Heklina is the stage name of Stefan Grygelko, who founded Trannyshack (1996), is an American actor, drag queen, and entrepreneur in San Francisco. Heklina is half-Icelandic and named herself after the Icelandic volcano Hekla.
I think that drag queens are still the eunuch clown that’s safe to laugh at. It’s definitively not shocking anymore. So I don't know if America’s really embraced it. The early 90s was when RuPaul and it was the first time any drag queen had mainstream exposure. I don’t really see a drag queen breaking out like that [again].”
Heklina co-founded Trannyshack, and has hosted the show from its inception in 1996 at the Stud bar and continues to host the special events throughout San Francisco and in other - mainly California - cities. Trannyshack is the longest running drag event in San Francisco, but has evolved to larger monthly events.
Theater and community actitivites
Heklina also acts in local theater productions, most notably the S.F. Golden Girls productions (as Dorothy Zbornak) and emcees a variety of community and charitable events including the Folsom Street Fair (along with Sister Roma) and San Francisco Pride. She was voted Community Grand Marshal of the 2004 San Francisco GLBTQ Pride Parade., and won the 2009 Pride Creativity Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the LGBT Community. She was sainted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Heklina co-stars in a series of short films, the "Tran-ilogy of Terror", drag queen horror spoofs written and directed by long-time collaborator Peaches Christ., and also starred in the film "Baby Jane?".
- Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story (2005) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468563/
- The House of Venus Show" (2006)
- Spin the Bottle (2005)
- Season of the Troll (2001)
- A Nightmare on Castro Street (2002) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418957/
- Whatever Happened to Peaches Christ? (2004)
- "Baby Jane?"
- "The Cho Show" with Margaret Cho http://www.logotv.com/video/episode-7-cho-place-like-home/1651948/playlist.jhtml
- "Trauma" (2009) http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi935265561/
- "The Daily Show"
- "Playing It Straight"
- The Ricki Lake Show
- Jerry Springer
- Swan, Rachel, "Kiss That Stud Goodbye", East Bay Express, August 13, 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- "FOF #419 - Tricks, Treats and Trannies - 10.31.06", Feast of Fools, October 31, 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- Del Mar, Pollo, "Reigning Miss Trannyshack Reflects on Legendary Club", San Francisco Bay Times, August 14, 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
- Buck, Jenn, "Queens vie for the Trannyshack crown: Miss Trannyshack Pageant 2005 is set for this Saturday night", Bay Area Reporter, 17 November 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- "The MISS TRANNYSHACK PAGEANT 2006" announcement, 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- Eccentric California: The Bradt Travel Guide (2005) ; Jan Friedman, ISBN 1-84162-126-9, ISBN 978-1-84162-126-5.
- Vaziri, Aidin, "On the Town with Heklina: All the city's a stage for this drag queen", SFGate (part of San Francisco Chronicle), October 22, 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- San Francisco Pride 2003 Event List, from the SFPride website. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- Sister Dana Van Iquity, "Saints Alive! Heklina and Peaches Christ Join Mother Teresa" (interview), San Francisco Bay Times, July 26, 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
- Sister Dana Van Iquity, "Peaches Christ Puts Out Fierce DVD", San Francisco Bay Times, July 13, 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2009.