The Lexington Club was the iconic dyke/lesbian/queer bar that operated for 18 years in San Francisco's Mission District until the last drink was served last year. "The Lex" was an internationally known beacon to lesbians, dykes, bois, queers, and their friends who came to the "gay mecca" of San Francisco. For many, it was more than a bar — it was a living room, a cultural center, a safe space. With its closure, the queer community is left to both remember it and reimagine new spaces in which they can come together and experience one another.
This exhibit of images and ephemera, curated by Lauren Tabak and Susie Smith of the Lexington Club Archival Project, aims to show the vibrancy of the community that formed around the Lex. Amidst changing patrons and aesthetics, the space transformed and was transformed by its community. The Bay Area is not the same without it.
Images from San Francisco's Last Lesbian Bar 1997-2015
1714 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612
The closing reception is 6-9 p.m., Friday October 7.
The documentary Never a Cover is currently screening. Check here for details.
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