Misty is a passionate researcher, educator, and advocate for inclusion.
Misty is a PhD Researcher at the Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education, where they also teach. Locally and nationally, they are extremely active in community outreach, education, and advocacy efforts. As well as facilitating LGBTIQ+ inclusion training and other projects to support the community, Misty is the founder of Bisexual+ Community Perth.
Misty’s research explores how people living outside binary ideas of sexuality / gender experience recognition in Australia. They have authored articles in several mainstream publications, and have presented as an invited speaker at conferences around Australia, including at the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Health in Difference conference. Misty has contributed to a United Nations report on bisexuality, and has consulted on issues of sexuality and gender with government departments and other high profile organisations.
Prior to commencing their PhD, Misty spent over ten years in community and organisational development leadership positions across sectors. Most recently, they worked at a large not-for-profit managing a diverse team of staff and volunteers to challenge stigma, promote connections, and improve long-term outcomes for people traditionally excluded by society such as young people, people living with mental illness and/or disability, and people experiencing homelessness. During this time, Misty was invited by the U.S. Government to participate in an International Visitors Leadership Program focused on LGBTIQ+ Rights.
Misty also holds a Master of Human Rights and a Bachelor of Psychology.