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LGBT Arab-Americans find a place of their own in New York City

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Bashar Makhay in his apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Makhay, who is Iraqi-American, Catholic and gay, said he created Tarab, a series of parties, beach gatherings and other events for LGBT Arabs and Middle Easterners in New York City. The Tarab program will celebrate its second anniversary with an event May 10.
NEW YORK -- With a loud hiccup and a hand over her mouth in coy embarrassment, Madame Tayoush mimics Lebanese diva Sabah in her performance of the sultry classic "Atshana" — or "I'm Thirsty" — as Arab-Americans hoot and cheer. The burst of a trumpet vibrato sends her into a dramatic swoon, basking under applause and the warmth of stage lights.

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