Heklina and LeMay Dish on Drag, Sex, and 20 Years of Oral History

NOTE: This is part one of Steven LeMay's epic sitdown with Heklina, the San Francisco drag legend. For part two, check back next Tuesday.

Last Thursday morning, with nothing less than a few hours to lose before work, I managed to snag an interview with one of SFs biggest queens, Heklina.

When I say 'big', I am not referring to big, as in size, because as she is proud to flaunt, she recently lost 25lbs, and no, not by the removal of her head. (Trust me, as you will find out, her 'head' is still intact).

She is preparing for her birthday celebration this Friday night at DNA Lounge (375 Eleventh Street). It's a “Best of Trannyshack” show with great performances from the past year and a special appearance from J. Vivian Bond.

So I jauntily walked (ran) to her palatial (small) Pacific Heights (Lower Haight) condo (studio). I was graciously greeted by her doorman (a sneer from her possessive cat, Einar) and handed over my housewarming gift to the hostess (non-fat milk for our coffee.)

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