In what could become a noble yet worrisome trend, a plaque has been adhered outside of a former LGBTQ San Francisco space, in memoriam of the establishment's queer past. (Sadly, San Francisco has seen many LGBTQ spots shutter over the last handful of years.) In this case, the Lexington Bar in the Mission, which closed earlier this year.
The shiny new plaque reads:
The Lexington Club
January 31, 1997 - April 30, 2015
Here marks the site of the Lexington Club, "your friendly neighborhood dyke bar" where "every night is ladies’ night," which cultivated a close-knit community among San Francisco’s LGBTQ community over the course of two decades and touched many in this city and beyond.
Dedicated own April 29th, 2015 to owner Lila Thirkield and all those who contributed to this vibrant space, with much love from those who treasured it.
The plaque dedication took place on Monday, featuring a bevy of local politicos including supervisors David Campos and Jane Kim.
Monday's unveiling ceremony was attended by such politicos as San Francisco supervisors David Campos and Jane Kim, as well as former Lex owner, Lila Lexington.
The famous former gathering spot for ladies was purchased by Plumpjack and reopened earlier this year as a craft cocktail spot (quite popular in the Mission nowadays) named Wildhawk. As it now stands, there remains only one dedicated lesbian bar left in San Francisco, Bernal Heights' Wild Side West.
Here are some scenes from this week's ceremony outside the long gone bar: