Stars of The L Word are heading for Las Vegas and so are we!
BY DIVA STAFF
The largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQI+ women, gender non-conforming individuals and allies is returning to Las Vegas this April and DIVA will be there!
ClexaCon, which aims to “raise the bar” for queer representation, lands in Sin City for the fourth time in 2020, and this year’s event looks set to be the best yet, as stars of The L Word will be in attendance. Deep breaths, DIVA…
Taking place April 16-19 at The Tropicana Hotel, ClexaCon will celebrate the illustrious individuals who make the entertainment industry’s progressive and prolific LGBTQI+ community so powerful and diverse with a packed program of panels, meet and greets, celebrity autographs and photographs, and workshops from an elite community of LGBTQI+ game-changers, industry tastemakers, media influencers and actors.
This year’s event boasts the an eclectic and diverse roster including L Word icons from the original series and from The L Word: Generation Q, with a reunion of original cast members Kate Moennig (The L Word, Ray Donovan), Leisha Hailey (The L Word) and Sarah Shahi (The L Word, Person Of Interest) for the first time at a U.S. convention.
Other confirmed guests include former DIVA cover star Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Legends of Tomorrow), Amy Acker (The Gifted, Person of Interest), Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Felicia Day (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, The Guild), Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13, Spartacus), Jes Macallan (Legends Of Tomorrow), Janet Varney (Legend Of Korra), and Lyrika Ocano (Marvel’s Runaways).
Elsewhere, panels will address issues such as LGBTQ+ actors playing LGBTQ+ roles, representation for trans people, bi people and people of colour, and how best to support queer content creators to tell their stories.
“LGBTQ+ representation continues to matter and more so now than ever before,” explains ClexaCon director and producer Danielle Jablonski. “This is why the Con continues to provide educational resources for the community to aid in the push for better and equal representation.
“Its goal is to teach and motivate more LGBTQ+ individuals to participate in creating the stories that actually reflect America’s evolving cultural landscape.”
Danielle adds: “According to GLAAD 2019 report LGBTQ representation in films is up, but less diverse.
“ClexaCon is hoping to actively be a pioneer in the movement to challenge the tropes and champion lesbian, bisexual and queer women and gender nonconforming individuals behind and in front of the camera. The Con hopes to drive the conversation on how to move into and adapt to a more inclusive entertainment future.
“We believe that it is vital to support and nurture LGBTQ+ women and non-binary creators so that they are able to write authentic stories and push for better representation in all aspects of the entertainment industry moving forward.”
That’s not all, folks. ClexaCon 2020 will also be treating fans to a film festival, burlesque show, and pool parties. And as if the programme wasn’t jam-packed enough, organisers have also added a music showcase with several featured LGBTQI+ musicians, a cabaret event featuring LGBTQI+ performers, and karaoke.
Sounds pretty incredible, right? If you fancy joining DIVA there, get your tickets now at ClexaCon.com.
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