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In San Francisco, Frolic Furry Dance may lose historic venue… is The Stud saved yet?
Update for “Frolic ‘the original furry nightclub’ to lose historic venue – community responds.”
The SF Bay Area is getting so only the wealthiest can afford to live there. It’s one of the worst places for gentrification and rising costs forcing out culture. The pressure has hit The Stud, a historic gay bar and subcultural landmark that welcomes freaks and artists like no other place.
Frolic furry dance was established by their support. It has had wide influence, inspiring other furry dances to start all over the place. (See the Frolic tag.)
Frolic took years to gain traction. Now it regularly maxes out capacity and spills out to the street each month. It will be sad if it loses it’s home and has to find a new one.
There may be hope, but it’s complicated. The building is approved for management by a co-op of artists and community members (the first cooperatively managed LGBT club in the country.)
But do they have a business plan that can meet the steeply rising costs of running the place? They have applied for “historic business” status under new local legislation, but will it be enough? Reports are unclear.
If things don’t come together within a short time, the plans may die. The building could be knocked down and replaced by soulless condos. NBC News has a video about 3 local LGBT landmarks struggling with this problem, including The Stud.
Frolic founder Neonbunny posted to the Save Our Stud group:
“Furries have always been the outcasts among outcasts. There’s not alot of venues that accept different cultures, new traditions, and just general going against the norms to express yourself in new ways. Drag may have been like this decades ago, but now you have so many options on every night to dress up as a different gender.
But what if you like to dress up as a different species? Not a lot of options… But yet, The Stud has welcomed Frolic with open arms, shown that there can be a home for the outcasts, for those who don’t fit any traditional norms anywhere.
And for this, The Stud will always have a special place in our hearts. You accepted us, and in return we have embraced The Stud in return, you have become our family.”
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