Tarab NYC – July 2017 Updates

Reflections on June

June was by far our busiest month! Disorient @ Brooklyn MuseumQueens PrideBrooklyn PrideIftar @ LGBT CenterNYC Pride, & Color Me Queer! We are also excited to announce that we reached our fundraising goal with over $2000 raised! Thank you to everyone that donated to support our efforts, we are a completely volunteer run organization and rely on supporters like you!

Upcoming Events

Community Members Only Potluck Brunch! Saturday, June 22 12PM-4PM
Hosted by one of our board members – community members are invited to join us for a private brunch to meet new people and make new friends. Register here.

Tarab On The Beach 6 – Saturday, August 5 12PM-7PM
Join us for the 6th Annual Tarab on the Beach! Join us for music, dancing, hookah, sun and fun as queer Arab, Middle Eastern and North African folk take over the northern part of RIIS beach on Saturday, August 5th for Tarab On The Beach! More details to follow – facebook event here.

Tarab NYC Presents A Glass and A Cigarette at IFC
A captivating classic from the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema,.Tarab NYC presents Cigara w Kas at IFC for Queer|Art|Film. The film features several of the era’s brightest stars, including Samia Gamal who plays a woman transitioning from bellydance stardom to domestic bliss. For Tarab NYC this film is a perfect fit for QAF, as it takes “careful consideration of gender in relation to class, career, and performativities of sexual availability.” Read more at IFC.

External Requests

SOS sharply captures how “the media works alongside a racist colonial court system that aims to incarcerate criminalized queer and trans people of color.” Produced by former Tarab NYC board member, Sam Tabet.  At IFC on June 26th. 

Get published in the Za’faraan Zine
Za’faraan is a collective of trans and queer MENA asylees and immigrants based in Boston. They recently launched the first edition of their fantastic zine, themed “Homeland,” and they are looking for submissions on the theme of “Language” by August 15th! ** Contact: za3cme@gmail.com

Qwear Features QT Palestinian Fashion
Qwear Magazine showcases LGBTQIA+ modes of expression that expand our visual representation and amplify voices that resist erasure. As an active resistance to pinkwashing, Qwear is seeking five biographical entries by trans and queer Palestinians / people of Palestinian descent that highlight their styles, geographies and identities. Contact: info@qwearfashion.com ; please use the guidelines attached here.

f*ck la vie d’artiste Play Discount Tix
This play centering an interracial lesbian couple in France poignatly mirrors contemporary issues in the U.S., such as police violence on men of color and Islamophobic anti-immigration sentiments. Organizers are offering the Tarab NYC community discount tickets, use the code “FAVAFRIEND” for $5 off!

NQAPIA Seeks Iranian Family for “Family is Family” Campaign
NQAPIA is expanding its collection of its Family is Family leaflets for parents of LGBT kids.  They are translating the document into Farsi and would like to feature a photo of loving Iranian parents with their LGBTQ kids. Examples can be found at the NQAPIA website. Contact Glenn Magpantay if interested in helping in this project.

Volunteer Needs

Tarab NYC is a completely volunteer run organization, please contact us at tarab@tarabnyc.org if you can help with any of the following.

Accounting – Seeking volunteer to assist in bookkeeping and accounting of Tarab NYC financial records, including the filing of taxes. Should have experience with Quickbooks.
Graphic Design – Seeking volunteers to support the development of graphic materials for distribution via social media and print.
Database Management – Looking for database administrators to maintain our CiviCRM database. CiviCRM experience not necessary but database management experience required.
Social Media/Communications Support – We want to build a team of 3-4 volunteers to expand our presence on social media, email and further outreach efforts. Should have experience with Facebook Pages, Twitter Instagram, and/or MailChimp. Hootsuite experience desired but not required.
Tarab On The Beach Logistics – We need 12 volunteers, including one with a car to help us with logistics for Tarab On The Beach on August 4th. We need support from 8am – 2pm and 6pm – 9pm.

Tarab NYC – Loud and Proud at NYC Pride!

On Sunday, over 30 community members came together and participated in the New York City Pride March, proving that we truly are Queer, Middle Eastern, North African and Fabulous! Please support Tarab NYC so that we can continue to foster more safe and inclusive spaces for Queer Middle Eastern and North African people throughout the city. We are just $400 away from our goal of $2000! Please make a donation today! 

Tarab NYC Needs Your Support in Pride and Beyond!

As of writing this post, we are just $660 away from reaching our goal of $2000!  #Eid has been announced for tomorrow, marking the end of Ramadan for Muslims around the globe. For those observing the holy month of Ramadan, if you are have not paid your Zakat, consider donating to Tarab NYC.

There are other ways you can support too!  First, we are still accepting marchers to join us tomorrow as we hold our biggest visibility event by marching for ourselves and an estimated audience of over Two Million people as well as being televised on ABC7!  We will be accepting registrations until Midnight tonight!  Register Now!

Another way you can support Tarab NYC is by coming to Color Me Queer! Color Me Queer is the largest party at NYC Pride for Queer People of Color. Money raised will go to support Tarab NYC, Q-Wave, GAPIMNY and SALGA NYC. Learn more on Facebook!

Lastly, you can always support Tarab NYC by becoming a member.  Membership is only $25 per calendar year and comes with a slew of benefits!  Become a member today.

To all those celebrating Eid and/or Pride we are happy to celebrate with you all on these joyous days!

Bil Tarab,

The Tarab NYC Board

NYC Pride, Color Me Queer, and Eid, Oh My!

This Sunday, June 25th marks the fourth year Tarab NYC participates in NYC Pride, the fourth year Tarab NYC helps organize Color Me Queer and its all that much more special because it may also be Eid (inshallah). 😉

In order to do this work, we need your support, please consider making a donation and becoming a member today!  We are almost halfway to our goal!

March with Tarab NYC at NYC Pride

Join Tarab NYC for the fourth year participating in NYC Pride. Even louder and prouder, Tarab NYC and its friends will be marching in the 2017 NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25th! Join queers from all over the Middle East and North Africa, celebrating pride and fighting injustice, lineup begins at 10am, allies are welcome. Registration required, $30 donation.  More details can be found on our website and facebook.

Join us at Color Me Queer

After pride, join us for the biggest dance party for queer people of color during Pride on Sunday, June 25, 2017 6pm after the Pride march through midnight. This year we are returning to The Delancey, Rooftop Garden, Main Floor, and Basement located at 168 Delancey Street on the Lower East Side

bollywood, chaabi, redh, pop, hip hop, breakbeats, ballroom, dancehall, reggae, soca, bandari, chutney and more

More details can be found on via the facebook event page. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email estephanie.hsu@gmail.com. Volunteers receive free admission and our gratitude…all night long!