We’re family too
Social support and advocacy group Beit el Hob is hosting a social event for Arabic speaking members of the LGBTQI community and their friends and family.
Bait el Hob’s Nicole Barakat invites all members of the Arabic speaking LGBTQI community and those who support them to come along to ‘Ahlan’ and share a night of traditional Arabic food, good company, music, stories and short films at Marrickville’s Red Rattler Theatre.
"Come and meet other people from our diverse, strong and resilient community,” Barakat said. “Share a traditional meal and hear some of the stories that shape our community and affirm our identities and lived experiences."
The LGTBQI Arabic speaking community has been growing since the early 2000s, Barakat said.
"A social movement was created that enabled us to have our voices heard on our own terms and to let everyone know that we exist".
The Arab Council Australia released a report last year titled ‘We’re Family Too’, detailing the unique challenges faced by same sex attracted people from Arabic communities.
The report will be translated in Arabic in preparation for a launch in Western Sydney later this year.
Arabic speaking LGBTQI people are urged to take part in the project.
For more information on the ‘We’re Family too’ project, see wearefamilytoo.com.au.