Miles Of Love

Planet Ally & Amnesty International

A day of events about LGBTIQA+ travel!

Travel Advocacy Forum – Tandanya (9:00am – 5:00pm)
Trans in Dubai? Gay in Brunei? Whiteness and travel privilege? Safe travel can be a luxury. The Miles of Love Forum brings together leaders and activists from across the world to share their travel experiences and challenges, and to discuss topics such as ‘pink washing’, forced displacement and LGBTIQA+ inclusion within the airline and travel industries. In the evening there will be a film screening and mixer event. Miles of Love will imagine new approaches to travel that bridge the divide between the promise and the reality.


  • Paul Dillane, David Davies of Llandinam Fellow in International Relations, Department of International Relations, London School Economics, Expert, UK Government LGBT Advisory Panel
  • Renee Dixon, Co-Founder, Convenor, Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration and Exile Queer Sisterhood Project Creator, Queer Displacements Archive
  • Tina Dixson, Co-Founder, Convenor Queer Sisterhood Project Project, Co-Founder, Convenor, Queer Displacements
  • Margherita Coppolino, Inclusion and Intersectionality Consultant, President, National Ethnic Disability Alliances (Australia)
  • Minoo Eslami, Director, Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network 6Rang Fellow, Salzburg Global Forum
  • Theresa Goh, Singapore Paralympian, Planet Ally Ambassador (Singapore)
  • Bess Hepworth, Founder and Executive Director, Planet Ally, Founder, Miles of Love Forum (Aus/Hong Kong)
  • Amao Leota Lu, Director, Gender Equality and Culture, @PlanetAlly (Australia)
  • Daniel Mendonca, Intersex and Gender Rights Activist (India)
  • Mani Bruce Mitchell, Founder, ITANZ Intersex, Co-Chair, ILGA Oceania
  • Eliana Rubashkyn, Co-Founder, Rainbow Path, Board Member @ITANZ (NZ)
  • Miki Charlamagne Wali, Founder, Haus of Khameleon

Official Opening Mixer – Sparkke at the Whitmore (5:30pm)
Come and meet some of our amazing global activists as we celebrate the official launch of ‘Miles of Love’ in Australia.

Short Films & Fireside (included in ticket price of the Forum) – Sparkke at the Whitmore (7:00pm)
Join us for a screening of two award-winning films, followed by a Fireside Chat with local and global refugees, activists and experts.

  • Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island 16 mins, 2016 Recorded interviews with two men detained on the Manus Island Processing Centre are vividly brought to life with animation, highlighting the personal side of the human rights crisis faced by people seeking asylum in Australia after fleeing persecution from elsewhere.
  • We’re All In This Together 18 mins, 2018 Young queer Australians audition to retell stories from their elders who paved the way for their rights. Scripted verbatim from interviews, accounts of public protest, police brutality and isolation from queer history are retold and reimagined by a younger generation.

Follow or join in the conversation on social media via #MilesofLove2019. Full schedule released on World Tourism Day, 27th September!