Ulelli Verbeke is an independent photographer and visual activist who has been working in the area of Human Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons.
Ulelli Verbeke is an independent photographer and visual activist who has been working in the area of Human Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons. She's a member of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) - Guyana's leading LGBT-rights organisation - since 2005. In 2009, she became a member of the board of trustees and in 2014 served as co-chair until she resigned in January 2017.
Her work has been used to document SASOD events and activities between 2009 and 2016. 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 their histories as communities and movements struggling to achieve full citizenship, equality and human rights for all people. Through photography, Ulelli has documented LGBT events hosted by a number of organisations over the years, including the first Caribbean transgender conference hosted by CariFLAGS and CVC in 2009, and ten years of SASOD events.
'Gender Expression - Out of the Box': This project aims to capture lived experiences of persons who identify and express themselves outside of the male-female norm in ways that break down barriers and expand boundaries in relation to sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. The photographs depict stories relating to well-being, as in, access to self-advancement opportunities persons LGBT persons feel they may have gained or been cheated out of as a result of their gender identity and expression. For example, access to health care, educational opportunities, employment opportunities, etc.
'Gender Expression - Out of the Box' was exhibited at the Medulla Art Gallery for the PRIDE Arts FestivaArt Exhibit in Trinidad and Tobago in 2017 and was hosted by I Am ONE TnT and also at Pride Jamaica 2017 #PrideJA2017, this was hosted by Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All- Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG).