With ClexaCon 2019 over for the year now is the inevitable moment where you start to feel those blues washing over you. Even though the convention is over for now, there are still ways to keep the feeling of ClexaCon going. If you are like me and don’t really have safe queer spaces where you live I have some tips for avoiding the blues through some more online focused spaces.
The first thing I would recommend is checking out the ClexaCon YouTube channel. For every ClexaCon, including the London convention, recorded panels have been posted on their channel for those who either couldn’t be at the convention or who might have missed panels while they were there. You can either rewatch a panel you already attended or you could check out a panel that you might not have been able to go to. This is something I did almost immediately after the convention ended last year.
You can also reach out to fellow attendees who might be dealing with some blues of their own. Whether you met friends at the convention or you are just online, keep an eye out for people mentioning having been at ClexaCon or people who might have added ClexaCon to there names. You can commiserate with them about being away from the feeling of the convention.
Another tip is checking out shows or podcasts that were mentioned at ClexaCon that you hadn’t already been watching or listening to. I strongly recommend Vida, which is a short series with some diverse characters, or Black Lightning, which has the bulletproof lesbian superhero Thunder. I’ve already mentioned some of the podcasts, but I’ll mention that Lez Hang Out and Coming Out with Lauren and Nicole are two of my favorites. Also as a quick reminder, to avoid getting con crud you might want to drink some orange juice or try some vitamin C. Sometimes it can’t be avoided, but maybe you can beat the crud if you act early.
You can check out the ClexaCon website for any convention updates and keep an eye out for new videos on their YouTube channel.