Celebrate culture and diversity at Arabian Knights
Singer slash DJ Ray Isaac knows what it’s like to struggle with identity. As a gay Lebanese-Australian man, Isaac says he was brought up in culture that frowned upon who he was.
“I have had to fight and rebel to be free and to come out of the closet without causing danger to myself,” he tells SX.
“I know that there are many ‘wogs’ in Australia who are in the same situation, brought up in cultures and religions who do not accept being gay.”
It’s for this reason he has decided to throw a dance party for LGBT people with Middle Eastern heritage.
“I have created a party where all LGBT wogs can come together and celebrate their culture and their ethnic background without feeling judged or ostracised. Arabian Knights is a place where we are not judged and can dance to our favourite Arabic, Greek, Persian and Turkish pop songs.”
He says the music will be full of passion and drama, replete with “strings, flutes and of course, signature belly dance drum beats”.
Best of all, Isaac is presenting Arabian Knights as a free event.
“I wanted to do this event not to make money but to bring my community together. It’s time we just came together to have fun and socialise and hopefully even find love in a hopeless place.”
Arabian Knights is on December 17 from 10pm at The Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville. Free entry.