This letter is part of the Stop Deportations to Danger campaign.

Dear Qantas,

Australia has a brutal and inhumane refugee and asylum seeker policy which destroys lives, including those of children. Numerous authorities have found that the system of refugee processing and detention falls foul of international law.

Qantas has long championed the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. As marginalised and oppressed groups, we are not discrete and separate. Our communities intersect and overlap. We draw on the history of our struggles to stand with migrants and refugees who around the world are facing deportations to places of danger.

It is grossly hypocritical that Qantas continues to be complicit in the execution of the Australian government’s policy, by undertaking forced deportations and domestic transfers between detention prisons.

We commend Virgin Atlantic’s (UK) leadership in 2018 to end all involuntary deportations in response to activist group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants’ campaign.

If Qantas truly cares about ‘standing up for what is right, standing up for a fair go and standing up for those who can’t’ we urge the airline to stand in solidarity with all who are seeking safety and cease forced deportations.

In the spirit of Australia,
All out | @AllOut [International]
The First Mardi Gras
Community Action Against Homophobia
Democracy in Colour
Doc Society [International]
Ethnic LGBT+
Help Refugees [UK]
LGBTIQ Legal Service — St Kilda Legal | @samSKLS
Mums for Refugees
Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Say it Loud Club [UK]
Soda Jerk [New York]
The Institute of Many | @nicheholas
The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
Uniting Church LGBTIQ Network
Workers Art Collective — Victorian Trades Hall

Assoc. Professor Anne Brown | peace worker & scholar
Angela Smith | deportation researcher
Benjamin Law | author, broadcaster & screenwriter | @mrbenjaminlaw
Brodie Turner | sexual violence prevention educator | @brodiewrote [instagram]
Cassie Workman | comedian
Charlotte Mars | producer of Gayby Baby
Professor Dennis Altman AM | patron, Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives & Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia| @altman_dennis
Deborah Kelly | artist | @deborahkellyartist [instagram]
Eugenia Lim | artist
Fiona Kelly McGregor | writer & performance artist |@fionakmcgregor [instagram]
Geraldine Hickey | comedian | @geraldinehickey
Hannah Kent| writer |
Jacob Thomas | Queens Young leader | @jacobthomasaust [instagram]
Maeve Marsden |writer producer & theatremaker |@maevemarsden
Molly Whelan | Melbourne Queer Film Festival Co-President
Nathan Valvo | comedian |
Nayuka Gorrie | Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri & Yorta Yorta writer | @NayukaGorrie
Nevo Zisin | author, educator & public speaker | @FindingNevo1
Nicole Barakat | artist
Peter Hackney | journalist & editor
Peter Tatchell | Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation | @PeterTatchell
Rachel Evans | activist & journalist
Rajni Shah | writer, artist & academic | @rajni_shah
Dr Senthorun Raj | Lecturer in Law | @senthorun
Shahmen Suku | performance artist | @radhalabia [instagram]
Simon Hunt (Pauline Pantsdown) | satirist, artist & activist | @PPantsdown
Sophie Cunningham (AM) | writer | @sophiec
Tom Ballard | comedian, television & radio presenter |@TomCBallard
Tony Ayres | writer, director & executive producer | @tonyayres
Victoria Hunt | performance artist |
Zoë Coombs Marr | comedian & theatre maker |@zoecoombsmarr

News coverage of this letter:
(Joy) Qantas under fire for deporting asylum seekers
(Star Observer) LGBTI Australians Back Campaign To Stop Qantas Deporting Refugees
(Pink News) Pressure building on Qantas to end LGBT deportations
(QNews) LGBTIQ Australians pressure Qantas on refugees

#StopDeportationsToDanger #NoPrideInDeportations #QantasTakeAStand

Photo credit: Alex Bainbridge. Taken outside the Qantas AGM in Brisbane 2018.