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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.[1]

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 on Feast of Fools[2]


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.[3] Trannyshack is the longest running drag event in San Francisco, but has evolved to larger monthly events.

She also co-produces and co-hosts the Miss Trannyshack Pageant widely considered the premiere annual drag event in San Francisco that has sold out every year since inception.[4][5][6]

Theater and community actitivites[edit]

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.[7] She was voted Community Grand Marshal of the 2004 San Francisco GLBTQ Pride Parade.,[8] and won the 2009 Pride Creativity Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the LGBT Community. She was sainted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.[9] 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.,[10] and also starred in the film "Baby Jane?".




  1. ^ Swan, Rachel, "Kiss That Stud Goodbye", East Bay Express, August 13, 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  2. ^ "FOF #419 - Tricks, Treats and Trannies - 10.31.06", Feast of Fools, October 31, 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  3. ^ Del Mar, Pollo, "Reigning Miss Trannyshack Reflects on Legendary Club", San Francisco Bay Times, August 14, 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "The MISS TRANNYSHACK PAGEANT 2006" announcement, 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  6. ^ Eccentric California: The Bradt Travel Guide (2005) ; Jan Friedman, ISBN 1-84162-126-9, ISBN 978-1-84162-126-5.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ San Francisco Pride 2003 Event List, from the SFPride website. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Sister Dana Van Iquity, "Peaches Christ Puts Out Fierce DVD", San Francisco Bay Times, July 13, 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2009.

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