About Arabian Knights LGBTQ
Arabian Knights LGBTQ is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that promotes unity, understanding, hope and love for the Middle East within the LGBTQ community. What started off as a party has become a safe place where members of the community can experience and celebrate Middle Eastern music, culture, and people.
Arabian Knights LGBTQ will also offer several programs to support people of various Middle Eastern cultures, traditions, and religious backgrounds in coming to terms with their sexuality, being represented, and finding love and acceptance in the LGBTQ community.
In February of 2016, a group of LGBTQ Middle Easterners expressed the need to have an event celebrating their culture, their background and their music. That’s when Kerolos Saleib stepped in. Seeing this as an opportunity not only to have an amazing party, but also to promote Middle Eastern culture within the LGBTQ community, Kerolos Saleib founded Arabian Knights LGBTQ to meet the task.
Born Egyptian and raised in a very conservative religious household, Kerolos struggled with his sexuality. At the age of 16, he was kicked out of the house for being gay. Having to grow up on his own, Kerolos found himself battling drug abuse, homelessness and rejection. However, after years of deep soul-searching (including a stint in a monastery in Maseno, Kenya), Kerolos was finally able to come to terms with himself and overcome these obstacles. In so doing, he forced himself to lay a foundation on which he could build a life.