Miles of Love Roadshow 2019

Forum Overview: 

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Large parts of the aviation and travel industry have worked hard to enable both staff and customers to be themselves. 

Aviation shrinks the world. It brings cultures, nationalities and religions together. This offers massive opportunities to increase mutual understanding and tolerance. But for LGBTIQ+ people, air travel is not always a moment of joy and excitement. Our communities need to consider whether their love and existence is even legal when they select  airlines, airports and destinations.

Transgender, intersex and gender diverse people face particular scrutiny. And for the thousands of LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers and refugees, travel is a harsh, cold necessity as they flee – often in fear for their lives – from unspeakable violence, terror and discrimination.

Through public events and closed door meetings, the Forum will be a unique opportunity to explore how the aviation industry can work with LGBTIQ+ communities and activists around the world to become real travel agents of change. 

High profile leaders and speakers from across the globe will offer insights, connections, solutions and training on bridging the gap between human rights and travel.

The aviation and travel industry will convene for a unique and groundbreaking event. Participants will explore how the aviation industry can work with LGBTIQ+ communities in Australia, Hong Kong and around the world to become more meaningful and impactful allies.

Roadshow Dates: November 12 – 24th, 2019
International Speakers include:

Matt Beard, Executive, All Out, UK

Taylor Carr, Chief of Staff, Athlete Ally, USA 

Paul Dillane, LGBT Advisory Panel Member, UK Government

Theresa Goh, Singapore Paralympian

Aron le Fèvre, Director of Human Rights, Copenhagen (World Pride) 2021

Daniel Mendonca, Intersex and Gender Justice Activist, India

Suparnee (Jay) Pongruengphant, National Project Officer on Governance, Human Rights and LGBT, UNDP, Thailand

Eliana Rubashkyn, Member, Rainbow Path, ITANZ, New Zealand

Jaiyah Saelua, American Samoa international footballer, international sports inclusion advocate, “Next Goal Wins” film representative, Member, FIFA “11 For Diversity,” Member, Society Of Fa’afafine In American Samoa (SOFIAS)

Dr Ryan Storr, Lecturer in Sports Development, Western Sydney Uni, Co-Founder, Proud2Play, Australia

More Event Information:

As of Oct 14th – Full Schedule – Australia and Hong Kong 2019 – Miles of Love Forum Roadshow.pdf


November 12th, Sydney, Equality Australia Events, TBA                                     


Nov 13: High-Level Meetings and Roundtables, Australian Consulate 

November 14th-15th, Canberra, Queer Displacements Conference, ANU


November 16th, Adelaide, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute 

Feast Festival Events Tickets Available for Nov 16th!
Miles of Love: Travel Advocacy Forum (16th Nov)
Miles of Love: Official Opening [Mixer] (16th Nov)
Miles of Love: Short Film & Fireside (16th Nov)

Nov 17: High-Level Meetings and Roundtables, Amnesty International (SA)

Hong Kong:

November 19th- 24th, Hong Kong, Eaton HK

Nov 19th: EXTRA DAY JUST ADDED TBA Including a Comparative Law Talk and Refugee Law Roundtable
Nov 20th:
LGBTIQ+ Sports Awareness and Inclusion Seminar
TDoR – A Night of Trans Remembrance in Hong Kong

Nov 21:

How To Be An Intersectional Ally: Pink Season Collaboration

Nov 22: High-Level Meetings and Roundtables, Australian Consulate HK

Nov 23rd:

Call Her Ganda – Hong Kong Premiere Screening