I AM ON SITE IN VEGAS FOR THE VERY FIRST CLEXACON!
The con is named after the iconic F/F ship of the post-apocalyptic TV show The 100, Clarke and Lexa = Clexa; also, it’s an acknowledgement of all the queer women characters in TV who were killed off last year, and all we’ve lost over the years. Basically, this is the first queer lady in media con and hopefully, it’ll keep right on going.
I’ve been yakkin’ about this quite a bit since I found out it was happening, like, last July and now I am actually here and already I’m pretty sure my head might explode.
For those who have somehow avoided hearing me go on and on about this, it’s a media and entertainment convention for LGBTQ women and allies. So that means there are panels and workshops (check them out right HERE) that deal with all kinds of queer women’s rep in media and associated businesses, actual celebrities on site who will be doing appearances and signing autographs and taking photos with people; some will also be doing workshops.
Perhaps you are interested in who of the celebrity folk are going to be in attendance? CLICK THIS LINK.
They include actress Katherine Barrell and Dominique Provost-Chalkley, the WayHaught relationship from Wynonna Earp; Zoie Palmer, actress from Lost Girl and Dark Matters; Amy Acker from Person of Interest; Alice Wu, director of the film Saving Face…the list goes on, my friends. Hit that link I gave you to see.
And there is EVEN MORE. Vendors. Meetups. Fangirling galore. Holy hell. Go check out the site to see.
I got into Vegas around noon Pacific Time on Thursday (the con is at Bally’s on the strip) and holy shit this place is a sensory overload. Slot machines everywhere, people all, “BUY THIS TICKET TO GO SEE THIS THING OMG YOU MUST” and the traffic is starting to make me feel like it’s L.A. Already, I’ve met some great people, including the cabal (lol) of women behind the scenes who came up with this idea and then freaking pulled it off. I’ll be speaking with one of the primary organizers in the next day or two and post about that. She’s going to give me the story of how this came to be, and I’ll let y’all know.
Thursday evening I met up with some folks I know from the Twitterz and we went to the “badge party” at The Phoenix, a local gay bar here in Vegas. That is, we went to pick up our badges and network/meet new people. Already I’ve met a veritable slew of folks, including a young graphic artist who is way into comics who I hope decides to do a blog with us in the future…oh, and there was director Alice Wu chillin’ at the bar with all of us. And then holy crap the group BETTY out of New York was there and did a surprise song for us. They’re also participating in ClexaCon and are doing a workshop tomorrow.
Unstoppable activists, the women of BETTY use their music for humanitarian outreach: working for equal rights, peace & aid, and the empowerment of girls & women. Since forming in 1986, they are most proud about being part of many hundreds of events that have improved lives, helped change policy and raised millions of dollars for worthy causes, research and people in need. Named Arts Envoys in 2012, the trio works with the U.S. State Department internationally in Cultural Diplomacy. BETTY and their music have been featured on national and international radio, television, films, commercials, jingles, web projects, as guests on recordings, compilation albums and in live theater, including the smash Off-Broadway hit directed by Michael (Rent, Next To Normal) Greif, BETTY Rules. They do. (from the BETTY website)
I’m moderating a panel today (Friday) on queer lady business at 2.30 PST. Here’s the description:
How can you create and succeed with a business that markets to LGBTQ geek women in an ethical way? Join women-owned businesses that have women at the core of their business model. Hear how they work to stay afloat and grow without being exploitative or seduced by the almighty dollar. Discuss how can giving back through philanthropy be a central part of a successful business model. Come to learn, and get all up in our queer lady business!
Sound like fun? I’m looking forward to it! Speaking of, the panel includes the two awesome women who started Fangirl Shirts — I interviewed them for a Fangirl Friday back in October. I’ll be helping them set up this morning (never a dull moment! WOOO!). Also, I found out Sapphire Books is here doing a vendor table, so I’ll pop by there to say howdy, too.
So, yes, I’m running around per usual, but I’ll share the luv with you!
Happy Friday and may The Force be with you!