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Response to Covid-19

We know things are tough, we’re here to help. 

First off – our apologies for not being very active communicators – the struggles of being a volunteer run organization are real. For the past month we have been trying to plan Chaharshanbe Suri and Nowruz events. We were especially excited because we had a private queer space for Chaharshanbe Suri. Unfortunately – due to recent events, we and our partners decided it was best to cancel all events before we could even announce them in order to keep our community safe and healthy. Now – we know things are pretty crappy due to the COVID-19 pandemic – so we are announcing changes to our Membership program and the return of Community Support Groups and Community Meetings – this time virtual! 

Community Meetings allow us to come together, get to know each other, reflect on the organizing for the community, and help us plan future events and initiatives. In order to keep folks accountable and to maintain a safe space – this meeting is limited only to MENA QTs members.
March 25 – 7PM
April 8 – 7PM

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. Advanced registration and screening required. 
March 20 – 6PM
April 3 – 6PM

Changes to Membership Program

Hey folks – after much feedback from the community – we have changed some aspects of our membership program. All the details can be found on our Membership page – the short of it is as follows:

Change of Community Members membership to MENA QTs
The name Community Members was confusing for folks – some people that were not Members though they were because they are “community members” – so now our membership for LGBTQ MENA folks is called MENA QTs. Allies membership is still called Allies.

Volunteer contributions now an option to obtain Membership
After volunteering at-least 4 hours, email us with your volunteer dates, times and what you did.  We will review and send you a discount code for your membership. We are making this option retroactive – if you volunteered in at least 4 hours in 2019 or 2020, this also applies to you. The $25/year option is still available.

All other membership details remain the same.

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!
Learn More!