News & Politics
ClexaCon Panelists & Press Speak OUT
Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ caught up with several panelists at ClexaCon in Las Vegas to talk about their work and give us their spin on our LGBTQ issues. First we chatted with Susan SurfTone who is a retro rock guitarist and vocalist with several CDs released over the years, playing mostly surf and rockabilly music with a modern edge. Susan is also a lawyer and a former Special Agent for the FBI who gave us her insight on the current Russia investigation of the Trump administration. Currently Susan addresses political issues ahead of the curve for numerous LGBTQ publications. Then we talked to Rhonda Marable the principal strategist and chief project manager at Ronnie B Consulting based in San Francisco that specializes in helping companies that range from small starting businesses to Fortune 500 companies to find and fix branding problems that stem from inefficiencies in communication. When asked how she sees our LGBTQ community moving forward in this Trump administration Rhonda stated that we need to come together and talk about becoming good citizens. Marable is also a writer and working on a screenplay that was getting a lot of buzz at ClexaCon.
Next we chatted with Mona Elyafi the founder and CEO of ILDK Media, a boutique Public Relations company specializing in Entertainment and LGBTQ publicity and marketing campaigns. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Elyafi’s portfolio includes The Dinah Shore Weekend, tello films, Marlene Forte (The Fosters), Filmmakers Marina Rice Bader, Nicole Cohn, Francisco Lorite, transgender activist Michaela Mendelsohn and has been instrumental in providing dozens of her clients for OUTTAKE VOICES™. We concluded our podcast with Cuban actress and fierce LGBTQ ally Marlene Forte recently seen on Netflix’s Altered Carbon, Hulu’s Marvel’s Runaways, The Fosters, Fear The Walking Dead and Superstore. Forte loves the way ClexaCon is bringing women together and believes it’s a very important and powerful experience to have this opportunity for women to make connections and take charge.
ClexaCon was created and is run by Holly Winebarger, Ashley Arnold and Danielle Jablonski with the goal to provide a safe space and a world-wide community of LGBTQ+ women and allies who love TV, film, comics and books and to encourage more LGBTQ+ women to get involved in content creation and to embolden allies to improve representation for LGBTQ+ characters in their creative work. ClexaCon started as a simple meet-up to unite fans of LGBTQ+ pop culture and evolved into a full-blown convention with over 3500 attendees at its second conference at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. ClexaCon London, UK takes place November 3rd and November 4th 2018.
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