December 2019 at Tarab NYC

Sorry its been so quiet – we have some news and events to share with you all. Two of our board members, Nick and Chala have resigned from the board. We would like to thank them for their numerous contributions to Tarab NYC including Member Stories and Community Meetings, both of which we hope to continue in their absence. With this change, the board has adopted a new board structure – which we hope will allow for more community-led programming and help us better achieve our mission. We hope to share more about this in the coming weeks.  Remember Tarab NYC is a community based organization and we can’t do this work without you. 

alQaws Benefit Show x NYC – 12/4
Come join us for a night of performances to raise funds to help bring together and support Palestinian Queers across borders. This past year, alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society has seen enormous growth in Palestine in terms of visibility and impact, and at the same time, alQaws leadership has been dealing with vicious societal and state violence since August this year. Tickets
OutSummit Lunch with LGBTQIA MENA Activists – 12/7
OutSummit is the one-day conference that brings together international and US-based activists for a day of panels and workshops on human rights relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues. Tarab NYC is hosting a Queer MENA lunch with activists from the MENA region. 
Community Members Only Event – RSVP Required
Community Led Potluck – 12/8
We are hosting a community potluck! This is an opportunity for members of the Tarab NYC community to meet and get to know each other outside the context of formal meetings, while sharing food, music, and playing games!  RSVP
A Very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Tarab NYC Mixer – 12/16
Its the end of the year – come out and celebrate whether you observe Christmas, Haunukah, the Winter Solstice. something else or even nothing at all. Come one, come all to A Very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Tarab NYC Mixer. More info!

We Are Presenting At Creating Change! Jan 15-19
We are presenting at Creating Change, the nation’s largest conference on LGBTQ issues. This year, the conference will be held in Dallas, TX where we will be hosting the Queer MENA Caucus and will be presenting our workshop:  Challenging Orientalism From a Queer Human Rights Perspective. If you happen to be attending – please email us!
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The (R)evolution of Arab Queer Cinema: Queer Representation in Film Pre- and Post-Arab Uprisings

Tarab NYC is proud to sponsor this event organized by Columbia Global Centers – Amman. This event is part of a year-long 10 event series celebrating the Columbia Global Centers’ 10th anniversary

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Challenging the rules that have governed the Arab region for decades, Arab queer filmmakers are adopting creative, non-conventional approaches to share their stories, building pathways between otherwise isolated minorities. In the wake of the Arab Spring, they have stepped forward to take part in a transnational dialogue on democracy, liberty and reform, hoping to shape the way towards equality and recognition of LGBTQ rights in the region.

This panel will engage five emerging LGBTQ filmmakers from the Arab world in a meaningful discussion on the role of Arab queer cinema in shaping and giving voice to the Arab LGBTQ community. Panelists will explore how emerging Arab queer cinema is engaging with the region’s turbulent socio-political arena, while drawing on their personal journeys, creative expressions, and motivations.

Panelists include Rolla Selbak, Sam Abbas, Cyrine Hammemi & Anthony Chidiac. Moderated by Samar Habib and introductary remarks by Safwan M. Masri.

Seating is limited and first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating; early arrival is suggested.

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