KIRSTIE & CHRISTINE
Kirstie Pike and Christine Diaz are an award-winning multicultural LGBTQ+ couple using their platform, On Airplane Mode, to inspire others to follow their passions all while celebrating who they are and who they love! We started our platform from the ground up to empower women and the LGBTQ+ community to have their voices heard. On Airplane Mode is now one of the leading LGBTQ+ travel platforms in the United States.
On Airplane Mode creates unique storytelling content that spotlights the intersections of travel across all verticals in fashion, entertainment, lifestyle and beauty. The dynamic duo, Kirstie and Christine, offer brands expertise in social media, influencer consulting, and marketing to create impactful campaigns that resonate with diverse audiences and create positive change. Kirstie Pike and Christine Diaz are also international speakers and have earned accolades through the work of their platform from esteemed publications and award ceremonies such as Tagg Magazine, Diva Magazine, The Points Guy Awards, and the GayTravel Awards. They use their platform, On Airplane Mode, as a way to champion LGBTQ+ advocacy by actively participating in committees for organizations like the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce (LAGLCC) and the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA).
In the past, OAM has featured brands across multiple verticals from United Airlines, Netflix, Michael Kors, Kiehls, Free People, Visit Great Britain, Booking.com and more. OAM consults with brands, tourism boards, and corporations, guiding them towards greater acceptance and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. Kirstie Pike and Christine Diaz view the media landscape not just as a platform for storytelling, but as an avenue for storytelling that truly matters. They remain optimistic about leveraging this medium to continue building acceptance and inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.
Kirstie and Christine ventured to South East Asia in 2019. They wanted to document their journey so they purchased a $15 tripod and used their iphone to capture their experiences. It was then, where they observed the lack of LGBTQ+ representation in media, particularly in travel. This realization spurred them to establish a platform where the LGBTQ+ community could seek guidance on various topics, including travel and relationships. Over time, their platform evolved to encompass fashion, skincare, beauty, and entertainment.
We view the media landscape not just as a platform for storytelling, but as an avenue for storytelling that truly matters. We remain optimistic about leveraging this medium to continue building acceptance and inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.
GET TO KNOW US
Kirstie harbored creative aspirations from a young age. She pursued her education at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, California. Kirstie's passion for travel blossomed as she embarked on a two-year journey, managing the Coogee Bay Hotel in Sydney, Australia, on a working holiday visa. Her path led her to New York City, where she crossed paths with Christine Diaz. Together, they ventured to South East Asia, where they observed the dearth of LGBTQ+ representation in media, particularly in travel. This realization spurred them to establish a platform where the LGBTQ+ community could seek guidance on various topics, including travel and relationships.
Christine comes from a large family and she was born and raised in New Jersey - just 15 minutes outside of New York City. Christine has extensive knowledge through working in the ad and marketing industry for over 10 years. She leverages her knowledge from corporate America, by applying that in her platform On Airplane Mode. In her profession as an LGBTQ+ advocate, Christine is an LGBTQ+ travel speaker and discusses the importance of DEI inclusion and prioritizing the representation for queer women and women in general in all industries. She has the ability to build meaningful relationships with brands, businesses, and audiences that impact broader culture and create lasting conversations.