Founder, Sistas of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA)
Sandie Green (she/her/hers) migrated to New York City from Bridgetown, Barbados at age nine and grew up in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Green attended Bushwick High School while in the foster care system until she was 18, and later resided in a group home. During that time, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textile Surface Design, class of 2002.
Green’s activism began when she attended an all-women’s group. Green recalls having identified as 'gay' before learning of the term 'lesbian' at this women’s group. Following this immersion into the LGBTQ community, Green became the coordinating assistant for the Audre Lorde Project in 1989. She later became a board member for AALUSC: the African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change,developing programming and coordinating fundraisers to support the black Lesbian community. She later became a part of the SISTAH group: Sisters in Search of Truth, Alliance and Harmony.
Circa 1998, through the Audre Lorde Project, Green became familiar with Caribbean Pride, which atthat time, would only meet during NYC Pride. Given the lack of spaces for Afro-Caribbean lesbian women, Green initiated a tri-monthly social event at her home, where women would exchange Caribbean dishes, music and energy under the guise of Caribbean Pride Sisters United in the Spirit. Thisspace later transformed to SOCA: Sistas of Caribbean Ancestry in 2003. Through SOCA, Green served asthe Executive Director, and continued to curate spaces for Afro-Caribbean women. Sandie would also provide outreach and facilitate workshops examining topics related to health, sex and immigration. SOCA later disbanded due to lack of a physical space, among other new obstacles. Currently living in Crown Heights, Green continues her contribution to the Caribbean LGBT community as a board member of the Caribbean Equality Project, through which she aims to revive SOCA.