CAIRO — Pop star Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” was playing on
speakers set around the dimly lit dance floor. Kholoud Bidak, a
33-year-old lesbian, leaned against an old piano, scanning the entrance
warily as guests paid $6 to get into one of Cairo’s increasingly common
underground gay parties.
Just months ago, a raid by Egypt’s vice police would have been a
concern at gatherings such as this fete for a man in red shorts who was
turning 26. But on the recent sweltering Thursday night, as men in
pastel-colored, V-neck T-shirts streamed in, a crackdown was the last
thing on Bidak’s mind. She worried whether a certain woman might walk
through the door.