Who We Are

Ulelli Verbeke

Ulelli Verbeke is the Co-chairperson of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) she manages her own small business in holistic health and approaches to healing. She is keen on ensuring SASOD fulfills its obligations to women especially. She is also interested in film making and still and video photography and her work has been used to beautifully document SASOD events and activities. She is a trained photographer, videographer and editor and works on various visual arts and media advocacy projects which capture stories of often stigmatized and marginalized groups and document our histories as communities and movements struggling to achieve full citizenship, equality and human rights for all people.

Joel Simpson

Joel Simpson is the Founder and Co-Chairperson of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) in Guyana. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Guyana. He is a Chevening scholar with a Master of Laws Degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. His research interests include homophobia, human rights, gender, vulnerability, sexual heath, stigma and discrimination. He has extensive experience in these areas, having worked as the UNESCO Human Rights Researcher at the HIV Education Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Human Rights Associate at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office in Guyana. He is the co-founder of the Trinidad and Tobago Anti Violence Project (TTAVP), former board member of the Caribbean Forum for the Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) and a member of the human rights legal core of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC). He also sits on the Advisory Committee to the LGBT Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch (HRW) and is a member of the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex Law Association (ILGLaw), among many other regional and international affiliations.