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Friday, July 8 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Importance of Being Different: LGBTQIA Narratives and Fannishness

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As LGBTQIA fans, many of us are struggling to find our experiences represented in wider popular culture. This can be challenging both in the source material and in transformative works and fan discourse. This panel will address fan narratives from LGBTQIA standpoints and examine the importance of our perspectives to the stories we tell and choose, as well as question the lack of representation, stereotyping, and queerbaiting within much of source media.


Femmequixotic (Femme)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director, Leviosa
Femme has been a fan writer of one stripe or another since she could pick up a pencil. Before stumbling upon online fandom in the early ’90s as an X-Phile, she spent her childhood writing Anne of Green Gables and Gilligan’s Island fanfic—juvenilia which is probably better left... Read More →


Noeon (Noe)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director/Meetup Director, Leviosa
Noe has been active as fan for many years. She thinks her first fannish work was for LOTR book fandom, although she also cosplayed Battle of the Planets as a small child, worried for years over the fate of Starblazers, and will forever be in love with the Fourth Doctor. These days... Read More →
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Dicta is a fanfiction writer, reccer, and tumblr user. She reads and writes primarily in the Harry Potter fandom and ships Harry/Draco, though all things Buffy and Larry Stylinson hold a special place in her heart. When not splashing in the fandom pool she teaches, writes things that... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →
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Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →
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Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III