Fabled transgender bar Divas closing its doors after throwing one last party

San Francisco’s fabled transgender bar and nightclub Divas in Polk Gulch will be closing its doors at the end of the month — but not before throwing a final party on March 30.

One of the few remaining elements of the neighborhood’s LGBTQ community, the three-level club has long been a gathering place and a refuge for transgender people and their admirers.

“I’ve been the manager here for 31 years,” Alexis Miranda told SFGATE. “It’s depressing. It’s the only transgender club in California, one of three in the country. We will find another place in the city. I’m working on it.”

Miranda said Steve Berkey, the owner of both the building and the club, is looking to get out of the business and preferred to not comment on the matter.

A real estate listing with NAI Real Estate reveals the building at 1081 Post St. is on the market for $3.8 million and will be “delivered vacant at the close of escrow.”

“Perfect for multifamily development, bar/club, restaurant, medical use, and more,” the listing reads.

SFGATE reached out to listing agent Mary Alam who said she couldn’t discuss the property as it is “under a confidentiality agreement.”

San Francisco author David Steinberg, who photographed trans women at Divas for a book project, wrote an ode to the club on Facebook.

Steinberg writes: “The bottom line of Divas is the courage and integrity of the trans women who frequent the club, women who will always be my heroes and role models for having the courage to be themselves regardless of the misunderstanding, disrespect, and outright hatred that being themselves engenders in other people, and the emotional and very real physical danger that they must consequently deal with every day of their lives.

“The bar, founded to be a place of refuge and safety for them, carries their spirit of freedom, truth, and independence to everyone who walks in the front door. There is no other place like it – in San Francisco, in the U.S., I daresay in the world.”

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Divas-transgender-bar-closing-nightclub-Polk-Gulch-13707048.php.

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