Queer San Francisco is disappearing. The Lexington Club en el Distrito de la Misión de San Francisco is closing.
Hola. ¿Qué tal? Finally, more people are starting to notice or at least talk about what has happened to San Francisco. Some people are slow, or choose to live in Denial that the San Francisco that I moved to in the late 1970s is dead. Fin. The End. That city is gone. I didn’t think I would ever say that because I never expected this city to change so drastically as it had done, and do a “180″ (become conservative) as the city now is.
As is the case with the misnamed “Democratic” and Republican corporate-fascist political parasites in The Empire’s government/the US government (or what mealy-mouthed people refer to as an “Oligarchy” in their attempt to offend no one), the corporate-fascist politicians in San Francisco also work for corporations and parasitic techie companies (which receive corporate welfare from the city). These politicians don’t work for the average person. These corporate-fascist politicians can use Newspeak words like “vibrant” every breath to describe barrios/neighbourhoods around San Francisco, but this city is now dead compared to how it was when I moved here. The word “vibrant” would apply to that time. The only thing that is close to “vibrant” around here today is the horrendous/gridlock traffic in the city (presumably from the techie basura), as many people are noticing.
San Francisco has become a lobotomised city, where activists, culture and counter-culture have moved to the East Bay and elsewhere, because they could no longer afford to live in outrageously expensive San Francisco. We now have the highest rents in the nation because of corporate greed and the vulgar greed of the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars for whom el alcalde/the mayor works. The average rent in San Francisco is $3,500.00/a month the last figure I saw. This city is a city of class warfare today, with the haves living right beside the have-nots in some cases and the numbers of the poor homeless people increasing.
The last remaining lesbian bar in San Francisco (The Lexington Club) is about to close. That’s very sad. These days, “straights” are going to gay bars (to take them over). WTF? And gay bars are closing in the city, although not yet in the former gay mecca known as The Castro, at least to my knowledge. The conservatives in San Francisco adore the new conservative and lobotomised city. They now love this city that a little over 5 years ago they despised. Because the conservatives “own” the city now—technically a billionaire techie owns it and controls policies with el alcalde/the mayor as his puppet—they now arrogantly call San Francisco “everybody’s favourite city.” Like hell it is! It certainly isn’t my favourite city any longer. They have made San Francisco like any other city: mainstream and corporate. The uniqueness we once had is gone, and it’s been deliberately erased by the corporate-fascists in positions of power.
A lesbian said in an article I read about the Lexington Club closing that she is very femme and doesn’t feel comfortable hitting on another female in a “straight” bar, and that’s why she feels there is still a need for gay and lesbian bars. Despite this bull shit nonsense that “straights and gays now love each other,” the reality is that there will always be a need for gay and lesbian bars. And from what I hear, these gay hook-up apps on the stupidphones are a major waste of time. Queers spends day and night on them and end up home along jacking off because there’s nothing but flakey people on them. Also, anti-gay comments and anti-gay looks/stares are on the rise in San Francisco (mi amigo has noticed this especially in the snooty, pretentious and wealthy Upper Market area, for example) as “straight” young, white techie trash take over Upper Market and other areas of the city. I’ve heard stories about gay guys hitting on “straight” guys in gay bars—thinking they were gay since they were in a gay bar (what the fuck is a “straight” guy hanging out in a gay bar for?…there’s got to be something in the water!)—and things got heated when the Queer boys approached “Mr Straight” who responded to them like an asshole, in their own bar.
I read an ignorant comment from a local lesbian idiot who wrote that “Queers are mainstream now” and that’s why there may not be a need for gay and lesbians bars. Ugh. The ignorance of some people! She went on to say that a gay/lesbian person can be “out” at work (well some people can and some cannot) and get married and have kids. In some places one can. In other words, she’s all jacked that gay people can be heteronormative. Be like the “straights.” So apparently being like the “straights” was the goal of the now-dead Gay Rights’ Movement. I and others I’ve spoken with never knew that was the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights’ Movement. Or did the movement get hijacked by those wealthy, corporatist GLBTQ Obamabot-organisations with their bloated executive salaries that survive by residing in the upper colon of the useless and irrelevant “Democratic” Party? If one goes on the site I call ClosetList, one will see lots of gay guys (including in San Francisco) who are not “out” at work or anywhere else and they specifically say they’re not “out” in their ads. So I don’t know what drugs this lesbian is on. I’d like to inform her that if Queers were so “mainstream” why is it that I see only “straight” (usually white) couples in television ads and programmes. If Queers are so “mainstream” why is it that whenever I see Latin male singers, the producer or someone makes sure there are only las muchachas hanging all over the male singers. I never see any Queer couples or lesbian couples in any television commercials or programming. And on Telemundo, I’ve repeatedly seen (and been turned off by) the heteronormative situations they set up where one or more of Telemundo’s personalities (who are thought to be gay or lesbian but are not officially “out”) pretend to be “straight” and they do this skit of showing signs of sizing up and wanting to beso/kiss or make out with the opposite gender person they’re standing or sitting with. If Queers were so “mainstream,” Telemundo would have their (suspected) lesbian show host stand with a female and not with a chico and have the lesbian show an interest in the female and size her up and give her a long beso on camera for all the audience to see. But all I see on my television is heteronormative behaviour, heteronormative programming and heteronormative commercials. Also, just because Queers can get married (which is a conservative “institution” in itself) in some places and have children in some places, does not at all erase the sheeples’ prejudices and phobes (often based on religious beliefs) against Queer people. Court rulings do not erase or remove people’s prejudices. And if Queers were “mainstream,” why are so many Queers saying that they are “discreet” (instead of being “out and proud”) today in major US cities, such as New York City (read: The “Discreet” Gay Guys in New York City) and going to all extremes to be heteronormative. So that’s just how “mainstream” Queers are, you idiot. I can’t stand ignorant people.
More people in San Francisco are talking about the “fabric of the city of San Francisco having permanently changed” and how sad that is and that the alternative/counter-culture city is gone. And that people flocked to San Francisco decades ago to explore their sexual identity in the gay mecca of that day. They don’t come here now for that. The only thing they come to “explore” now is corporate greed through a fucking techie job. Basura!
Mi amigo asked me: What happened to all the faux-hawks and earrings/bling and the counter-culture “alternative-looks” that we used to see around here and that Queer boys used to wear? One doesn’t see that now, unfortunately. I asked him: What about at your gym? He said that everyone looks the same there as the gay populace has done its best to become very conservative, lobomotised (they don’t seem to care about anything), corporatised (wearing clothing with corporate logos on them, including corporations well known to using child labour) and pro-conservative Establishment. They’ve done a 180. Nothing alternative here. Nothing counter-culture here. Conservative is how los muchachos in the gym look. Pretty much every one looking the same, he said. No individualism. Cookie-cutter. Seeing someone who looks counter-culture or “alternative” is rare in San Francisco today.
It is sad what my fellow Queers have become in their dire and desperate attempt to be accepted by the fucking “straights.” Why the fuck is that so important to Queers to be accepted by (many prejudiced, anti-gay) “straights” in the first place? Who cares what they think? Queers have completely lost themselves and abandoned their radically-proud past. These days, as I’ve said before, Queers have more in common with Anita Bryant or that war criminal sack Dick Cheney than they do with Lily Tomlin. Queers in San Francisco (of all places!) acted just like prudish Anita Bryant when it came to hating on the 2-3 naked guys occasionally walking around The Castro. The conservative gay populace overwhelmingly favoured imposing the city-wide nudity ban for San Francisco because of 2-3 naked guys on occasion in a roughly 2-block area of the city.
There’s also the sex drug problem with many Queer guys who—according to their ads on the site I call ClosetList—apparently are unable to have sex without being strung out on meth, cocaine or some other drug (including alcohol), and they want to ParTy [sic] and “be in the clouds,” or they’re already “cloudy,” or want to “go skiing.” “Skiing” refers to snorting a line of cocaine. They refer to “the snow” in their ads, which is code language. Or they’re in the gym bragging like a teenager—even though they’re 60 years old or more having never matured and they look like an alcoholic—about how they went to all of these parties and how the drinks flowed and they got so drunk and don’t remember any of it. (What exactly is the point of that then?) So clearly they don’t go to the gym for health reasons based on their lives and activities outside the gym. I suspect it’s the same way with “straights.”
It’s really pathetic what the so-called “gay community” has become, and I can’t relate to them at all. Chau.—el barrio rosa
The San Francisco lesbian who made the ignorant claim that “gays are now mainstream” should read this article:
Gay banner removed from Pride DVD cover in US
“It’s an unfortunate commercial reality both here and in the US that distributors have to deal with and consider in getting films onto the shop shelf. LGBT material is largely marginalised outside of rare hits like Brokeback Mountain.”
Note to ignorant (or wishful-thinking) lesbian: When something is marginalised, it’s not “mainstream.”
The “Straight” Castro
One of the local gay homeowners I know refers to The Castro now as “the heterosexual Castro.” I know what he means. No doubt about that. I saw a Queer amigo earlier today. He said he’s not usually in The Castro during the day on Lunes-Viernes/Monday-Friday. But he was today. He was walking down those wide sidewalks on Castro and he told me he saw nothing but “straight” couples anywhere he looked. No Queer boys or Queer couples in sight. He said: The Castro is now “straight” (especially) during the day, I take it. The many “straight” couples were walking in the required hand-holding mode that they’ve been programmed to do and some felt the need to stop and beso/kiss and make-out on Castro. He felt they were trying to be “in your face” with their heterosexual sexuality on Castro. He said, “how would they feel if we came to their neighbourhoods and did that?” Well, we both know how they would feel about that. I know what he’s talking about because it’s one of the reasons I now avoid The Castro. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of seeing “straight” couples coming out of Queer bars and feeling the need to make out in front of a Queer bar—sort of a “in your face” thing—and almost fuck on the sidewalk in front of the Queer bar. I’m sick of it. And if we Queers did what they do in one of the traditionally “straight” areas of San Francisco, some people would scream at us: “Take that back to The Castro. Get out of here.” Chau.—el barrio rosa