The Lexington, One of SF's Last Lesbian Bars, Closing

The Lexington, One of SF's Last Lesbian Bars, Closing


San Francisco's dwindling LGBT community took another hit this week. Lila Thirkield, owner of The Lexington Club, announced that her popular lesbian bar in the heart of the egregiously-changing Mission District will close

"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 via a statement on Facebook. "Eighteen years later, I find myself struggling to run a neighborhood dyke bar in a neighborhood that has dramatically changed."

But the tiny bar in the inner Mission was more than just a place where ladies could play pinball in between rounds of flirting and PBRs. It was also a community center of sorts. 

Mark B., writing for 48 Hills Online, notes, "It was situated as a queer outpost in the Mission, then the city’s lesbian neighborhood, that acted as a hub for sex-positive and women’s rights activists, longtime cruisers and fresh-faced newbies, butches and femmes, the emerging transman community, and all manner of beautiful freaks who stretched the city’s queer boundaries beyond the Castro and SoMa."

Although Thirkield has a buyer (she won't disclose any names), she will keep the bar open until early 2015. Until then, be sure to stop by and pay your respects. 

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