All that effort you put into trying to save the Gold Dust Lounge in Union Square can now be seamlessly channeled into the city's SOMA neighborhood, where the LGBT community is trying to stop the beloved Eagle Tavern from falling into the hands of non-queer buyers.
A local petition is circulating asking city supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee to designate the "alt-leather, punk, working-class gay bar" as a historic landmark. The petition comes after the San Francisco Harvey Milk Club wrote a letter of its own expressing "shock" and disappointment that non-queer business folk were planning to buy up the community's favorite watering hole, which shuttered last year.
According to the letter/petition:
It has recently come to our attention that a non-LGBT group of entrepreneurs has entered into a purchase agreement for the former Eagle Tavern. This comes as a shock to many in the LGBT community as there was no outreach done or notice given about this historical community space despite the fact that many LGBT San Franciscans had expressed much interest in the building's future. Furthermore our community had previously heard that there were queer entrepreneurs in negotiation to take over this space; buyers who intended to return it to a place that would continue to serve as a center to those who previously patronized the Eagle and enjoyed it as a LGBT-friendly space.Now for the burning question: Why is this place so damn special? The Harvey Milk Club ticks off a list of pretty good reasons: