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, leant against an old piano, scanning the entrance warily as guests paid $5.70 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.
But on the recent sweltering Thursday night, as men in pastel-coloured, V-neck T-shirts streamed in, a crackdown was the last thing on Ms Bidak's mind. She worried whether a certain woman might walk through the door.
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