Out actor Sir Ian McKellen is among the more than 1,200 people who have signed a petition to save Britain's “trendiest gay dive.”

Since David A. Pollard opened the Joiners Arms in 1997, it has been central to the East London gay scene.

In 2009, Gay Times Magazine described the bar as “Britain's trendiest gay dive.”

The venue is frequented by singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf and designers Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane.

The bar lost its lease in January and the 3-story building is set for demolition to make way for new apartments.

“But there’s a way to fight this proposal,” the petition states. “We have recently successfully secured the building to be designated with ‘community asset’ status, which means that we, as the local community, will have the first option to purchase the building if it is put up for sale. If the current owners were to accept our offer, and if Tower Hamlets Council block planning applications to make The Joiners into luxury flats, our plan is to make The Joiners Arms east London’s only dedicated LGBTQI democraticly-run, cooperative community centre, whilst continuing the legendary pub at its heart.”

“The Joiners Arms is more than just a pub; it is a place in which a diverse community has come together to celebrate differences and confront issues that affect us all.”

“These values are now threatened by corporate profit margins. … The current owners are planning to sell the building to property developers who will turn The Joiners into luxury flats. The Joiners will become yet another victim of rapid, heart-breaking and ruthless gentrification of London, particularly in the East End,” the petition adds.

In December, McKellen urged his followers on Twitter to “help save The Joiners” by signing a successful petition against a police plan to curb the pub's hours.