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.