Despite our reputation as the “Gay Area,” we’ve lost a lot of local LGBT businesses over the last decade. We’ve lost bookstores, restaurants, bars, and other community spaces that have been so integral to our communities. Most recently, The Lexington, San Francisco’s last-standing lesbian bar, announced it would be shuttering due to high rent and low turnout.
Because of this, the folks at AfterEllen (I write an advice column for AE) came up with an idea to support queer businesses this weekend with an event called LezBiBuy.
San Francisco’s Only Lesbian Bar, The Lexington, to Close
A Sexy East Bay Holiday
[jump] LezBiBuy takes place this Saturday, December 6, and is a day we are encouraging people go out and support their local LGBT establishments. Because queer ladies and beer are the two things most dear to my heart, I volunteered to host a meetup at the White Horse Bar (6551 N. Telegraph Ave.) in North Oakland at 8 p.m. So come on out, enjoy a beverage, talk up some gaydies (and lesbros), and let’s awkwardly high-five each other in support of these amazing queer businesses that we enjoy having around. Come say hi — I’ll be the one in the neutral-toned hoodie with the asymmetrical haircut. Oh wait, that’s all of us. Here’s a picture to clarify.
If drinking isn’t your cup of Glogg, you might also consider buying a sexcessory from Feelmore Adult Gallery (many suggestions are offered in our Sexy Gift Guide), the latest Sarah Waters book, The Paying Guests, (check out our Best Fiction of 2014 Guide for more ideas) from Laurel Bookstore (now in downtown Oakland), or by enjoying a delicious gluten-free treat from The Grease Box.
A few other queer-women-owned businesses to consider supporting this holiday season*:
Hi-Tops (San Francisco)
Wild Side West (San Francisco)
El Rio (San Francisco)
Show & Tell (Oakland)
Kipper Clothiers (San Francisco)
*We’re sure we didn’t cover them all. Let us know of additional businesses in the comments and we’ll add more.
We hope to see you this Saturday!
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