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Tarab On The Beach Is This Sunday!


Join us for the 5th Annual Tarab on the Beach! Join us for music, dancing, hookah, sun and fun as queer Arab, Middle Eastern and North African folk take over the northern part of Riis beach this Sunday, July 31st for Tarab On The Beach!

Tarab On The Beach starts at noon and ends before sunset (around 7pm). Bring a cooler with your favorite drinks and food or enjoy some of our offerings for a donation. This event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.

Updates can be found via facebook!

Make a difference in your community, join the Tarab NYC board! 

If you feel that you can help Tarab NYC build community, develop relationships, fundraise, manage operations, create programs, and spread our mission of fostering an inclusive and safe community for Queer MENA people, then please consider joining our board. In order to attain a more diverse group of applicants, we have decided to accept applications until July 31st. (Which also happens to be Tarab On The Beach).  We plan on following up with all applicants at the beginning of August. While everyone is encouraged to apply, in order to maintain the diverse nature of our organization, women, Trans*, & GNC individuals are heavily encouraged to apply as well as people with non-Arab ethnicities, such as Berbers, Assyrians, Persians, Kurds, etc. We can’t wait to learn more about you, and grow the Tarab NYC family!

While not everyone will be accepted, we encourage everyone to apply! Click here to apply to join the board! If you want to nominate someone or have questions, just hit us up by emailing us.

Many thanks!

The Tarab NYC Board

Eid Mixer Tonight @ Henrietta Hudson!

Tonight! Tarab NYC will be hosting an Eid mixer at Henrietta Hudson!

Bring sweets, brings friends, bring family, bring love. Lets celebrate Eid at this very special Eid edition of our regular mixer at Henrietta Hudsons! (438 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014)
Half priced drinks 6pm – 9pm.
Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Music
Meet the Tarab NYC Board
Mingle, Network, Dance, Drinks and Fun!
Find out more on Facebook!

Eid Mubarak from Tarab NYC!

Eid Mubarak Rainbow style

One of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr, is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan (a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims). On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Tarab NYC extends warm wishes to its members and friends that are observing this special holiday.

This Eid, Tarab NYC will be hosting an Eid mixer at Henrietta Hudson on July 11th. Looking for something sooner, check out Dear Armen tonight at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Also don’t forget about Tarab On The Beach, on Sunday July 31st!

This Wednesday: Dear Armen: Stories of women and gender non-conforming Armenians!

dearamen image2 image3Another great way to celebrate Eid on Wednesday! Dear Amen is an interactive-theatre experience featuring a blend of monologue, traditional Armenian dance, erotic performance and live music, Dear Armen weaves together the voices and struggles of three generations of women and gender non-conforming Armenians.

This Wednesday, 8PM at BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Get your tickets here:

Learn more about Dear Armen at

Bil Tarab!

Bashar Makhay, on behalf of the Tarab NYC Board!

Tarab NYC Needs Your Support

Your support is vital to the success of Tarab NYC!

A message from founder and board member Bashar Makhay.

This past month has been an amazing prideful, heartbreaking and graceful month. In one month we celebrated Pride in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, mourned the loss of our queer (mostly Latinx) siblings in Orlando and supported those observing the holy time of Ramadan. We held iftars, marched in prides, participated in rallies, honored those lost in vigils, outreached at Mashrou Leila concert,  provided statements of support and solidarity and kept on dancing at the biggest Queer POC party at pride, Color Me Queer.

Its been a crazy month and its been an expensive month.  Our expenses in June alone have amounted to over $2000 and has led us to use whatever savings we have had left and still owe to our vendors. Can you support Tarab NYC by donating and helping us reach our goal of $2000?  If so, please consider making a donation here: In order to do everything that we want to do at Tarab NYC, we need to raise at least $6000 for the year, every dollar you donate help us continue to provide space for the community and allows us to support programming we have done and need to do, including discussion support groups, membership only spaces, Arabic terms project, and more arts and culture events.

In addition, there are other ways you can help!  Apply to join our board by visiting: by July 15th. Also consider volunteering at any of our future events including our Eid mixer on July 11th and soon to be announced Tarab On The Beach on July 31st! (We are also supporting this viewing of Dear Armen on July 6th!)

We hope you can help us in this time of need and hope to continue to support the community however we can.

Bil Tarab!

Bashar Makhay, on behalf of the Tarab NYC Board!

Mashrou Leila is performing in NYC on June 24th and 25th! Donate to Tarab NYC for your chance to win two free tickets!


Hey Folks,

We here at Tarab NYC are in the middle of our fundraising campaign for 2016 and we have quite a bit to fundraise. For every dollar you donate towards our campaign you will receive a chance to win two tickets for either of the June 24 or June 25th Mashrou Leila shows at Le Poisson Rouge (First winner gets first dibs on their choice of show). Winners will be announced Thursday morning! Have you already donated?  If so, you are already entered to win!  However, only online donations are eligible and payments for participation in the Iftar and pride marches are not eligible.  To donate, please visit!

Bil Tarab!

The Tarab NYC Board!

Tarab NYC on the Orlando Pulse Massacre


Tarab NYC, a community of LGBTQ and/or gender non-conforming Arab, Middle Eastern, and/or North African (MENA) people in the greater New York City area mourns for the lives lost at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. We send our sincerest condolences to all that have been affected by this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.

We take this time to reflect on the violence that all LGBTQIA people continue to experience all over the world and stand in solidarity with the entire LGBTQIA community as we hope to move forward together to fight the divisive forces that affect us all. Tarab NYC is a non-sectarian and secular organization that respects all religious and nonreligious backgrounds as equal, though we recognize that many of our members identify as Muslim. While this tragedy took place during Pride month, a time of commemoration, remembrance and continued fight for justice, this also occurs as many of our members are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, prayer, charity, and reflection.

We urge our community and allies to refrain from rhetoric that lays responsibility on any one community as we brace for the inevitable backlash against people from the MENA region. The acts of an individual are not representative of any one ethnicity, race, or faith. Islamophobia is at an all time high in our country and it is important that we stand in solidarity with all peoples regardless of their ethnic or sexual and gender identity. We ask all people to resist the forces of division and hatred, and to stand against homophobia as well as against Xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry. We echo the statements put out by our QPOC allies MASGD, NQAPIA, and SALGA NYC.

We are committed to promoting the safety for all members of our community.  We will hosting a community call at 10PM ET tonight for all Queer Middle Eastern and North African People that would like to talk things through. To sign up visit:

Please contact AVP if you have been a victim of violence at 212-714-1141.

If you are attending any of the community forums/rallies/vigils below, we have started a WhatsApp group so you can connect with other individuals. Sign up at :

If you need to speak with someone at TarabNYC, please call (347) 903-3336



Tarab NYC, a non-profit, fosters an inclusive and safe community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and/or gender non-conforming Arab, Middle Eastern, and/or North African (MENA) people in the greater New York City area. We recognize the full diversity of ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender within our communities, including but not limited to, the Arab, Middle Eastern, North African and LGBTQIA communities in New York City.

Tarab NYC works within MENA communities to reduce stigma towards queer people and within queer communities to reduce stigma toward people of MENA decent. We oppose policies that profile and target people who are from the MENA region or Muslim or who are perceived to be Muslim, in the name of national security. We also firmly reject the narrative that Muslims or Arabs, as a whole, are homophobic and transphobic.

Info on events:

NYC Vigil Information

Where: Stonewall Inn
53 Christopher Street New York, NY
When: Monday June 13th 6 PM

Where: Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square New York, NY
When: Sunday June 12th 6 PM

Where: Diversity Plaza 37rd Rd & 74th St
Jackson Heights New York, NY
When: Sunday June 12th 7:30 PM

Where: Stonewall Inn
53 Christopher Street New York, NY
When: Monday June 13th 6 PM

Brooklyn Pride Saturday, Iftar Monday and Join Our Board!

Brooklyn Pride Saturday

10906102_841806672541497_8907137867161462819_nThanks everyone for a fabulous Queens Pride!  It may have rained but nothing could rain on our parade! This Saturday, join Tarab NYC for the third year participating in NYC Pride. Even louder and prouder, Tarab NYC and its friends will be marching in the 2016 Brooklyn Pride March on Saturday June 11th! Sign up here to march, check out more details here via facebook.

Iftar Dinner on Monday

Join community members and break bread over a very special Tarab NYC iftar on June 13th. Sign up heremore details here. Please make sure to make your donation at before attending.

Join our Board!

If you feel that you can help Tarab NYC build community, develop relationships, fundraise, manage finances, create programs, and spread our mission of fostering an inclusive and safe community for Queer MENA people, then please consider joining our board.  To apply visit We will be accepting applications until July 15th.

Donate & Support Tarab NYC!

It costs quite a bit of money to participate in pride and put on all these amazing events. Support Tarab NYC in pride and beyond! As Tarab NYC embarks on its fourth year, we need your support to ensure we are able to meet the community’s needs. Help us build the power, leadership and voice of the Queer Middle Eastern and North African community! Visit to donate.

Don’t forget our other events!

Bil Tarab,

The Tarab NYC Board
Alia, Bashar, & Hilal

Tarab NYC in June: Three Pride Marches, Mashrou Leila, Iftar Dinner, & Color Me Queer!

More details to come but save the dates for the following!

Bil Tarab,

The Tarab NYC Board
Alia, Bashar, Hilal, & Taif