

Panel: Queer to Stay: The Future of Indie Cinema; #SocialMediaBoss: How to Run Social Media Like a Pro

Alissa is the head of Social Media Strategy for Lionsgate (“The Hunger Games”, “A Simple Favor”) and was most recently the head of digital strategy for Fox Searchlight, overseeing films such as “The Favourite”, “The Shape of Water” and “Black Swan”. She specializes in digital content strategy, fandom engagement and emerging technology. Previously she oversaw digital marketing at Legendary (“Detective Pikachu”, “Straight Outta Compton”) and worldwide social media campaigns for Warner Bros. (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, the DC Universe).

Jennifer Nuce

Panel: Finding LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

I am a licensed mental health therapist working in the addictions field for 9 years. My passion is to work with the LGBTQ+ community within a community mental health setting. I hail from Northeast Indiana, USA.

Kelsey O'Regan

Kelsey O'Regan

Panel: BIFL Panel

Kelsey is a passionate storyteller who has been writing fanfiction for the better part of a decade and spent the last few years developing and writing her original queer series “BIFL”. She always has time to talk about bisexual erasure, Killjoys, and Rosita Bustillos.

Tanya Oviedo

Tanya Oviedo

Panel: Academic Lab: K-12 Panel

Tanya Oviedo @tanyaoviedo is a Career Technical Education instructor at Sierra Vista HS in Baldwin Park, California. For the last 16 years she has served as Department Chair and delivers innovative instruction in Computer Science and Web Development. Outside the classroom, you can find Tanya indulging in the foodie scene, playing the latest adventure/horror video games, fangirling & binging on her favorite shows, knocking out the latest WOD, and enjoying her home, fur babies, family & friends.

Carla Patullo

Carla Patullo

Panel: Crafting the Score-the role of Music in Film and Media

Carla Patullo, also known as White Widow, is a composer and songwriter with a sound that moves from industrial to lush orchestral and beyond. She has written music for many films including Letter to Anita (2014), Spa Night (2016), Jean Cordova (2017), Lotte that Silhouette Girl (2018), Choke (2018), and Porno (2019), which will premiere at SXSW this March, and she has worked on film and TV productions that have won awards such as an Independent Spirit Award, Daytime Emmy Award, a GLAAD Media Award and a BAFTA. Carla was recently selected as a Sundance 2018 Composer Fellow for the Sundance Film Music Lab. Listen to her music here: www.carlapatullo.co

Janae Phillips

Janae Phillips

Panel: Dumbledore’s Army is Still Recruiting: How to Use Fandom for Activism

Janae Phillips is the Director of Leadership and Education for the Harry Potter Alliance. In her ten years as an engagement designer and community organizer she’s worked to bring a little more magic to leadership and social justice training. At home in Tucson, Arizona she’s a writer, occasional zinester, and maker of lovingly misshapen ceramics. Find her @janaeisms.

Andrea Pino

Panel: The Words We Use: Lesbian v Queer

Andrea Pino is a digital strategist, author, and survivor activist and is the Digital Strategy and Communications Manager at the National Center for Lesbian RightsThe Words We Use: Lesbian v Queer. She is co-author of “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out.” She is co-founder of the national survivor advocacy organization End Rape on Campus. Her work and personal journey was prominently featured in the film The Hunting Ground, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and in 2016 she appeared alongside Lady Gaga and 50 other survivors at the Academy Awards.

Jenn Polish

Jenn Polish

Panel: The Power of Queer Joy in Media; Queer Girls, Superheroes, and Sidekicks

Dr. Jenn Polish is the author of two young adult books, LUNAV and LOST BOY, FOUND BOY (March 2018, NineStar Press). Their debut novel, LUNAV, a lesbian enemies-to-lovers faerie tale, features dragons that grow on trees and friendship amongst rebellion. Their debut novella, LOST BOY, FOUND BOY, is a scifi re-telling of Peter Pan in which Neverland is a holomatrix, Hook is a bisexual cyborg, and Tink is an asexual lesbian computer interface. They teach Theater and English in the CUNY system, where they received their PhD in English. They live with their wife and their fantasies of having multiple puppies. Their website is jpolish.com.

Beck Power

Beck Power

Panel: Queer Digital Nomads: How to Travel and Work at the same time

Beck Power is a nomadic Kiwi entrepreneur. With a background in stand up comedy, travel and business, she is best known for her mindset hacks and bootstrapped companies. Beck believes in inclusivity, diversity and in being the best version of yourself. A productivity and personal development enthusiast, Beck runs a community of queer women business owners and travels around the world speaking and running workshops on online business, imperfectionism and the future of work.

Jessica Price

Jessica Price

Panel: Academic Lab

Jess Price is a Part-Time Instructor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Popular Culture at Nevada State College and Southern New Hampshire University, while also working in student services at the University of Phoenix in Las Vegas. She’s originally from Ohio and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on critical media literacy, popular culture and gender/sexuality representation in media. She lives in Las Vegas with her fiancée, Kat, and their furbaby, Saffron.

Melissa Price

Panel: Let’s Get Cliterate

Melissa Price classifies her lesbian romantic intrigue novels, Steel Eyes, and Skin in the Game, as “Lesbianage”, while her new release, Smile Number Seven is pure romance. Melissa also co-wrote the screenplay Toma-The Man, The Mission, The Message. Her motto is: Write. Swim. Read. Repeat. Find her at www.melissa-price.com or on Twitter @MPriceauthor

Magdalena Ptaszny

Panel: Earp It Forward – The Impact and Potential of Fandom for Positive Change

Magdalena Ptaszny is a hospitalist who participates in patient care and education of medical students and residents. She educates students not only on medical knowledge, but also on humanistic, respectful approaches to patient care with the goal of shared decision-making. In her free time, she frequently volunteers at the student run homeless clinics as well as helps her wife take photographs of difficult to adopt dogs.

Lily Richards

Lily Richards

Panel: Female-Focused Production from A to Z: Writing, Legal, Production, Distribution

Lily Richards is a Los Angeles based actress, writer, and director. She is the writer, director, and star of the hit web series “Twenty” which was nominated for Best Indie Series at the Streamy Awards 2018, has over 52,000 subscribers, and 7.3 million views with mentions in Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, Pride, Into, and Variety. Lily has also starred in several musicals and short films and is currently starring in the play, “A Small Group” running at The Hudson Theatre through May. She also voices the role of the infamous villain, “The Tattered Woman” in the popular science fiction podcast, “The Far Meridian”. She is a proud alumni of Emerson College (’16).

Kelley Quinn

Kelley Quinn

Panel: Comedy Night

Kelley Quinn is a writer, performer, and Missy Elliott superfan in New York. She does improv weekly on with her Harold team Party City and monthly with Here & Queer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Her credits include appearances on Viceland, Lifetime, and MTV, and her written work and web series Straight Marriage have been featured on Reductress, FastCompany, Stareable, Bustle, and elsewhere. You can find her at heykq.com and on Twitter at @heykq, especially if you are Missy Elliott’s social media manager looking for opportunities to connect Missy with fans.

Jen Rainin

Jen Rainin

Panel: The Words We Use: Lesbian v Queer

Jen Rainin is directing AHEAD OF THE CURVE, a documentary about Franco Stevens who founded Curve magazine in 1990 and the vibrant creative visibility and intersectional community-building work within the lesbian and queer women’s community today. Her work in film is focused on building community, deepening understanding of social justice issues, and telling great stories.

Delia Rawdon

Delia Rawdon

Panel: Behind the Scenes: Trans People in Media

Delia Danae Rawdon is an out Transgender actress living in Los Angeles with her beautiful wife and three amazing children. She has been in feature length films, award winning short films, student films, TV shows, music videos and has done print and runway modeling. Delia is also an accomplished DJ, Dancer, and Flow Artist. She is an advocate for the LGBT community and strives to break through the social constructs and barriers that society has put upon us.

Diona Reasonover

Diona Reasonover

Panel: How I Got that Gig, QPOC, Black Lightning (Moderator)

Actress and writer Diona Reasonover can currently be seen as Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines on NCIS (CBS.) She has written for Adam Ruins Everything (Tru TV), I Love Dick (Amazon), I Love You America (Hulu), and the 2014 Independent Spirit awards, hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Her acting can be seen on Clipped (TBS), Future Man (Hulu), Grace and Frankie (Netflix), and a VERY brief appearance on Basketball Wives LA (Vh1).

Maya Reddy

Maya Reddy

Panel: The Gaysian Project Presents: Celebrating Queer Asian Americans in Media and Fandom

Maya Reddy is a queer South Asian professional golfer, founder of The Gaysian Project, and incoming JD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a professional ambassador for Athlete Ally, wrote and extensively researched the implications of queer representation on legislation for her undergraduate thesis, and spent 3 years working in Hollywood on the development side with the Mark Gordon Company and Night & Day Pictures. Passionate about intersectional queer inclusion.

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Shannan Leigh Reeve

Shannan Leigh Reeve

Panel: PASSAGE The Series

Shannan is a Jackie-of-all-trades, having worked both in front of camera as an actress and stuntwoman and behind as a director, editor, DP, and 1st AD. As an actress and co-owner of Beleeve Entertainment, Shannan and her production partner have continued to create content that focuses on female voices, as well as underrepresented voices and topical issues as explored through narrative content. Their content includes the award-winning sci-fi short, The Invisible Border, which was awarded 3rd Place by Richard Linklater at the 2017 Houston Cinema Arts Festival CINESPACE competition out of 658 submissions from 55 countries. In 2018, Beleeve Entertainment completed 3 short films, including the queer Holiday rom-com Holiday Help Desk, and the award-winning shorts The Obituarist and Chromo46. She has also worked on various digital series with tello Films, and Open Book Productions, which produces the Emmy®-winning webseries, Venice.

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Amber Rivera

Amber Rivera

Panel: BIFL Panel

Amber, a California native, is a video editor with more than 10 years of editing experience and 5+ years of experience in entertainment marketing. She has worked on multiple behind-the-scenes projects for A Walk In The Woods, Midnight Special, and San Andreas. In the most recent years, Amber has been creative producing promotional material for music sensation East of Eli and hopes to keep growing as a creator within her company TenNineThirty Creative as well as producing more passion projects in the upcoming years.

Wendy Rouse

Wendy Rouse

Panel: Academic Lab

Wendy L. Rouse is an Associate Professor of History at San Jose State University whose scholarly research focuses on the history of women and girls in the United States during the early twentieth century. Her current research project explores romantic friendships, crushes and lesbian relationships among girls in the early twentieth century and the emergence of the suicidal lesbian trope in literature, television and film from that early period to the present day.

Franco S.

Franco S.

Panel: The Words We Use: Lesbian v Queer

Franco is the founder of Curve magazine, the nation’s best-selling lesbian magazine. Launched in San Francisco in 1990, the magazine covers news, politics, entertainment, pop culture, style, and travel from a lesbian perspective. In addition to being a pioneer in LGBT media, Franco has served on the board of directors for GLAAD, was a founding board member of the San Francisco LGBT Center, and has worked extensively to promote lesbian visibility and to educate media professionals on the lesbian market. Franco is the subject of an upcoming documentary, AHEAD OF THE CURVE [curvemagmovie.com], projected to be completed in early 2020.

Nic S.

Nic S.

Panel: Recapping Queer TV

Nic is a Digital Product Manager who lives in Queens, NY. She spends way too much time thinking about queer fictional characters, Tessa Thompson, and Janelle Monae. When she’s not busy consuming every form of fiction, you can find her cosplaying as Valkyrie.

Zett Stai

Zett Stai

Panel: Carmilla Fan Meetup, Earp It Forward – The Impact and Potential of Fandom for Positive Change

Zett is an engineer by day, fangirl by night. She is currently an active member of both the Wynonna Earp and Carmilla fandoms. She volunteers her time to fan projects Earp Your Community, Hollstein Travels, Silas Library Club, and Creampuff of the Week. She leverages the power of fandom and technology to spread awareness and queer representation. She also writes about diversity in tech for Palo Alto Networks and Women Who Code Silicon Valley.

Alexis Sanchez

Panel: Decolonizing Queer Spaces

Alexis is the creator and co-founder of Latinx Geeks, an online community for Latinx who love all things geeky and pop culture. She is a student by day and geek fangirl by night. There is nothing she loves more than snuggling up with her cat, Nox, and getting lost in the world of comics. You can catch her online advocating for Latinx in space and anywhere else she sees the need for more representation.

Kaye Sands

Panel: Clexa Roundtable

In her previous life, Kaye was a freelance writer, content editor, and performing arts professional with an underused M.A. in American Studies and Communication with focus on media and popular culture. Then Lexa happened… #Clexakru

Sierra Schepmann

Sierra Schepmann

Panel: CCFilmmaker Director’s Panel

Sierra Schepmann is a lesbian writer, filmmaker, actress, and photographer living in Los Angeles. She is currently working on new scripts, a book of poetry, learning new skills, a queer podcast, and her super gay Etsy. You can check out her first feature film at GiantLesbian.com or follow her on Instagram @sierraschepmann, @giantlesbian, and @butchpleaseshop. If you’re a filmmaker, please let her audition for your lesbian roles!

Jeanette Sears

Panel: Queer women and trans people in performing arts

Jeanette Sears is a director, cinematographer and editor of numerous short films, both narrative and documentary. Their most recent work includes “It’s Normal” by Dir Nicole Solomon, a short film about encroaching fascism that uses vampirism as a metaphor, and Dir Ryan Kramer’s award winning short film “Arm Bar”.

Their most recent directing work is their second short film, “Sanctuary”, which premiered at ClexaCon in 2018, as well as “Happenstance” screening this year at ClexaCon.

By day Jeanette is the Systems Administrator for School of Visual Arts MPS Directing program in New York City.

Sonia Sebastian

Panels: Directing the Queer Lady Feature Film; From Concept to Realization – Making something out of nothing!; Making Your First Short Film; Casting Your Project

Sonia Sebastian is an award-winning, writer, producer, and director from Spain. She just premiered “Freelancers Anonymous,” an English-language feature film. Her first feature film, “De Chica en Chica” is now available on Amazon Video. She was the show-runner, writer, and director of the first lesbian web series in Spain, “Girl Seeks Girl,” which was subsequently released on DVD in the U.S by Wolfe. She is currently working in the USA version of the web series.

Annie Segarra

Annie Segarra

Panel: Disabled and LGBT+, Invisible Latinx Vol. 2

Annie Segarra, also known as Annie Elainey, is an American YouTuber, artist, and activist for LGBT and disability rights. Segarra, who is queer, Latinx, and disabled, advocates for accessibility, body positivity, and media representation of marginalized communities.

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Mariya Shcherbinina

Mariya Shcherbinina

Panel: Queer Storylines in Therapy: Constructing Your Narrative Through Fictional Characters

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.

K. Rocco Shields

Panel: Queer Women Writers Workshop

K. Rocco Shields is a critically acclaimed DGA Director and founder of the award winning film production company, Genius Produced. The company headquarters, located on a private studio lot adjacent to Sony Pictures, boasts a large in-house production facility centered around content that stimulates social change.

Rocco is best known for Love Is All You Need? which became a viral sensation garnering over 100 million views and shares internationally. The film sparked an international debate on human rights and lead the City of West Hollywood and United States Congress to award Shields Awards for her contributions to the LBGTQ Community. The success of the short film lead her to direct a feature film version starring Briana Evigan, Tyler Blackburn, Emily Osment and Jeremy Sisto.

After receiving death threats from the religious right on the topical themes of the film, Rocco decided to embark on grass roots national tour where she held special screenings in partnership with The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Tyler Clementi Foundation, and other non-profits.

Rocco’s true life story of activist storytelling is currently slated to be released as a multi-season docuseries in late 2019 on a major platform.

Karen Shoffner

Karen Shoffner

Panel: Creating Diverse Stories Without Tokenism

Karen Shoffner writes diverse lesbian fiction with her wife under the pen name Elizabeth Andre. This fiction has won several awards including a Goldie from the Golden Crown Literary Society. A former journalist, she has written for Pioneer Press Newspapers in suburban Chicago, The Recorder in Greenfield, Mass., and several gay newspapers including the Windy City Times.

Rebecca Shoptaw

Rebecca Shoptaw

Panel: From Concept to Realization

Rebecca Shoptaw is the writer & 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. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Le Monde, and i-D magazine, and screened in festivals such as NewFest, the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Melbourne Web Fest. She loves telling the kinds of stories that don’t usually get told, and is always looking for new stories to tell and new ways to tell them.

Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith

Panel: Happy Wife, Happy Life

Kristen Smith is a comedian and actor, native to Southern Oregon. She’s performed and taught sketch comedy and improv all over Los Angeles (CSz LA, Second City, The Groundlings, iO West, and Studio School). She’s currently a host on Happy Wife, Happy Life on Tellofilms.com. She’s a big fan of her wife Cat and their two dogs, Grizzly and Birdie.

Ellen Simpson

Ellen Simpson

Panel: All the Kudos: A Celebration of Fandom through Fanfiction

Ellen graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010, majoring in political science with an emphasis on media and its effects on society, and subsequently completed a masters degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. Ellen served as social media writer and story editor for Carmilla: The Series before becoming creative consultant on Carmilla: The Movie. She is the author of three novels with Ylva Publishing: The Return, The Light of the World, and A Heist Story; and is an old fandom hand with a fanfiction.net account dating back to 2002.

Isake Smith

Isake Smith

Panel: Black, Queer, & Nerdy Womxn 

Isake, AKA Queerly Femmetastic Cosplay, is a consultant, educator, and cosplayer from Brooklyn, NY. As an avid fan, she has chosen to use a social justice framework to analyze the media we all love to consume, both to celebrate the good and critique what must be improved. She currently co-hosts a show called Cheers & Queers, a boozie podcast about Black queer life. A renaissance woman in the truest sense of the word, Isake continues to pursue her interests in rowing, organizing around queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) rights, theater, music, dance, mental health/wellness, and all things nerd, whilst keeping up with the latest in youth development.

Ashley Smith

Panel: NSFW: Horny on Main

Ashley (she/they) is a queer, fat, magical Black Unicorn, librarian, & femme dapper daddy. They are a pop culture critic studying the intersection of race, gender, & size within television , film, & fandom and translating that into critical librarianship.

Katie Sosa

Katie Sosa

Panel: More is More: Polyamorous Representation in Media

Katie is a queer, poly fangirl thrilled to be attending her 3rd year of Clexacon! With an educational background in gender and sexuality as well as lots of personal experience, she is looking forward to sharing her perspectives on polyamory and its representation (or lack thereof) in media. Her passions include queer television, choral music, human resources, Catan, and disrupting social norms.

Myte Sosa

Myte Sosa

Panel: Cabronas y Chingonas Podcast Live at ClexaCon 2019

Myte Sosa is a Los Angeles based writer who podcasts on the side. She is a staff writer for popnerdtv.com and music.mxdwn.com. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, where she attended the University of North Texas and began Cabronas y Chingonas podcast. She moved to California in 2017 to pursue screenwriting and is also particularly passionate about Micheladas and Thai food.

Elle Spencer

Elle Spencer

Panel: Romance Between the (Book) Covers

Elle Spencer is the author of several best-selling lesbian romances. She is a hopeless romantic and firm believer in true love, although she knows the path to happily ever after is rarely an easy one—not for Elle and not for her characters.

Before jumping off a cliff to write full time, Elle ran an online store and worked as a massage therapist. When she’s not writing, Elle loves to travel, a good home improvement project and reading lots (and lots) of lesfic.

Elle and her wife split their time between Utah and California, ensuring that at any given time they are either too hot or too cold.

Chelsea Steiner

Chelsea Steiner

Panel: Let’s Get Cliterate!

Chelsea Steiner lives in sunny Los Angeles, where she works as a director/screenwriter/blogger/sex educator. She is the Weekend Editor of The Mary Sue and the writer/director of the web series THANK YOU COME AGAIN, which won Best Web Series at the ClexaCon Film Festival in 2018. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

Susan SurfTone

Susan SurfTone

Panel: Pitch Perfect! The Art of Storytelling

I’m a retro rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter as well as a political columnist writing for The Advocate and AfterEllen. I’m also a former FBI Special Agent and an attorney. I’ve done numerous interviews and podcasts, all of which can be found on my website along with my music and writing.

Christine Svendson

Christine Svendson

Panel: Are Butch/Femme Characters Outdated?

Christine Svendsen is the publisher at Sapphire Books – The Gem in lesbian publishing. Sapphire Books is dedicated to quality outcomes that respectfully reflect the lives of our community. We publish and promote lesbian literature that embraces and reflects those diverse experiences. We value diversity of stories, experiences, and celebrate those diversities through lesbian literature.

Carsen Taite

Carsen Taite

Panel: Strong Women in LGBTQ Fiction

Carsen Taite’s mission is to spin tales with plot lines as interesting as the cases she encountered in her career as a criminal defense lawyer. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels featuring thrills and romance, including the Luca Bennett Bounty Hunter series, the Lone Star Law series, and soon to be released Legal Affairs romances.

Alyssa Tassart

Alyssa Tassart

Panel: Queer Representation in Music

Alyssa Tassart is a connoisseur of LGBTQ+ content, and has been involved in many amateur projects to help create honest representation. From helping brainstorm scripts, helping with cinematography, being a roadie, and acting, she’s pretty much done it all. She even has her own line of handmade T-shirts (BluroftheMoment on Etsy) where she shares her excitement for life and new experiences.

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Daren Taylor

Daren Taylor

Panel: BIFL: The Series

Daren Taylor is an accomplished director who focuses on the truth in all the stories he tells. Whether highlighting the true story of a professional BMX biker for Chevy, or creating the story of a mother dealing with the greatest grief imaginable, he is interested in capturing the true nuances of human relationships. Daren doesn’t create content to sell products; he creates content to draw people inexorably toward empathy.

Melissa Taylor

Panel: Horny on Main

Melissa (also known as Mo) is an illustrator and designer who enjoys drawing original characters, comics, and illustrations.

Royal Tee

Royal Tee

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

For the past five years, Royal Tee has graced stages all over Chicago and Atlanta. She is the choreographer and a part of the creative team for Roxie Roz Burlesque, and has started producing her own brand of Queer Femme Burlesque as The Royal Tease Experience. Royal teaches The Royal Tease Burlesque Class at Metropolitan Studios and Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. Royal Tee is the recipient of ‘Best Burlesque’ in Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta Awards 2018.

Mollie (TheEnglishSimmer)

Mollie (TheEnglishSimmer)

Panel: Queer Representation in Video Games 2019

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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Alex Thorne

Alex Thorne

Panel: All the Kudos: A Celebration of Fandom through Fanfiction

Armed with a degree in English Literature and Film Studies, Alex K. Thorne has been tweeting, posting, and reblogging for the last decade. She’s somehow turned her love of social media into a profession and keeps waiting for someone to tell her to get off the Internet and get a real job. Her first book was published in 2018, and she hopes to one day, finally finish that second one.

Lo Troutt

Lo Troutt

Panel: Queer Representation in Music

Lo Troutt is a Tennessee native, which means she happened to grow up queer in the Bible Belt of America. She’s always had a passion for art, and has been involved in theatre for many years, while also creating what she can and being involved in projects that she believes could truly impact the LGBTQ+ community in a positive way. She recently launched her newest project, a podcast called “What’s Up Queers?” which is intended to delve into any and all things queer.

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Chloe Tse

Panel: One Day at a Time (Moderator), Queer People of Colour Representation in the Media

Chloe is a Toronto based journalist who has been published in a wide range of print and digital publications across North America including Curve, Fashion Magazine, The Toronto Star, S/Style, Daily Xtra, CAA Magazine and more. When she’s not writing or editing, this co-founder of TheFeminismProject.com is involved in boots-on-the-ground activism and advocating for intersectional feminism, anti-racism, better LGBTQ+ representation and more. Most recently, she spearheaded the content and strategy around NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Erase The Hate campaign. Above all, this Gaysian is a dog mom to super (bad) beagle, Clark Kent.

Kim Turrisi

Kim Turrisi

Panel: Breaking into Book Publishing for Aspiring Writers

Kim won a Daytime Emmy for a web series she co-created and wrote: Venice The Series. Her debut Young Adult novel JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY is loosely based on her own experience. It 16-year-old Kai as she struggles through the emotional aftermath of her sister’s suicide. Sophomore novel, CARMILLA is based on the wildly popular web series of the same name.

Candida Valentina

Candida Valentina

Panel: Queer Representation in Burlesque

Candida Valentina is the founder and producer of Queerly Beloved Revue and the VP of Secret City Burlesque. She’s also an Atlanta based model, performer, actress and lesbian looking to be outspoken about the resistance. Candida produces a wide variety of LGBTQ+ shows and events. She uses her platform help push unity, diversity and acceptance within the community and beyond. Partnering with venues such as My Sister’s Room -MSR (the longest running Lesbian bar in the Southeast) and Red Light Café – ATL, she’s showing that there is more to our community than meets the eye.

Elaine Venter

Elaine Venter

Panels: Femslash Fandom as a Community of Support; #SocialMediaBoss: How to Run Social Media Like a Pro

Elaine Venter is a mass media professor and social media addict.
She has no shame admitting she mains Junkrat in Overwatch because she’s good at chaotic aim. When she’s not teaching or doing research (i.e. on social media), she can be found binge watching TV, playing video games, and when she does get out, hiking or scuba diving.

Robyn Vie Carpenter-Brisco

Robyn Vie Carpenter-Brisco

Panels: Queer Digital Nomads: How to Travel and Work at the Same Time; Queer Women Writers Workshop; Pitch Perfect! The Art of Storytelling

Robyn is a self-proclaimed hippie diva, living out her dreams. She is an author, a speaker, a muse. She raises money for fun and is always glad to meet someone new. She is the creator of TheLesbianSocialite.com, the author of “Let’s Get Stoned – using stones and crystals to create a life that rocks!” Robyn spends her days looking for opportunities to collaborate and celebrate joy!

Dana Vahle

Dana Vahle

Panel: TransForming Media: Behind the Scenes with Trans People in the Industry

Dana Kristen Vahle is a stunt performer and fly’s helicopters, airplanes and seaplanes in motion picture and television shows. She is a member of the SAG-AFTRA LBGT Committee and Stunt & Safety Committee. Dana also has won the World Stunt Award for an action scene in the movie “Behind Enemy Lines”.

Patricia Vázquez

Patricia Vázquez

Panel: Queering the classroom one campus at a time – Teaching LGBT content in Higher Ed

A queer Latinx professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada where I’ve been teaching for over twenty years. Each semester I teach Composition, World Literature, Latin American Literature and Queer Literature. I graduated from Arizona State University with an MA in Comparative Literature, specializing in Latin American literature. My thesis was on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. My latest research projects are focused on Dante.

Elizabeth Vlasoff

Elizabeth Vlasoff

Panel: Queer Representation in Video Games 2019

Elizabeth is the managing editor of video games at The Fandomentals and a lifelong gamer. When not at her accounting day job, Elizabeth likes to spend her time defending Bethesda titles and talking smack about Dark Souls on Twitter. This is her third year attending ClexaCon as a panelist, and she is thrilled to be returning to discuss all the exciting new queer content in video games in 2018.

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Jamie Ward

Jamie Ward

Panel: Finding LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

Jamie has her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Psychology. She is currently a resident in counseling working as a crisis therapist for a community service board in Virginia.

Andrea Walter

Andrea Walter

Panel: The Gaysian Project Presents: Celebrating Queer Asian Americans in Media and Fandom

Andrea A. Walter is British Filipina independent Writer and Director, from the Philippines. She lives and works in both Los Angeles and the Philippines, with EMPTY BY DESIGN (2019) is her first feature film releasing this year.

B. Danielle Watkins

B. Danielle Watkins

Panel: Queer Women Writers Workshop

B. Danielle Watkins, author, screen-writer, and film maker, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. In 2000, at the age of 15, Ms. Watkins had her first poem published in the “Poetry Gems” Collection presented by The Famous Poets Society. In 2015, Ms. Watkins stepped into the web series limelight, after 4 successful novels, with her screen adaptation of the novel by Natalie Simone entitled “Girls Just Don’t Do That”, and finally closed the year out with her second religious LGBT theme short film entitled “I’ve Seen Love Die”. Ms. Watkins also became the only African American woman to write, produce, and star in a REVRY Original Series with the premiere of the dry humor hit sitcom “3030” in June of 2017. For more visit www.bdaniellewatkins.com

Heather Weiss

Heather Weiss

Panel: Queer Women and Trans People in Theater

As an artist, community builder, and storyteller, Heather has worked as a documentary film producer and professional Broadway Stage Manager on some of the industry’s most acclaimed productions. She also designed and created  Dive In Deck | Cards to Ignite + Inspire Deeper Dialogue. Heather currently holds the full-time position as Faculty Production Stage Manager at The Julliard School.

Amber Williams

Amber Williams

Panel: Academic Lab

Amber Williams is a graduate student at UNLV doing research on stereotype-consistency bias, an effect where people tend to remember stereotypical information about others better than nonstereotypical information. The limited research exploring stereotype-consistency bias for LGBTQ characters may indicate that, instead of genuinely remembering stereotypical information better, participants guess stereotypes to questions they do not know. However, this research is not conclusive. Amber’s current research focuses on which cognitive biases people use when remembering information about lesbian and gay characters and what factors are responsible for the findings of previous LGBTQ research. This information will hopefully be useful for understanding how stereotyping occurs and developing interventions to reduce stereotype use.

Chelsea Woods

Chelsea Woods

Panel: Filmmakers Panel

Chelsea Woods is a writer-director from Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, Chelsea was a participant is the AFI Director’s Workshop for Women. Her shorts films have screened at Outfest, Citizen Jane, St. Louis Film Festival and LA Shorts Fest among others. She most recently made the short, Central & Broadway, as a part of the Queeroes short film series for Them.us and executive produced by Jill Soloway.

Barbara Ann Wright

Barbara Ann Wright

Panel: Strong Women in LGBTQ Fiction

Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels when not ranting on her blog. She has been a finalist in the Foreword Review Book of the Year Awards, the Goldie Awards, and the Lambda Literary Awards. She’s won five Rainbow Awards and made BookRiot’s 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors.

Sheryl Wright

Sheryl Wright

Panel: Decolonizing Queer Spaces

Okwar’onónhkwai:kwa (Sheryl Wright) is urban indigenous and an award-winning and bestselling author. A Faith Keeper of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk). She started her career in the military as a Photographer and a Musician then training as a pilot. She’s flown everything and all over Turtle Island from the tip of the Florida Keys to the Arctic Circle. She started writing ten years ago, after suffering a Medical Misfortune. A term she learned from reading the lesbian fiction she loves to write and share.

Monica Y.

Monica Y.

Panel: Recapping Queer TV

Monica lives with her wife and her cat in Pittsburgh, PA, and loves to shout about TV, representation, theories, and everything in between. She writes recaps and anything else that enters her mind for The TV Junkies and for her blog, and she’s been inspired in the last year by Everything Sucks!, One Day at a Time, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Wynonna Earp. A proud Lenasexual, she feels that Lena Luthor is a good person, Legends of Tomorrow is the best show in the Arrowverse, and Wynonna Earp’s loudest message is the one of found family.

Rianilda Yap

Rianilda Yap

Panel: All the Kudos: A Celebration of Fandom through Fanfiction

San Francisco born, Ria is a first generation Filipina-American. A Space Specialist by occupation, she also enjoys immersing herself in femslash ranging from Romantic Comedies to Sci-Fi Thrillers. As if that weren’t enough, she is also the Merchandising Coordinator for ClexaCon and can often be found at the official ClexaCon merchandise booth. #Clexa5ever

Danielle Zarcaro

Danielle Zarcaro

Panel: Queer Digital Nomads: How to Travel and Work at the Same Time

Danielle Zarcaro is a web developer specializing in custom WordPress websites. She has a passion for helping people finish their websites and streamline their online systems. She likes book clubs, snuggling cats, and hot chocolate in her coffee.

Cat Zimm

Cat Zimm

Panel: Death By Avalance: A Legends of Tomorrow Fan Panel

Cat Zimm is a lifelong fan of pop culture, with a concentration in all things nerdy, and has recently begun sharing her passion with the world. She is often found flailing in all caps on Twitter about various shows, movies, and Rachel Weisz. She can be seen on Monday nights after “Legends of Tomorrow” as the surprise bonus host to the fan video hangout, “Death by Avalance”.