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!

Tarab NYC at #CancelPinkwashing & Creating Change in Detroit!

Join us in Detroit for Creating Change where Tarab NYC is providing the ONLY Queer MENA programming!

Orientalism & Pinkwashing: Addressing issues faced by Queer Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) communities
Friday 3PM – 4:30PM – Cadillac B

Queer Middle Eastern and North African Caucus
Friday 6:30PM – 7:30PM – Skyline B

More details here!

Tarab NYC is also proudly a member of #CancelPinkwashing! We already stormed the stage at the Opening Plenary – also join us at

Workshop Session 4:
“GTFO!! How anti-Muslim orgs are co-opting queer organizing”

Workshop Session 5:
“Pride with Prejudice: Exposing the Pinkwashing Agenda”

Workshop Session 6:
Repeat previous workshops, based on audience feedback!

As part of CancelPinkwashing – we DEMAND The Task Force:

1) Lift the informal ban on Palestine and stop pinkwashing Israeli apartheid. Commit to honoring the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel and Israeli institutions.
2) Publicly apologize to the queer and trans Muslim, Jewish, and MENA/SWANA communities, particularly queer and trans Palestinians, for the Task Force’s role in deliberately silencing and censoring these communities and their organizing.
3) Commit to providing time and space for workshops focused on queer and trans decolonization work that includes queer and trans Palestinian liberation.
4) Commit to providing time and space for Jewish and Muslim faith programming that is equal to the time provided for Christian faith programming.

More updates and information can be found on and the Facebook Event Page!

See you in Detroit!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Tarab NYC!

Tarab NYC extends warm wishes to its members and friends that are observing this special holiday of Christmas and wishes everyone a joyous and happy New Year! We hope your holidays are full of friends, family, love and sweets!

As we approach the end of the year – we are trying to raise $1000 to cover our expenses and support our programs – so far we have raised over $200 from 7 donors and have only $800 more to go? Can you help us reach our goal?

Bil Tarab,

Tarab NYC