RIP Heklina

“Swallowing is really a good thing.  It’s got a lot of protein. 
There is something to be said for it after you put in the hard work.

Christina Aguilera.  I think my work here is done.

The word “legendary” is tossed around haphazardly these days.  But Heklina was just that…legendary.  The drag diva was a multi-hyphenate, best known for founding Trannyshack in 1996, a weekly fixture at The Stud in San Francisco.  Ironically, one of the reasons for its demise was many people’s distaste for the term “tranny”.  Heklina, undaunted, moved on to a number of other endeavors and became a worldwide drag phenomenon.  Last week, in the midst of a UK tour of Mommie Queerest with pal Peaches Christ, she was found dead in their apartment.  No cause of death has been determined, but foul play is not suspected.  Heklina – aka Stefan Grygelko – was 55.


Some episodes of Doctor Who will be released over the holidays, and the latest “doctor” will be someone from our tribe.  Ncuti Gatwa will not only be the first black Doctor Who, he’ll also be the first queer one!  I should also mention he’s mighty hot and has never been afraid to show some skin, as you’ll see on our website.  His tenure at the helm will coincide with some special guest stars.  Showrunner Russell T. Davies (of Queer as Folk and It’s a Sin) has said, “In a galaxy of comets and supernovas, here comes the biggest star of all.  Jinkx Monsoon is on a collision course with the TARDIS and Doctor Who will never be the same again!”  Add in the presence of previously announced Neil Patrick Harris and I expect Florida to ban it any day now.

By the by, NPH is headed back to BroadwayPeter Pan Goes Wrong is an outrageous romp by the people who brought us The Play That Goes Wrong.  It opens on April 19th and will have a number of high-profile celebrity guests.  As NPH said, “The role of the Narrator mostly sits in a chair and reads a book, so apparently no rehearsals are required.  I guess that’s fine…what could possibly go wrong?”  Catch him in the show through April 30th.

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