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Give your bikes a little love by visiting PRIMA Bike Maintenance this Saturday! We’ll be at the Flea Market at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, where other vendors will be selling food and goods. Kick it with the community this weekend and show your bici some love. Kids welcome ♥
Yesterday it was revealed via Facebook that the Lexington Club is closing.
In a followup Q&A with 48 Hills, owner Lila Thirkield expands on her reasons for shutting down the iconic Mission bar. Here’s a doozy:
Another real issue is economic gender inequality. Why is there only one lesbian bar when there are so many gay male bars? Even if you take queerness out of it, women make less money than men and a two male household is going to have more capital potential to start a business than a two female household. How many bars or restaurants do you see being run by women? So few. And that’s just the supply side. Because women have less disposable income and consume less than men, the spending power isn’t the same when you are talking about having a bar for mostly women.
Read on for lots more.
Owner Lila Thirkield published this letter this afternoon on Facebook:
To My Dear Community –
It is with a heavy heart, great thought and consideration that I have made the very difficult decision to sell The Lexington Club.
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. Eighteen years later, I find myself struggling to run a neighborhood dyke bar in a neighborhood that has dramatically changed. A few years back my rent was raised to market rate, and though it was difficult, we seemed to weather it at first. But as the neighborhood continued to change, we began to see sales decline, and they continued to do so. We tried new concepts, different ways of doing things, but we were struggling. 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.
Please know that if I thought The Lexington Club could be saved, I would not be writing this. I understand what a huge loss this is to the community. It is difficult and painful to lose our queer spaces. However, my faith in queer San Francisco still runs deep. It is the best place in the world and dykes and queers are still an integral part of this city. They always will be. I have spent the better part of my adult life facilitating and creating community among dykes and queers in SF and I will not stop. The Lexington Club had an incredible eighteen-year run. It will forever live on in my heart, as I’m sure it will for many of you. To all who were a part of it – thank you for your contribution to a great chapter in San Francisco and a great chapter in my own life. And, of course, a huge thank you to my amazing staff. We made some incredible memories, and we will make more.
Lila Thirkield (Lexington)
[link] (Thanks, Jess.)
Stiegl Radler and a shot of Fernet Branca! Go Giants!
(Available at Pop’s Bar and probably other bars.)
Local transit aficionado and musician Ticklefight just published this beauty:
Ottawa Ebola Renee Royals
World’s Ending Fast, Where’s My Aluminum Foils
Evictions Elections Soccer Denials
Chinatown Bus Hatred for Miles
White House Fence, Ain’t So Strong
Yosemite Graffiti Everything’s Wrong
Can’t wait to see the next verse!
I witnessed this spectacle last year at El Rio — and it was truly a spectacle I will never forget. And it’s for a good cause. Get ready.