Frank Ocean Launched A PrEP+ Club Night

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Frank Ocean hosted an exclusive LGBTQ club night in New York City.

“PrEP+ is the first in a series of nights; an ongoing safe space made to bring people together and dance. PrEP+ will welcome globally celebrated DJs,” said party co-host Gayletter on its Instagram page.

“The night is named PrEP+ as an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) — which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs for those who are not infected but are at high risk — had been invented in that era. Ticket links have been distributed and the venue will be announced to ticket-holders on the evening of the night. Club hours are 10pm-late.”

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This Thursday night a new party from @blonded called PrEP+ in NYC. PrEP+ is the first in a series of nights; an ongoing safe space made to bring people together and dance. PrEP+ will welcome globally celebrated DJs. The night is named PrEP+ as an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) — which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs for those who are not infected but are at high risk — had been invented in that era. Ticket links have been distributed and the venue will be announced to ticket-holders on the evening of the night. Club hours are 10pm-late. House rules: No photos or videos are allowed Consent is mandatory Zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism or any form or discrimination The dance floor is for dancing www.blonded.co

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To add to the exclusive feel and atmosphere of the space, rules have been established stating that no photos or videos are allowed. Though as you’ll find below, some didn’t follow that rule. In addition, there will be a zero tolerance policy for hate of any kind such as racism, transphobia, or homophobia.

Unfortunately, it seems the space is so exclusive that ticket sales are currently unavailable for future nights. In fact, the press release for the opening night stated that “ticket links have been distributed.”  Plus, the very venue is being kept as a secret for only partygoers with tickets.

But secrecy and discretion isn’t the only theme showing through this popup event and space. The flyer for PrEP+ includes the sign “THE WORLD,” which is believed to be a reference to the queer nightclub of the same name from the 1980s. In addition, Ocean’s support of this event and nightclub setting mimics his earlier remarks that he’s working on new music that draws on the club scene and nightlife.

Along with that, it appears that Ocean previewed new music at his PrEP+ party last night. The singer is known for his alternative R&B sounds like “Chanel,” “Thinkin Bout You,” and his 2018 cover of Audrey Hepburn’s “Moon River.” But as the singer shared in an interview last month, he hopes to create club-inspired music next. And now, fan videos of the event and Frank Ocean’s performances reveal that he is getting closer to that new sound. And we can’t wait to hear more.

 

Sources: Towleroad, Aazios, Genius

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