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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Lexington Club is Closing Because the Mission Has "Dramatically Changed"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

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It's a sad day in the Mission as Lila Thirkield, owner of The Lexington Club, announced that she is selling the city's only remaining lesbian bar (assuming you don't count Wild Side West).

"Eighteen years ago I opened The Lex to create a space for the dykes, queers, artists, musicians and neighborhood folks who made up the community that surrounded it," Thirkield writes in a statement on Facebook. "Eighteen years later, I find myself struggling to run a neighborhood dyke bar in a neighborhood that has dramatically changed."

They were forced to pay market rate rent a few years ago, but she says that in of itself wasn't the death knell. It was the LGBT community's exodus to Oakland (along with everyone else) that made the business unsustainable.

"When a business caters to about 5% of the population, it has tremendous impact when 1% of them leave. When 3% or 4% of them can no longer afford to live in the neighborhood, or the City, it makes the business model unsustainable," she writes.

The comments on the post are also poignant, with many mentioning how much the bar meant to them when they were young and new in S.F.

Read Thirkield's full statement
on Facebook, and prepare yourself to say goodbye to a part of the community that won't be easy to replace.

[via SFist]
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