Is This San Francisco’s Cutest Couple?
Here’s some good news to remind you that even though the world is fucked-up right now, we still have
love out there.
Last year the owner of The Stud, the oldest gay performance venue in the United States, announced
that the building that houses the 51-year- old bar had been bought by a developer. The new landlords
wanted The Stud out and gave the bar only two months to pack up and leave.
Terra Haywood was one of a group of people that formed The Stud Collective – they bought the bar,
negotiated with the new landlord for a reasonable lease, and turned The Stud into America’s first
worker owned, co-op, nightclub. That means when you go to the Stud, the door person, the bartender,
the DJs, even the drag queens are all owners of The Stud. How cool is that?
Terra is The Stud’s Bar Manager and is responsible for making sure the whole operation runs
smoothly. Its her job to make sure they don’t run out of booze and the drag shows start on time – and
trust me, to wrangling The Stud’s drag queens you need the patience of a saint.
She’s also a major reason why the Stud has such a diverse crowd these days. Since she became
manager more and more queer and straight women are making The Stud their home. Now days you’ll
often see a lesbian couple, standing next to a leather daddy, watching a faux-queen do a drag number
– and Terra’s there behind the bar making everyone feel welcome and wanted.
After two years of aggressive treatment Jane is in remission and doing great.
Here’s the best part: Terra and Jane are getting married! A few months ago Terra proposed to Jane and
she said yes, but after two years of cancer and just buying a gay bar they are hella broke.
So on a whim Jane and Terra joined a wedding contest that the Ace Hotel is throwing to offer one
couple a free wedding in New Orleans. Thousands of people entered the contest by sending in videos
that tell their love story. Here’s Jane and Terra’s.
The Ace Hotel loved them! And they’ve moved through each round with their adorable video’s – like
this dirty dancing parody, and of course this awesome Beyonce video. They are everything
wholesome and good about gay San Francisco rolled up into a ball. You just want to eat them.
The final decision for who gets the free wedding is decided by an open vote. Look, I’m sure the other
couples in the contest are really nice and probably deserve a free wedding too… but those couples
aren’t our couple. Tons of San Franciscan’s have already voted for Jane and Terra but it’s neck-and-
neck. We have to act fast as voting ENDS TOMORROW @10 am.
You can VOTE HERE by writing “Jane and Terra” in the comments of this blog. Let’s make something good happen for some deserving San Franciscans, and get these broke ladies a wedding.