This Monday: Queer Haflaween – Ahhh Ya Mama

Ahhh Ya Mama – Where will you be next Monday?

Join Tarab NYC as we host our first ever Halloween party, Queer Haflaween – Ahhh Ya Mama! Tickets on sale now – get them before they sell out.

Who: YOU, and your friends in your best costumes*!
Where: Henrietta Hudson 438 Hudson St, New York, New York 10014
When: Monday, October 30th @ 8pm – ?
Why: Music by Tarab NYC’s resident DJ – Bashar Makhay, performances by Mark Balahadia Official, cash prize and giveaways for best costume. Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Music, Videos, Mingle, Network, Dance, Drinks and Fun!

Advance Tickets (must be purchased by October 29th):
$10 for members (Just Login)
$15 for non-members
$20 at the door.

Performances by Mark Balahadia

Mark Balahadia is an unique performer of Middle Eastern dances, based in the New York City Area. He has trained, taught and performed in the USA, Europe and the Middle East for over 14 years. His varied experience, along with his deep knowledge of Arabic dance, in particular, has given him the ability to perform these styles in a way that is authentic in feeling and technique.

On Arabic social media, he is known in Arabic as “Mark the American” (مارك الامريكي), where he has gone viral for his interpretation of Arabic dances, especially Iraqi and Khaliji styles. On Youtube, he has over 12 million views on his channel and counting.

To follow Mark, check him out on Instagram,  YoutubeSnapchat & Facebook

Music by Bashar Makhay

Bashar Makhay is the founder, board member and resident DJ for Tarab NYC, NYC’s Queer Middle Eastern, North African and fabulous community organization! Bashar has been spinning for over a decade, spinning a mix of dabke, chobi, redh, chaabi, bandari, and other MENA beats mixed with pop, dance and booty beats. You may have heard Bashar mixing at one of the Tarab NYC mixers, banquets, Color Me Queer or at your cousins wedding. 😉 You can follow Bashar on twitter via @makhay and feel out his style on Soundcloud.

Make A Difference – Join The Tarab NYC Board

Tarab NYC is seeking new board members. 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 October 31st.  We plan on following up with all applicants in mid November. 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 below! If you want to nominate someone or have questions, just contact us.

Click Here To Apply!

Peer Support Group Launches

Join us for a peer support group in which LGBTQ persons from the MENA region can process experiences in a safe space. Group discussion can foster support and develop ways of coping with struggles afflicting our community. This group will be facilitated by Wardeh Hattab, LCSW and will take place Monday, August 28th at 7PM at the LGBT Center in Manhattan.

The group is designed to discuss any subject or experience the group participants share. Every discussion in the group will require confidentiality to ensure the privacy of those attending the group and the material shared.

To maintain confidentiality of all group members in attendance, RSVP on our website by Sunday, August 27th – the session has a maximum of 10 participants to keep the group small. Participants must be Queer and Middle Eastern / North African. In order to ensure minimal interruptions in the group, we also ask that everyone arrive no later than 7:15 PM. You must register in order to attend this session. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at – updates will be shared on the facebook event, our website and via email to registrants.

We look forward to seeing you there!

-The Tarab NYC Board

Sigarah wa Kas Screening This Monday at IFC

WHAT: Tarab NYC presents A GLASS AND A CIGARETTE (1945. Egypt. 112 min. Directed by Niazi Mostafa.)
WHEN: Monday, August 14, 8PM
WHERE: IFC Center – 323 6th Ave at W. 3rd St.
The screening will be followed by drinks and discussion at Julius Bar (159 West 10th St. at Waverly), the oldest gay bar in New York City!

This Monday, join us for a captivating classic from the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema, Tarab NYC presents Cigara w Kas at IFC for Queer|Art|Film at IFC. The film features several of the era’s brightest stars, including Samia Gamal who plays a woman transitioning from bellydance stardom to domestic bliss.

We selected this film because of its careful consideration of gender in relation to class, career, and performativities of sexual availability. Samia Gamal’s casting as a woman transitioning from public bellydance stardom to private domestic bliss, and struggling with the expectations and demands of that “bliss,” ties every bit with the 1952 Free Officers Revolution that took place three years before the film’s release. The failed expectations of a modernizing revolution, coupled with the dancer-turned-housewife’s turn to addiction, symbolize the bodily precarity experienced when a feminized body attempts to reap the benefits of heteronormativity, only to find that its returns are either forever deferred or never fulfilling.

Read more at IFC and Get Your Tickets Today.

Other Upcoming Events

Also don’t forget we are hosting an Eid al Adha Dinner at the LGBT Center on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Register Today – Tickets Will Go Quick!

FYI – We are launching a support group very soon. Keep your eyes out for more details and make sure you join our mailing list.

NEW DATE! So you want to go to Tarab On The Beach eh?

*** Updated to reflect new date! ***

Due to the uncertain weather on Saturday, TOTB is now THIS Sunday, August 6th are you ready? Sunday, a whole bunch of Arab, Middle Eastern, & North African Queers will be taking over the northern part of RIIS beach, and this guide will get you ready honey. The weather on Sunday looks great!

I want to volunteer!

Thats great! Send us an email at! We could use all the help we can get – from set up, tear down, transportation, etc.

Getting ready to get there!

TOTB starts at noon, volunteers will be there at 10am-ish to prepare, pitching tents (pun intended) and decorating the beach for your enjoyment.   Before you get there we need to talk about what you will be bringing.  Check out the list below:

  • Beach blankets or chairs (you need something to relax on)
  • Sunglasses (Only if you want to see, its going to be sunny hunny)
  • Sunscreen (No you do not have magic skin that does not burn)
  • Snacks and Drinks (Try to avoid glass, its not allowed on the beach and nobody wants to get cut)
  • Plenty of water (Stay hydrated boo.)
  • Ice (Not the immigration assholes, frozen water, oh an bring a cooler to keep it in)
  • Plastic Cups/Plates (Ya know, so you can share)
  • Games (Beach Ball, Tawle, Card Decks, oh girl you should bring twister.)
  • Towels (duh) & a beach blanket or sheet to lay on.
  • That sexy swimsuit of yours.  (you know, that one that makes everyone come to your yard.)
  • $5, (Now this event is free but does cost a bit to produce, a donation of $5 or more is welcomed and appreciated.)  🙂


  • Grills are not allowed. (Unless they are on your teeth, thats cool)
  • Pets, they can’t be on the beach unless they are Service Dogs. (Unless you sneak them in and nobody says anything – it happens)

I heard Riis beach changed and there is a large police presence now…

Well our area is still queer and amazing but since the introduction of Riis Beach Bazaar, we have been inundated with police harassing beach goers in the queer beach area. Luckily communities have come together and have formed cop watch groups and have created guides like these: Staying Safe at Jacob Riis BeachStaying Safe & Sexy at The Queer Beach. Members of the Tarab NYC community have been keeping an eye on this and have been at the beach volunteering long hours bathing in the sun making sure that the space is safe and overall, it has been pretty great, especially since Cop Watch Units have begun patrolling the area.

Now to get there, you have three options: drive your car, take the subway/bus, take the NYC Beach Bus.

Subway/Bus ***This Weekend there are no 2/3 trains between Manhattan and Brooklyn – take the 5, or 4 and then transfer to 5 at Franklin instead!*** While Google Maps will give the best directions and the MTA will always provide the most up to date information on train status, we recommend the following when using mass transit and coming from: For most people: Get to a Brooklyn bound “5” train to Flatbush Ave, then take Q35 (Near Target) to Jacob RIIS Beach.  OR “A” train to Shuttle to Far Rockaway to the last stop (116th Street) then transfer to the Q22 or Q35 Bus to Jacob RIIS Beach 149th Street. Queens: From Woodside take the B53 bus to Rockaway and transfer to the Q22 to Jacob RIIS Beach. North Brooklyn: B46 or B44 (Williamsburg) B47 (Bushwick) Bus to Flatbush Ave, then transfer to Q35 to Jacob RIIS Beach.


Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S, then Flatbush Avenue south across the Marine Parkway Bridge (toll) to the park. Alternate: Woodhaven Boulevard to Cross Bay Boulevard, then west on Beach Channel Drive to the park. Parking is $10.  For best directions visit Google Maps .

Ferry & Shuttle Bus

Check out the NYC Ferry with pickups at Wall Street and Sunset Park – though we recommend you take the Wall Street Ferry as it fills quickly. Take the ferry to Rockaway park then get on the bus to Jacob Riis. Costs about $12 round trip. If you live or can easily get to the the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, or Grand Army Plaza, then check out Alexis Van Lines! $8 or $16 RT, Last departure from Riis is at 8PM!

I’m at the Beach, how do I get to TOTB?!

When you arrive to the beach, head north (when you face the beach, north is left boo boo), towards the end of the beach before you see houses that start at 149th Street. Look out for Middle Eastern and North African flags, canopies and listen for Arabic music, you can’t miss us! We are in Bay 1.  Check out this map for the location. 

While at TOTB, Shaku Maku?

Honey, you made it, enjoy yourself, set yourself up in or near the Tarab NYC area, enjoy all the sexiness around you and have an amazing time!  Party ends at sunset, which means we will be packed up by sunset and lingering around and saying good bye to each other numerous times until we actually leave. For more information about RIIS beach visit the NY Harbor Parks website.

Where do I get updates if anything changes?


See you at the beach!

Tarab NYC