The Clexa Project will be exploring how the mainstream media industry misrepresents, baits, and erases diverse LGBTQ+ characters, specifically queer women and their corresponding relationships. We are demanding that all stories be celebrated, and wish to educate others of this demand through the production of a feature length documentary.
Funds generated through the North Valley Community Foundation will be utilized for all pre-production, production, and post-production costs. With the support and participation of various stakeholders in the movement for positive LGBTQ+ representation, we will be producing this film with the intention of cultivating a culture that humanizes diverse communities and challenges limiting media stereotypes.
Since queer and trans representation has evolved, so has its mistreatment. Not only are queer and trans experiences misrepresented and in some cases excluded, but there’s also very little positive representation of LGBTQ+ people of color and folks with other ignored intersections (i.e. disability, size, class, religious affiliation, documentation, etc.). Our community is not only faced with one-dimensional portrayals, but we are also wrought with fear that a character’s life could end at any moment, for no reason at all (i.e. the “Bury Your Gays” trope). Negative LGBTQ+ stereotypes and tropes have the capacity to perpetuate and encourage discrimination, harassment, and bullying in its viewers. Limiting portrayals of queer characters can create unrealistic standards, further influencing the development of low self-esteem, negative self-image, internalized queerphobia, depression, and suicidality within the LGBTQ+ community. Since the media plays a crucial role in teaching the young minds of our future generations, we think it’s vital and necessary to keep the conversation going.