Tarab NYC honored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Surprise! Tarab NYC was honored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at the Arab American Heritage Celebration on April 4th. That’s the same honor that our founder Bashar Makhay received in 2017, where his LGBTQ work and identity was intentionally concealed by the MC. This year we were happy to be recognized as a proud LGBTQ Arab & MENA organization, despite the complicated history and the politics of the office. While we were concerned our identity as an organization would be concealed – we proudly disrupted the space and for at least one evening, queered up Brooklyn Borough Hall and the entire Arab American Heritage Celebration. We invite all the sponsoring organizations including AAFSC, AANY, and Salaam Club NY to seriously and visibly address homophobia and transphobia.

Watch the video below!

Hishik Bishik: Celebrating 7 Years of Tarab NYC & May Updates

Lets Celebrate SEVEN Years of Tarab NYC with Hishik Bishik: A Queer Middle Eastern and North African Drag Revue. On Friday, May 3rd, 6PM – 11PM, join Tarab NYC for a special Hishik Bishik at The Monster in the West Village! Join us as we celebrate seven years of dance parties, mixers, picnics, community discussions, support groups, stories, dance classes, film screenings, beach parties, protests, workshops, QPOC collaborations, and so much more.


Want to help us? Still need a couple more volunters – email Bashar for more information. 

Planning for Pride Month
Believe it or not – we are already planning for Pride Month! Well the truth is – we have been planning since last year! Queens Pride, Brooklyn Pride, NYC Pride, TDOA, & Dyke March – we are doing it all!

To help plan all this – we are hosting organizing committee meetings on May 8th 8:00PM, May 25 1:00PM, June 5 7:00PM & June 22 at 12:00PM – more details to follow – if you want to help us organize – please contact Bashar 

Our Stories – Now Collecting
Tarab NYC is still collecting the stories, experiences, and narratives of our incredible Queer MENA community. We plan to share these stories on our website so that community members and others can learn about our experiences on our terms. Follow the link to find out how to submit your ideas and read a couple of our contributions. Read More!

LGBTQ Community Iftar
Break fast with an Iftar dinner during the holy month of Ramadan, hosted at The Center in partnership with Tarab NYC and other organizations serving the LGBTQ Muslim community. A prayer room will be available. This facility is wheelchair accessible. Registration is free – opens on May 6th! Learn More!

Outside of TarabNYC

From time to time, Tarab NYC is asked by third parties to share notices with the community. As a volunteer run organization we are unable to completely vet if these individuals and organizations are in full alignment with our mission and values. However, we thought you may find them interesting and are including them below.

Yallaversary – This Saturday
Our friends at Yalla! are hosting their anniversary on Saturday, April 27th at The Deep End in Brooklyn. Yalla! is run by Assia Lakhif – its a “queer monthly celebration connecting North African, Arab & Middle Eastern friends, fam + boos in NY.” Check them out on Instagram!

Tarab NYC: Hishik Bishik Drag Saturday, Gaza 5K, NQAPIA Dinner, Nowruz!

Tomorrow: Hishik Bishik – A Middle Eastern and North African Drag Revue!
Come one come all, we’re back back BACK again, baby! And this time at an all new location right in the heart of gay ole’ Williamsburg – Shimmy the night away at MACRI PARK on Saturday, March 2nd from 6-10PM! With Happy Hour specials and performances you cannot miss, do you really wanna be anywhere else on a Saturday evening? Tickets are free for members in advance, $5 in advance for everyone else and $10 at the door!
Want to help us? Still need a couple more volunters – email Reem for more information. Get your tickets now!

Join Tarab NYC at the NQAPIA Catalyst Awards!
NQAPIA’s annual New York City Community Catalyst Awards will be on Saturday, March 31, 2019 at 88 Place Restaurant in Chinatown. Join the Tarab NYC table at the New York City Community Catalyst Awards! Tickets are $85.This year the event honors Thanu Yakupitiyage & Asian Women Giving Circle. All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBT API leaders to attend the National LGBT API Leadership Summit and Training in 2019. Learn More & Buy a Ticket!

Join team TarabNYC at the Gaza 5K!
For the third year in a row, Tarab NYC will be proudly participating in the NYC Gaza 5K. Join us on March 30 as we run, walk, and dance to fund UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) and make access to mental health care a reality for all Palestine refugee children in the Gaza Strip. Learn more and Join the Team!

Community Support Groups!
Held monthly, Tarab NYC hosts peer support groups 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. The groups are run by Tarab NYC board members Wardeh Hattab, LCSW and Nick Baitoo, LMSW. March support groups are on the 7th and 23rd! First time attendees must register atleast 24 hours in advance.

Nowruz is coming! Tarab NYC is happy to announce we will be all in on Nowruz! Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. We plan to attend a Chahar Shanbe Suri event and hold another Tarab NYC Nowruz Celebration / طرب نیویورک جشن نوروزی on March 25th – Save the Date! Interested in helping plan our Nowruz celebrations? Email Nick!

Organizing Committee!
The Organizing Committee is a peer group of Community Members selected by the Tarab NYC board to help plan and create programs and services by Tarab NYC for our Community. The committee is limited to Community Members. If you are interested in joining – email us!