Community LGBTQ Iftar at the LGBT Center

Join Tarab NYC, SALGA NYC, MASGD, Caribbean Equality Project, The LGBT Center and the New York City Commission on Human Rights for a community iftar.

You are invited to break fast with an Iftar dinner to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. This evening to promote love, unity and empathy will include a community welcome and educational component before eating delicious food! This event is open to the public and completely free of charge, but registration is required. A limited number of tickets are available by registering at  An additional 10 tickets are also available for current members of Tarab NYC registering on our site. This facility is wheelchair accessible. To request an accommodation or interpretation, please email

Brooklyn Pride is Saturday!

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Brooklyn Pride: Join Tarab NYC as we March!
Join Tarab NYC for its fourth year participating in Brooklyn Pride. Even louder and prouder, Tarab NYC and its friends will be marching in the 2017 Brooklyn Pride March on Saturday June 10th! Join queers from all over the Middle East and North Africa, celebrating pride and fighting injustice, lineup begins at 5PM, allies are welcome. More information via facebook and our website.

Please Donate – Tarab NYC Needs Your Support!
We are almost halfway to our goal of reaching $2000 by the end of the month!  Please consider making a donation to support Tarab NYC at Pride and to support our programming for the rest of the year.  Donate by making a one time or recurring donation or consider getting a Community Member or Allies membership.

Two great events this weekend!

DISORIENT: Queer Arab Film and Discussion

Enjoy new releases by queer Arab filmmakers during Ramadan and Pride, including the Brooklyn premiere of Breaking Fast (Mike Mosallam, 2015, 18 min.). Tarab NYC hosts a conversation with filmmakers on gender, homophobia, Islamophobia, and Orientalism across Arab art-making communities and identities. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 4:30 pm. First Come First Serve. Members that register on our site can have their tickets reserved and skip the line – be sure to arrive by 5pm. More information via our websitefacebook and the Brooklyn Museum website.

Queens Pride: Join Tarab NYC as we March!

Join Tarab NYC for its second year participating in Queens Pride. Even louder and prouder, Tarab NYC and its friends will be marching in the 2017 Queens Pride March on Sunday June 4th! Join queers from all over the Middle East and North Africa, celebrating pride and fighting injustice, lineup begins at 10am, allies are welcome. More information via facebook and our website.

Announcing Memberships & Our June Calendar

Hey Folks! May marks the 5-year Anniversary of Tarab NYC and while we wanted to celebrate our anniversary this month, we have decided to hold off untill later this summer and instead focus on launching our redesigned website, new Membership program and our super amazing and busy June calendar.

Joining Tarab NYC costs only $25 per calendar year and not only supports our organization, but also comes with a slew of benefits!  Check out our membership page to learn more!

With Pride, Ramadan and more, our June is shaping up to be our biggest ever! Save these dates because you aren’t going to want to miss a thing!

June 3Disorient: Queer Arab Film and Discussion at the Brooklyn Museum with Tarab NYC
June 4Join Tarab NYC at Queens Pride
June 10Join Tarab NYC at Brooklyn Pride
June 15Annual Iftar
June 25Join Tarab NYC at NYC Pride
June 25Tarab NYC <3 Color Me Queer

As always, these events cost quite a bit to produce and we need your support. Please make a donation and support Tarab NYC today!

Barghouti Tomorrow, Bashar Honored Thursday, LGBTQ Activism Panel Sunday

Omar Barghouti & Nyle Fort: Freedom Fighting & State Repression

Tuesday, April 25th – 6:30pm

Join us for a conversation about the struggle for Palestinian rights featuring BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti in conversation with Nyle Fort. Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender, co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Presented by: The Palestinian BDS National Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, Adalah-NY: the US Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, Tarab NYC, Enlace, Jews Say No!, PARCEO, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Muslim-Jewish Anti-Fascist Front.

Tarab NYC Founder, Bashar Makhay, Honored at the Arab-American Heritage Celebration 

Thursday, April 27th – 5:30pm

In partnership with  Arab-American Family Support Center, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams invites you to the Arab-American Heritage Celebration.  We are excited to share that our very own Bashar Makhay is being honored for his contributions to the Arab American community including being the founder of Tarab NYC!  Please join us in celebrating this honor!

What Will Be Different: LGBTQ Activism in a Changing America

Sunday, April 30th – 3:00pm

Despite celebrated and hard-won advances in equality, the deeply diverse LGBTQ community has always been targeted by bias and hate. In recent months that antagonism has flared, entwined with other forms of intolerance.  Now, as people who openly disparage LGBTQ rights fill key posts within the U.S. Government, and an old, anti-Other sentiment gains new legitimacy, what are the challenges and goals of LGBTQ activism today? What is the historical context for this battle, and what guides those at its front lines? Join us for a free public forum with four thinkers and activists who will bring powerful perspective to these questions.

Presented by the Queer South Asian Collective, Tarab NYC, Audre Lorde Project, Fierce, J. Bob Alotta, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, BlackGirl Mansion, Park Avenue Christian Church & The Tate Group.