Tarab NYC Celebrates Queer MENA Visbility Throughout Pride Month!

March with Tarab NYC at Queens Pride – June 2nd

Join Tarab NYC for its fourth year participating in Queens Pride. Even louder and prouder, Tarab NYC and its friends will be marching in the 2019 Queens Pride March on Sunday June 2nd! Join queers from all over the Middle East and North Africa, celebrating pride and fighting injustice, lineup begins at 10am, allies are welcome. All Tarab NYC marchers must pay and register in advance and should plan to arrive at 10am.

Tarab NYC Performs at Queens Pride – June 2nd at 1:50PM

Tarab NYC is proud to perform yet again on the Queens Pride entertainment stage. We will be performing Dabke, a traditional Middle Eastern line dance at Queens Pride, and holding a mini Hishik Bishik: A Queer Middle Eastern and North African Drag Revue.  

More Details To Come!

March with Tarab NYC at Brooklyn Pride – June 8th

Join Tarab NYC for its FIFTH year participating in Brooklyn Pride. Even louder and prouder, join Tarab NYC as we take part of the ONLY New York City night time parade on Saturday, June 8th.   The parade starts around Lincoln Place and ends at 9th St. & 5th Avenue and steps off promptly at 7:30pm. Join queers from all over the Middle East and North Africa, celebrating pride and fighting injustice, lineup begins at 6pm, allies are welcome.

Community Support Group – June 12th & June 26th

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 Nick Baitoo, LMSW, and will take place Wednesday, June 12 and 26th at 6:00pm at the LGBT Center in Manhattan.

Volunteer at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference and Support Tarab NYC

Tarab NYC has officially been selected as a WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 Working Grant recipient. Essentially we provide NYC Pride 15 volunteers at the Human Rights Conference held at on Tuesday, June 25th at New York Law School and Tarab NYC will recieve $1000 to use towards our Pride Month Programming.

Save The Date – WorldPride Fundraiser for Helem – June 25th

On June 25th, the Llama Inn of Williamsburg in collaboration with Tarab NYC, will be hosting a fundraiser to support the efforts of Helem, an LGBTQ activist organization located in Beirut, Lebanon. The purpose of the evening is to raise awareness around LGBTQ issues in the Arab world, and to support and celebrate the groundbreaking work Helem is doing. Helem is the first openly LGBTQ organization in the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa), and thus has been a pioneer in LGBTQ activism, providing support and influence to the other movements in the region as well.

Tarab NYC Shows Up for Trans Rights at TDOA – June 28th

Join Tarab NYC at the 15th annual Trans Day of Action! The march and rally will be held on Friday, June 28th from 4:00-6:00pm at Washington Square Park. Join us in uplifting our New York City Communities of Color as we champion policy goals for advancing housing equity for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming in New York City. Join us as we reclaim the streets and lift up the legacy of Stonewall as a TGNC POC-led rebellion. Register to get updates on where the Tarab NYC contingent will be located.

March with Tarab NYC at the NYC Dyke March – June 29th

The New York City Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade. Thousands of Dykes take the streets each year in celebration of our beautiful and diverse Dyke lives, to highlight the presence of Dykes within our community, and in protest of the discrimination, harassment, and violence we face in schools, on the job, and in our communities. Any person who identifies as a dyke is welcome to march regardless of gender expression or identity, sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, race, age, political affiliation, religious identity, ability, class, or immigration status. Register to get updates on where the Tarab NYC contingent is organizing.

March with Tarab NYC at NYC/World Pride – June 30th

In 2019, NYC Pride welcomes WorldPride as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation. Join Tarab NYC for the sixth year participating in NYC Pride. Even louder and prouder, Tarab NYC and its friends will be marching in the 2019 NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30th! Join queers from all over the Middle East and North Africa, celebrating pride and fighting injustice, lineup begins at 10am, allies are welcome.

Color Me Queer 2019 — The Largest QPOC Party at NYC Pride! – June 30th

It’s back again — the biggest dance party for queer people of color during NYC Pride! Sunday, June 30, 2019 at The Delancey (168 Delancey Street) – 6:00pm–1:00am
Presented by GAPIMNY, Q-Wave, SALGA NYC, and TARAB NYC

Donate to support our Pride Month Activities

It costs over $3000 to run all of our pride month programs. It is paid by registration fees, volunteer grants, and the rest we ask our community to support us by donating. Our goal is $1000 – can you help us make it happen?

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!