With ClexaCon getting closer and closer I wanted to highlight some of the groups that are making the convention possible. For 2018 they have a number of partners who are working with them to bring some great LGBT+ content to fans. I will explain each of the partners and will share some brief elements for those I interacted with at previous conventions.
Curve Magazine is North America’s best-selling lesbian magazine and is full of articles that highlight LGBTQ culture, events, film, televisions, and so much more. They also have a collection of videos and a book club section devoted to reviewing queer content. For those of you looking for additional events beyond ClexaCon, they even have a detailed calendar of events from around the world. In keeping with magazine, Epochalips is a multi-contributor site for specifically BOOMER lesbians and their friends. This site is geared a bit more towards older members of the LGBTQ+ community. Linhk is an app that provides resources for bisexual and lesbian women to find events in their area that are focused on the LGBTQ community.
Geeks OUT began in 2011 with the goal of making an epic booth at the 2011 New York ComicCon and after that they evolved there mission into something larger. They focused on making a queer-positive place where those in the community and their allies could be represented within geek culture. LGBT Fans Deserve Better rose out of the tragic death of Lexa on The 100. Their mission is to educate people on the importance of positive LGBT representation in the media. In their work to raise awareness about this issue they have grown and are even now making merchandise.
The Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation chose ClexaCon as their first convention to partner with and in the future they will be working to create LGBTQ women specific events as part of the summer of 2018 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival. NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film and Media Arts Organization, works to shine a light on the LGBT community and is dedicated to bringing filmmakers and audiences together to build a supportive community. Women Sports Film Festival is the final film focused sponsor and they work to celebrate female athletes and storytellers through documentary film.
On the pop culture side of things is Prism Comics. They are a non-profit all volunteer organization that supports LGBTQIA+ comic books, professionals in the field, comic readers, and educators. They were founded in 2003 to help network and share their knowledge of LGBTQ+ comics. Sapphire Books is noted as the gem of lesbian literature. Founded in 2010 they produce and publish a variety of lesbian literary works. I happened to stop at their booth last year and I found a great read that I read on my flight home.
Happening after ClexaCon is Universal Fancon, their focus is to highlight a variety of fans and fandoms, while creating a united force for good. This convention has an amazing guest line up and sounds like it will be another great weekend if you are looking for more cons to check out after ClexaCon. The non-profit organization, True Colors Fund, is also working with ClexaCon. Their mission is to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. They work as advocates for this community and provide training and education as well as work directly with the population they are supporting.
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