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After 12 years, LGBTQ+ safe space Today x Future is closing down

This afternoon, Cubao bar Today x Future (TxF) announced its closure in a heartfelt Instagram post.

“After long days and nights of deliberation, wrestling options and way too much alcohol to cushion the emotion, we are left with the decision to say farewell,” read TxF’s statement or “love letter” as they called it. 

 

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The bar is also famously attributed as a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. “We’ll always remember them fondly, from the loud, endless singalongs and sardinas sayawan to the quiet moments when we realize how much we all mean to each other.”

If you’re thinking about the fate of TxF’s Poblacion counterpart, the team assured that Futur:st’s operations are still running, and will continue to do so “as long as we can keep it that way.”

TxF will be holding an online Pride celebration in lieu of a physical closing party on June 27. More details will be announced on their social media pages soon.

Let’s all raise our drinks one last time to Today x Future, the legendary safe space that gave us the best dance parties of our lives. 

Read Today x Future’s full statement below:

Today x Future is closing.

After long days and nights of deliberation, wrestling options and way too much alcohol to cushion the emotion, we are left with the decision to say farewell.

We would have turned 12 years old but alas, the uncertainty has made it incredibly difficult. However, this isn’t a statement about sorrow and regrets and wishing things would have been different. This is a love letter—a love letter to all of you who have kept our Future shining bright for over a decade.

We don’t know what the future holds but we hold on to all the unforgettable memories. We’ll always remember them fondly, from the loud, endless singalongs and sardinas sayawan to the quiet moments when we realise how much we all mean to each other.

Thank you to all our promoters, our performers, our tireless staff and all our regulars, old and new. You have made our tiny abode the warmest, most nurturing nursery it can be.

As we close another chapter, we keep one open. Futur:st, our baby sibling in Poblacion will remain open as long as we can keep it that way. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing plans to welcome you back there in another shape and form, and we hope you can continue to support us and make it your second home.

We may not be able to throw Today x Future the closing party it truly deserved but we are throwing one last hurrah on June 27, with our online Pride celebration. More details to be announced in the coming days!

What is coming is better than what is gone? Who knows? Perhaps we’ll see you again in the near future ❤

We love you. We thank you. We will miss you.

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How a dance party became a safe space for queer Asians in New York

Photo from Today x Future on Instagram

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