Even before sheltering in place, The Stud thrived in San Francisco against all odds. The LGBTQ+ club, open since 1966, operates under a collective ownership model, sells cheap drinks and—in contrast to the sterile, monochrome vibe of newer bars—champions camp, glitter and weird, performance art-y drag you won’t find on VH1.
As we all pivot to streaming for recreation, entertainment and human interaction, The Stud moves its weekly drag show “Drag Alive!” online, with a Twitch stream taking place every Saturday, 6:30–8pm. The first edition is hosted by Stud co-owner and drag queen VivvyAnne Forevermore, along with club mainstay Jillian Gnarling, known for pairing cute femininity with body horror special effects makeup.
The lineup of performers—some streaming pre-recorded numbers and others performing live—includes a number of San Francisco’s best-known queens, including Peaches Christ, Honey Mahogany and Christeene.