"A few years back my rent was raised to market rate, and though it was difficult, we seemed to weather it at first. But as the neighborhood continued to change, we began to see sales decline, and they continued to do so. We tried new concepts, different ways of doing things, but we were struggling. When a business caters to about 5% of the population, it has tremendous impact when 1% of them leave. When 3% or 4% of them can no longer afford to live in the neighborhood, or the City, it makes the business model unsustainable."The end of The Lex marks the third recent LGBT bar closure of late, along with Esta Noche in the Mission and Marlena's in Hayes Valley. Thirkield noted in her message how difficult it is to lose queer spaces, but that The Lex could not survive:
Please know that if I thought The Lexington Club could be saved, I would not be writing this. I understand what a huge loss this is to the community. It is difficult and painful to lose our queer spaces.The Lex will be sorely missed, but as Thirkield put it: "My faith in queer San Francisco still runs deep. It is the best place in the world and dykes and queers are still an integral part of this city. They always will be."