ClexaCon, the largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ women & allies, took place in London this past weekend and it was awesome.
Building from the massive success of ClexaCon in the states – which has taken place in Las Vegas for the past two years – the event brought a host of actors, directors, journalists and fans to discuss female representation in the film and TV world.
Focusing on a more curated experience for its European attendees ClexaCon London was committed to raising awareness about the differences in creative spaces and support for LGBTQ women in the UK.
Ashley Arnold, Danielle Jablonski & Holly Winebarger the masterminds behind ClexaCon, are actively working to shift conventional thinking by continuing to advance the conversation about female representation in the film & TV world.
In attendance were Kat Barrell aka Officer Haught, Olivia Hallinan (Sugar Rush), Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis (Camilla, Almost Adults), Jamie Clayton (Sense8), Kat Mandahla Rose (Forever Not Maybe, All About E), producer Hanan Kattan, and novelist-filmmaker Shamim Sarif.
The event also featured panels, meet and greets, and workshops from an elite community of LGBTQ game changers, industry tastemakers, media and influencers.
A recent survey conducted by queer women’s app HER, found some disappointing statistics when it came to how LGBTQ women feel at Pride events.
Of 3000+ LGBTQ women asked in America, less than half of had plans to go to any kind of Pride festivities this year, even though 74% said there were local Pride events organised in where they lived.
The main reasons reported for not attending Pride were “I had no one to accompany me”, followed by “None of the events were of interest to me” and “The town I live in did not have anything planned”.
However, sadly of those attending, only 69% said they felt welcomed or well represented at Pride events.
Robyn Exton, founder and CEO of HER, explained
We need Pride now more than ever. These numbers highlight that there are a lot of queer and bisexual women who don’t feel welcomed or heard by our community and, in consequence, don’t go to Pride events.
We all must be aware of this problem so we can improve together. Our number one goal as a community should be that all letters of the LGBTQIA rainbow of all genders feel included. This is what Pride is all about: being seen, heard and welcomed.”
The survey also reported that the importance of Pride was not missed. 89% said they felt Pride events were beneficial for the community.