Frank Ocean’s creative brand Blonded hosted its first queer night club, PrEP+, on Thursday night in New York City.

PrEP+, named after the HIV prevention drug pre-exposure prophylaxis, is the first in a series of club nights dedicated to creating a safe space for people to meet and dance, according to a press release. The invite-only party was allegedly held at the techno club Basement in Queens.

No video or photos were allowed, Brooklyn Vegan reports. Other alleged house rules included mandatory consent, zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, and “the dance floor is for dancing.”

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Ocean also played some of his new music at the party, before French techno DJs Justice appeared as the surprise headliners.

The series has been described as “an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP—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.”

Although many praised the idea of a new queer-friendly event in New York, others on Twitter questioned the optics and naming of it.


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