Volunteers

Cody Freeman

Cody Freeman

Volunteer Coordinator

Cody Freeman is a Master’s student at Teachers College Columbia University. His work includes political organizing with the Human Rights Campaign, teaching life skills through K-12 gamification with the Missoula Children’s Theater, and consulting various LGBT NGOs on best practices for his focus in Peace & Human Rights Education.

Mohammed Belal

Mohammed Belal

Field Coordinator

Mohammed Al Belal is from a small city in Syria called Al Rumaylan, Al-Hasaka. He studied Mechanical Engineering in Aleppo University, but he was unable to continue because of the battles in Aleppo. He went back to his hometown and studied music (what he really wanted to study); he studied Syriac and Assyrian music. Now, Mohammed lives in Turkey as a refugee, and works with the Addar Center in theater and music . Also, he works with Istanbul Mosaic Oriental Choir as a singer and translator of Turkish, Arabic and English. He enjoys translating songs from Syriac and Assyrian to Arabic and English.

Tomasz Szydłowski

Tomasz Szydłowski

Communications and Social Media

Tomasz Szydlowski lives in Swiebodzice, Poland. He advocates for the equal treatment of children, women, men, the disabled, those from different cultural backgrounds and/or the LGBTQ community in all parts of the world. He wants to help people and improve others' lives. He is interested in politics, foreign affairs and humanitarian causes.

Eric Pierce

Eric Pierce

Consultant

Eric Pierce is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who currently provides therapeutic counseling services to patients at the Kaiser Permanente Infectious disease Clinic in Los Angeles California. Mr. Pierce obtained his undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico and his masters of social work from California State University, Long Beach. When not counseling HIV infected patients, Eric is an advocate for helping underserved and disadvantaged HIV positive youth through his work on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit organization known as REACH LA. This organization primarily serves African American and Latino youth who are positive and their negative allies. To relax Eric enjoys working out with his husband Hector and traveling. Mr. Pierce has been HIV positive since 1988 and is living strong.

Momen Sabry

Momen Sabry

Blogger

Momen Sabry is of Palestinian/Algerian origin, and lives in Egypt. He is gay and proud! He is a pianist, dancer and writer. He hopes one day to see the whole world accepting of all members of the LGBT community.

Matthew Keating

Matthew Keating

Emergency Resources Program Coordinator

Matthew is an undergraduate student at Harvard University studying Government with a focus on international law and human rights. Matthew has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ asylum seeker population in the United States through his research and work building catalogs of emergency resources for LGBTQ asylum seekers for the website AsylumConect. He hopes to improve the safety and comfort of LGBTQ individuals around the world fleeing persecution on the basis of their sexuality. In his free time, Matthew loves language learning, travel, and trying new foods.