Heklina gained fame as Trannyshack’s erstwhile MC, keeping a tight rein on the chaos with her unflappable humor and sparkling wit. She is a premier hostess and DJ for hire around San Francisco, and has graced the Folsom St. Fair, Castro St. Fair, Gay Pride Main Stage, Castro Theater, and Halloween Main Stage, in addition to hosting numerous fundraisers for, among others, PAWS, Project Open Hand, AIDS Housing Alliance, Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, Bay Positives, Lyric, the AIDS Emergency Fund, the UCSF Positive Health Project, Community United Against Violence, and Marriage Equality. She has been seen on the E! Entertainment Network, NBC’s“Trauma” “The Cho Show”, VH1, “Playing it Straight”, Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”, BBC Television’s “Around the World in 80 Raves”, the Scissor Sister’s “Filthy Gorgeous” video, and as a guest on the Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake shows. She recently, in 2011, introduced Britney Spears for Good Morning America. Her film credits include the festival favorites Baby Jane? and All About Evil. Theater credits include a starring role in the 2006 Theater Rhino production TROG!, and producer and featured actor (in the role of Dorothy Zbornak) in the popular San Francisco Golden Girls plays. She was voted Community Grand Marshal of the 2004 San Francisco GLBTQ Pride Parade, and was the subject of two documentaries in the 2005 Frameline SF Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. In 2009 she won the Pride Creativity Award for outstanding artistic contribution to the LGBT Community. Check her out at trannyshack.com
WINDY PLAINS (MC)
Windy Plains has been gracing local stages, sharing casserole recipes and beauty advice, since her win of the 2000 Faux Queen Pageant. Her creator, Julia Mitchell, also holds the 2001 Mr. Trannyshack title as drag king Paul Wanka. S/he has appeared in numerous productions in and out of drag, including a 5 woman production of Macbeth with Woman’s Will, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night with Curtain Theatre, CC Chesterfield in Foul Play’s Stale Magnolias and Spock in an all drag rendition of the Star Trek episode Mudd’s Women. Her most recent accomplishment is producing a real-live baby boy, Frederick, who already loves to put on make-up.
Holy McGrail, a local Bay Area performance artist, travels the nation as a drag cultural envoy, dispelling myths and taboos as she is one bad ass Faux Queen Diva Extraordinaire. Holy is widely known for her innovative & campy drag performances that have entertained many audiences for the last 8 years, her unique over-the-top drag look and her dedication to the art of drag. She is also a nightlife socialite and donates her talents to raise money for various charities within the LGBT community. And with the power of social media, Holy McGrail’s fan base continues to grow and she is currently mentoring and encouraging a new generation of aspiring fabulous faux queens around the country and beyond. You can friend (or stalk) Holy McGrail at www.facebook.com/fauxqueendiva
A fearless musician, playwright and singer by nature, trixxie writes and plays all the instruments on her own songs and performs them as theatrical pieces, mixing her talent for acting and directing together with her original music and experimentalist philosophies regarding current events, religion, politics and the meaning of life. As a faux queen, Miss Trixxie Carr performs solo or with dancers either lip-syncing or singing live in a mix of comedy-burlesque-performance art. Obsessed with existentialist despair yet a hopeless optimist, trixxie is never afraid to look at the subtext of our words and actions on an intimate and global level, and she attacks with wit and satire the phallacies of blind belief, while still embracing emotion and romanticism, using imagery and metaphor to connect her ideas and reach out to her audiences. trixxiecarr.com
This performer goes by many names. You might know her as the Girl With a 1,000 Faces, the Amy Sedaris of Burlesque, and the Devil's Ex-Wife. She is the founder of Sugar Shack Burlesque, producer of Curvicious Cabaret, member of Sin Sisters Burlesque, and The Hubba Hubba Revue. She was 1st runner up the drag king contest 2012, and is the Reigning Miss Faux Queen 2012, Miss Lady Satan
Kegel Kater is a glam and gore makeup artist, media artist, drag performer and professional traveler. She began her drag career at The Bridge Theater winning a look-alike contest for Jeri Blank. Her performances and makeup work have made appearances on National Geographic Chanel and The Science Chanel. She occasionally makes music using her pubococcygeal muscle with her band The Electric Orifice Orchestraand likes exploring tidepools. Kegel is looking forward to judging the children.
BRANDI AMARA SKYY
Brandi Amara Skyy is an artist who seeks to transform traditional notions of drag, gender, and performance through her two favorite mediums: dance and writing. A diva to the max, she is a selfproclaimed faux queen but is often referred to by her drag family as a “bona fide drag queen.” She holds a Bachelor’s in Dance and a MA in Women’s Studies with an emphasis in LGBTQ and Gender/Performance Studies. She is the founder of www.fauxqueens.com –an online resource and meeting place for faux queens and other female drag performers from all over the world to share their stories, connect, and advertise their upcoming shows.
As a performer, Brandi toured with the Bob Marley Festival in the late 90’s, opened up for John Secada, taught belly dance workshops all over the U.S., and currently performers all over the United States. Brandi danced her way into the drag scene when she was introduced to her soon-to-be drag mother, Jenna Skyy, in 2005. Since then, she has choreographed, performed, and competed in many drag pageants, shows, and charity events thus becoming a staple in the Dallas drag community. She is the current Miss Oklahoma Diva USofA and was named one of Dallas’ Ultimate Diva’s in 2011. A testament to her knowledge, involvement, support, and commitment to the art of drag, she has judged numerous local and state pageants including prelims to Miss Gay America and Miss Gay USofA.
As an author, she started and maintains two blogs, Dragspirations and The Drag Fish, and was the official blogger of RuPaul’s Drag U corset sponsor, The Corset Connection. Her current writing projects include: organizing and editing the first of its kind anthology on female drag queen performers from all artistic mediums: burlesque, drag, fashion, theater, set to be published in 2014; and a hybrid genre (part memoir, part academic, part autoethnographic) book based upon her Master thesis, “Faux Queens—Fauxing the Real: Biological Women, the Art of Drag, and Why the Real IS Drag and/or How I became a Drag Queen and/or How to Paint a Drag Mug” also set to be published in 2014.
She is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of GAG – the first high glam, high fashion, haute drag magazine and teaches performance make-up and performance classes all over the country. Her future plans include entrepreneurial work in the field of drag and organizing an annual show that highlights queer performers, choreographers, and artists.
When she’s not in drag, she works for and with her LGBTQ community at the leading LGBTQ/HIV/AIDS organization in Dallas, is a practicing yogi on the constant lookout for all things sparkly and rhinestone, a student of life, and loving partner to the best bartender in Dallas!
Within days of her first coming out into the world, Ruby met & began a long & very FRUITful collaboration with Diet Popstitute & KLUBSTiTUTE, which included Ruby's Rated Xmas, the Clinton Inaugural BALLSTiTUTE (she was Hillary), The Virgin Queen Contest, Hard Cock Cafe & many more. In 1995, she co-created (with Diet) & hosted the 1st Faux Queen Pageant & after Diet's passing, helped found the KLUBSTiTUTE KOLLECTiVE which among other insanities, produced a total of 10 Faux Queen Pageants. In 1995 & again In 1997, she wrote & directed Rocky Horror Superstar: the Jesus of Frankenfurter Saga in which she also played GOD. In a previous incarnation, she spent years doing political satire & comedy with Plutonium Players, The Reagan for Shah Campaign & Ladies Against Women. Yea, but what's she done lately? For some time, she's been the victim of a bad case of acute ennui, which is not uncommon when you've been 39 for as long as she has. She recently ended up on disability with a bad back & carpal tunnel, no doubt from too high heels & too many hand jobs, though all the years of working drywall probably didn't help & is looking for a new career.
Martiny Downsize is a professional judge and sidekick. Her hobbies include judging and sidekicking. She has been called the Ed McMahon of drag, and like Ed McMahon she makes all of her own make up. Martiny holds the titles of Most Flawed and Tragic Drag Queen in San Francisco and the Most Beautiful Lady in Oakland.
Deena Davenport had graced stages across San Francisco in many drag forms, from Lefty Fister, (Mr. Trannyshack, 2002), to winning "Best Drag Queen" in the 1992 Gay Pride parade. (First Bio Female!) She is now busy runner her glamour emporium; The Glama-Rama hair salon and gallery, Deejaying on Radio Valencia and is President and founder of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association.