For over 10 years Micah has led the charge for LGBTIQ youth empowerment as founding Chief Executive Officer at the Minus18 Foundation. Building the most visible platform for young queer Australians to connect and be heard, Minus18 has delivered social inclusion and education to hundreds of thousands of young people all over the country.
Micah speaks openly about the challenges he faced growing up in a conservative religious environment and experiencing first hand the impact homophobic bullying had on his mental health. Transforming these experiences into catalysts for changes, Micah’s mission has since been to empower and unite the community to be agents of LGBTIQ visibility, education and celebration.
A leading LGBTIQ inclusion and creative specialist, he has been involved in the development of ground breaking LGBTIQ youth initiatives Australia wide, including the first ever Queer Formal, the first national LGBTIQ Education Curriculum for secondary schools, and founding the IDAHOBIT Australia youth project. For these achievements Micah was named finalist for the Victorian Young Australian of the Year, and named GLOBE's LGBTIQ Person of the Year in 2017.
Micah is fiercely passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge to empower others to lead their own local initiatives, working as inclusion and creative advisor and lecturer for institutions nationwide, including the Shannon Company, Oaktree Foundation, The Foundation for Young Australians, La Trobe University, Monash University and The Victorian Government.
Micah was recognised as the youngest recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018 by the Vice-Chancellor of Monash University.