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Arabs Recreate Standard Gay Caste System At NYC Dance Parties

In Dubai, everyone is bisexual. But it’s such a different scene there. … [Habibi is] kind of trashy compared to what most Arabs, at least in Dubai, are used to. I mean, there are street vendors here. [Nods toward a nearby man] You can spot the ones who sell kebabs on the street. It’s not difficult.

—A 22-year-old Columbia University accounting student, speaking about the monthly Arab dance party Habibi, in New York City [via]

On:           Jan 14, 2011
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    • tallskin2

      I read the NY Times article

      They seem so fucked up by their adherence to their nasty sky pixie religion.

      Why do gays choose to stay with beliefs that oppress them??

      Jan 14, 2011 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Saywhatnow?

      I read the NY Times article too… as anyone who clicks on the link to this page should. It’s a relatively positive look at how NY gay Arabs are able to come together in unity despite their differences… the quote, however, is unfortunate… but there’s always one in every crowd… IN EVERY CULTURE.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      HAWTE, middle eastern gay guys!

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RomanHans

      Before anybody claims this is a gay thing, read this news story from last week. Lenny Dykstra — some athlete/sportscaster/failed investment advisor — explains why he must be innocent of sexual assault:

      “[The accuser] is a maid. That’s not even worth commenting on, are you kidding me?”


      Jan 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DR

      If this is all Queerty got from the article, then it shouldn’t have bothered posting it. Shame, really.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty

      Mmmm, sexy arabs.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charlie Jackpot

      I’ll have 2 of the one lying down

      Jan 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alan

      Yeah I saw that too but let’t not stereotype people based on one stupid comment, I feel like we should know better.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cooper

      again… this is HARDLY an article Queerty! Why can’t you actually write something that has a point to it? As someone not from New York, it’s not until the very last line that i find out that Hibibi is a gay dance party, and one quote from one guy hardly means that there is a gay caste system in place. That’s like me saying “The sky is purple” and you running a story saying that in San Francisco, all gays claim the sky is purple, backed up by a single quote from one person claiming the sky is purple.

      If you can’t be bothered to write something remotely approaching journalism, then just link me to the original source that you culled your quote from and don’t make me waste time reading and wondering what the hell you are talking about.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B

      No. 1 · tallskin2 wrote, “I read the NY Times article. They seem so fucked up by their adherence to their nasty sky pixie religion. Why do gays choose to stay with beliefs that oppress them??”

      I read the article too. It said one person (the party’s founder, was a practicing Muslim), but he obviously wasn’t letting his religion get in the way of having a good time. It said they were closed for Ramadan (i.e., they skip one month – it’s the equivalent of being closed for Christmas). Don’t assume this is a religious thing on the part of the club – it could just be that enough people are making an appearance with their families that the place wouldn’t be full enough to justify the cost of renting the space.

      The article also mentioned Mohammad Shamsi Al, the Imam of the relatively progressive “Islamic Cultural Center of New York” as saying that the center has a “don’t ask don’t tell policy”, so gay Muslims show up with their partners but are expected to not provide any details about their sex lives. The more conservative members can pretend they are “just friends” while anyone with half a brain knows the score.

      Finally, I’ve met gay Muslims in San Francisco. One said he was overjoyed when he discovered pork and alcohol (banned at home when he was growing up) and joked that it didn’t matter because he was in enough trouble for being gay! “Muslim” in this case seems to mean, “my parents took me to a mosque regularly as a child and I only go to one when visiting my mother, who would be upset if I didn’t go along with her.”

      Jan 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adonis-of-Fire

      LMAO, Dubai people are so fuckin’ pretencious
      Most Arabs I’ve met are quite ugly, doesn’t matter if they are rich or poor, they have huge ugly hook noses, hairy backs, eww eww eww.

      Jan 16, 2011 at 5:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gigi

      Really? That’s the best comment you could come up with? That “most” Arabs you’ve met aren’t your cup of tea. And? Who cares!

      Jan 19, 2011 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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