Clexacon is a fairly new lesbian film and media convention that launched in Vegas in 2016, and has decided to host an event in London.
Clexacon is named after the character Lexa from The 100 who was killed off in 2016 and caused public outcry across the LGBT+ community. Clexacon is a convention that celebrates lesbian film and media and connects fans with the content creators and cast.
The London Clexacon is somewhat smaller than the original Las Vegas version, not surprising given the comparitive amount of lesbian content made in the US compared to the UK and Europe, and because the organisers hail from the US so were putting on one hell of a huge challenge to transport their event from the US to the UK.
There was a definite thread throughout the event that was focussed around Officer Haught from popular Sci Fi series Wynonna Earp; this was no doubt to help bring together the thousands of Earpers (Wynonna Earp fans) from across Europe who were extremely excited to meet Katherine Barrell, the star who plays Nicole Haught. Alongside this there was a good mixture of US television, film and webseries and UK. Alright so the UK side was a little thin on the ground, but as I have already said, that is because the content is much fewer.
Highlights for me were definitely Natasha Negvanlis and Annie Briggs talking Clairevoyant, Jamie Clayton who was amazing on stage talking all things Sense8 and Mandahla Rose from Australian feature film All About E; and I couldn't not mention the huge panel of women talking women in the industry which was inspirational and informative.
It was 10 years since I Can't Think Straight was released, and to celebrate there was a panel featuring Shamim Sarif, Hanan Kattan and Sheetal Sheth. I love this film, and it was a real pleasure to be able to hear from the filmmakers and lead. Also exciting was to hear that they are working on another project. An exciting trailer showcased just how big and bold they want to go in terms of cast, location and special effects. There was a buzz in the room so we really do hope that they get their funding!
In terms of size and content, it didn't compare with the Vegas event which has much more in terms of activities and workshops, and is much more of a mixture of fans and industry; however for a first UK event for what is still a fairly new convention it was two very positive, very engaging days. There certainly was no shortage of things to do - in fact on several occasions I found myself torn between two separate panels.
As well as the panel discussions, there was a number of stalls with everything from Clexacon merchandise and books from lesbian publisher, Bella Books; to fan artwork and even lego characters. Diva Magazine were there if you wanted to subscribe to the UK's lesbian magazine. You were also able to purchase photos, autographs and meet and greets which are pretty much standard for conventions, and which proved very popular amongst those in attendance.
I was delighted to be accompanied by an amazing group of women to talk on a panel about lesbian spaces. A really meaningful discussion took place and it was great to be able to share knowledge and experiences with women not only from the UK but from across Europe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the two days, found some new things to watch, met up with friends from various film/media/book contacts and really hope that this event can be repeated - hopefully we'll have more UK and Europe content to include, and will have more local industry guests.
As the first and largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ women and allies, ClexaCon brings together thousands of diverse LGBTQ fans and content creators from around the world to celebrate positive representation for LGBTQ women in the media.
The next Clexacon event takes place in Las Vegas in 2019.