In 2016, two fans came together to tell a story.

At the center of storytelling lies exposure, education, and empathy. Positive representation has the capacity to both empower and validate the experiences of those who are marginalized and/or in the developing stages of their queer and trans identities. If done well and with authenticity, it also has the potential to reconcile someone’s fear of difference and diversity—which is a crucial message now more than ever. 


Rachel Ward, Executive Producer


Rachel is a co-founder of The Clexa Project and director of Love Me Bait Me. She graduated from CSU, Chico with degrees in Women’s Studies and Finance. Her passion for social justice, queer media, and social entrepreneurship is reflected in her efforts to produce Love Me Bait Me. Rachel also serves on the Equi Institute’s Board of Directors and works at Northwest Surrogacy Center helping families realize their dream of parenthood.

Margot van der Bie, Co-Producer


Margot is a co-founder of The Clexa Project and co-producer of Love Me Bait Me. After graduating from CSU, Chico, she worked as a Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocate before making a career transition to queer family planning with a boutique law firm. She is especially passionate about elevating silenced voices within the LGBTQ+ community, specifically at the intersection of religion and sexuality. 

Erika Lygren, Editor


Erika is a queer video editor passionate about strengthening the LGBTQ+ filmmaking community. In 2014 she filmed and edited the 2nd place award-winning documentary in the Freedom & Unity TV Youth Film Competition.  Two years later she acquired a B.A. from Bennington College. Recently, Erika co-edited a documentary (Our Trails Too) that received the first annual Outdoor Adventure Film Grant presented by the OregonMade Creative Foundation, Oregon Film, and Travel Oregon.

Bren Coombs, Producer


Since forming Rad Bren Productions in 2011, Bren has produced several award-winning stage productions and musicals, an LGBTQ documentary film (Out in Alabama), two radio shows, multiple web series, and numerous events, including cast-attended fan events for South of Nowhere and All My Children. In addition to their experience in marketing, production, and fundraising, Bren is also currently the Prop Designer for the Chicago College of Performing Arts.  

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