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Grindr offers Gaymojis to celebrate Will and Grace reboot

Sep. 24, 2017 - , Grindr has teamed up with NBC's Will and Grace to offer gay emojis or "gaymojis."

According to Intomore, The nine new gaymojis will be recognized by fans of the show. They include Grace, Dominatrix Karen, Will and Jack in bed, and more.

You can check out the emojis on Grindr, and download the free Gaymoji app on Apple and Android devices.

A recently-released promo revealed that both Jack and Will are on Grindr. "Grindr has gotten so skanky," said Jack while looking at his phone. "I feel like I could get finger herpes just from scrolling."

He then becomes excited that another gay guy is 10 feet away from him before he realizes it's Will sitting next to him.

The popular gay-friendly sitcom will return on September 28.

All eight seasons and 194 episodes of the original Will & Grace series became available to stream on Hulu over the weekend, for those that want to catch up.

Chicago aims to eliminate HIV infections
Sep. 24, 2017 - , Mayor Rahm Emanuel has set a lofty goal- eradicating new HIV infections in a decade.

DNAInfo reported the new effort, named "Getting to Zero", brought together state and city health officials along with community organizations and hospitals.

"Getting to Zero" means zero new HIV infections and zero people living with HIV who are not on treatment.

"We are more equipped than ever to fight HIV," Emanuel said. "With the aid of strong community health care partnerships, new treatments and the increased availability of medication to vulnerable populations we have a real chance at stopping the spread of HIV once and for all."

Under the Affordable Care Act access to anti-retroviral medications and the HIV-prevention pill PrEP were expanded.

The "Getting to Zero" initiative was the product of a working group that began meeting in July 2016. They modeled their efforts off of similar initiatives in New York, San Francisco, and Washington state.

The focus of the program will be the African-American community. There have been fewer than 1,000 new HIV cases diagnosed in Chicago annually since 2013, but the African-American gay community is still disproportionately impacted by the virus.

"Together, our state has made great strides in curbing HIV, but data telling us that one-in-two black gay men will contract HIV in their lifetime reminds us of how far we have yet to go," said Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus Executive Director Erik Glenn.

You can read the full article here.

Legendary DJ Tony Moran brings the sound to Octane Party at Fantasy Nightclub
Sep. 12, 2017 - , He is one of the most successful dance artists of all-time, and on Saturday night, Sept. 9, Tony Moran was back in Chicago as the DJ for the monthly Octane Party from SKIN Productions.

More than 400 attended the late-night dance party, held at Fantasy Nightclub in Boystown.

Moran is a two-time Grammy-nominated remixer/producer/singer-songwriter and DJ, known for remixing popular songs.  He posed for selfies with many attendees and signed a poster for one longtime fan.

"It has been a very cool journey for me; life has moved so fast that I rarely notice how much I've (accomplished)," Moran told ChicagoPride.com.  "I feel blessed and humbled to have the opportunities still out there to express myself.

"Mostly, I am a songwriter and a music producer.  I am totally hands-on.  My greatest passion is to record the artists, male or female, and discover a way to bring out the most in a song.  It can be a lot of pressure when some of these artists are Celine Dion, Cher, Luther Vandross and Deborah Cox.  You (have) to step it up every time, and I think that is why I've produced so many people."

Moran has a career filled with singles, remixes, albums and more.

This Octane Party featured high-energy music, energy-filled dancers and fan-smacking aficionados, too.  The event was a benefit to support the Lakeview Pantry.

The next Octane Party is Saturday, Oct. 14, featuring DJ Dani Toro, at Fantasy Nightclub.

Photos: Octane Party, Sept. 9

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