Turn on the disco balls and sing a hopeful round of "I Will Survive." Today, a group of drag queens, DJs and other fans of The Stud, a 50-year-old gay bar in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, announced it has secured funds to buy the bar as a co-op and save it from closure.
"I'm feeling pretty stoked," says co-op spokesperson Mica Sigourney, whose drag performer name is VivvyAnne Forevermore. "We've been working really hard on coming together and formulating a plan, and we have one."
The 15-member Stud Collective formed this summer after the building's landlords announced they would triple the bar's rent beginning Sept. 1.