Frank Ocean's First Foray Into New York City Queer Club Nights

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    After conquering the Billboard charts, Frank Ocean has set his sights on a new challenge: nightlife.

    Pitchfork reports that the elusive vocalist will be debuting his own queer club night in New York City on Thursday night as a collaborative effort between his own Blonded brand and the popular Gayletter.

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

    PrEP+ takes its name from the HIV prevention drug Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and seeks to serve as an homage to “what could have been of the 1980s NYC club scene if the drug PrEP had been invented in that era.”

    For those interested in attending, apparently tickets have already been distributed with the location to be revealed Thursday night. Additionally, those in the building might be in for a special treat.

    Though we haven’t heard any new music from Ocean since “Carousel,” his generous contribution to Travis Scott’s Astroworld, he recently mentioned he’s in the lab working on his next album, which, according to Pitchfork, will be heavily influenced by “Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic” and other “iterations of nightlife.” So those in attendance might be in for a taste test of what’s to come from the 31-year-old’s upcoming release.

    Much love to Ocean for creating a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Just make sure you follow the house rules:

    • No photos or videos are allowed

    • Consent is mandatory

    • Zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism or any form of discrimination
    • The dance floor is for dancing
     
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    So now the queer community is saying it's ok to be discreet? LOL
     
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    this seems elitist af and for the yt gheys of Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen... I'll pass TL;DR: if you don't have 4 Balenciaga pairs of sneakers and an E by Equinox membership, ignore this.
     
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    fuck this club shit! where is the music Frank?? mmmh?
     
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    Frank Ocean is living in his truth and embracing sex parties. Let him be a hoe with the elite White Gays...Meanwhile I'll happily be on a dark beach in Miami getting handjobs by young DL Black men named Kevin.
     
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    When I saw this, I thought 'Don't the wh!te gheys have this covered already?'. It would have been cool if it was focused towards Same Gender loving POC. If any CA member attends or knows anyone that would, feel free to share the experience.
     
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    Apparently someone who went, had this to front about it:


    ...and Franks response;


    Not funded by Gilead Sciences

    Funded by Blonded, independently

    Let’s just get that out of the way.

    Club culture around late 70s and 80s nightlife in NYC was a special, much talked about and written about thing. From the star studded midtown clubs like studio 54 and the first danceteria to the downtown clubs like Mudd + paradise garage. The figures, the music, the looks, the lack of regulation haha. I recognize NY wasn’t all lasers and disco lighting and that simultaneously, there was a lot of crime and poverty and that a huge part of club culture, the gay community, at that time were being wiped out by HIV + AIDS. Now in 2019, there’s a pill you can take every day that will at a better than 90% chance prevent you from contracting HIV. This pill was approved by the FDA in 2012. The pricing strategy behind it is malicious in my opinion and so it’s public perception is marred and rightfully so. But the fact remains that despite price being a very real barrier to this potentially life saving drug for some, the other very real barrier is awareness. I decided to name, what was otherwise going to be a night of lights and music inspired by an era of clubbing that I loved PrEP+ because while designing the club which is inside of an old glass factory basement in Queens (shoutout to The Basement that runs a very awesome techno night on Fridays after us) I started to imagine in an era where so many lives were lost and so much promise was lost forever along with them, what would it have been like if something, anything had existed that in all probability would’ve saved thousands and thousands of lives. I’m an artist, it’s core to my job to imagine realities that don’t necessarily exist and it’s a joy to. A couple days before we threw the party, I was discussing this subject with my team and one of the architects I work with thought that PrEP as a drug had reached ‘100% saturation’ so far as awareness. I thought he was dead wrong so I asked a friend (who I won’t name haha) if he knew what PrEP was and his response was ‘isn’t that some type of viagra or something’. My ex who I was with for several years didn’t know about it when we first met at a gay club in LA. Awareness isn’t always what we’d hope it would be. But anyway, I’m ranting. I’m happy that folks are talking about the subject in the first place. Thank you to everyone who came out and danced with us last night. Y’all were beautiful and the energy was right! Thank you Bouffant Bouffant, Sango, Justice and Sherelle for your sets last night they were soo good man. Oh one more thing, I saw someone say that this was a PR stunt etc etc, pshhh bitch pls come get a drink next time and I’ll put several barstools out so you can have as many seats as you need. All my love everybody really. Stay safe.
     
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    In my opinion Frank moves and will always move WH!TE.
    Black folks who went for this and were expecting something different
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    The Blackest Frank will ever go is like a luka sabbat type, PERIODT!
    He caters to the whyte gheys. At this point just give me the music only, and keep the Queer/Gay to yourself and your whyte gay ''friends''.
     
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