(Photo: Mica Sigourney)
In a victory win Monday afternoon The Stud Bar was granted Legacy Business status by the Small Business Commission—a move which may help secure its future after a rocky year.
The bar was threatened with closure in July after the rent was raised 300 percent—from $3,800 to $9,500 a month. A ‘Save Our Stud’ campaign was launched shortly thereafter by Mica Sigourney, better-known by drag name VivvyAnne Forevermore. As a result, 15 people formed a collective to buy the bar as a co-op, putting a halt to its imminent closure.
The Stud was nominated as a Legacy Business by Supervisor Jane Kim in early October, and was approved on Monday. While not guaranteeing the bar’s future, this new identity will aid in preservation efforts; landlord incentives such as grants are offered for renewing existing leases and not raising rents.
The Stud has been in operation for 50 years, providing a strong hub for those in the LGBTQ community. We don’t know about you, but we’ll certainly be celebrating the news this Friday at the bar’s epic drag show Some Thing.