James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Trannyshack's David Bowie Tributes

David Bowie Tribute, June 2008

Bowie Night flyer, June 2002
Since his death on Sunday, there have been many loving tributes to the life and music of David Bowie (1947-2016). His performances were unforgettable. And his fluid approach to gender made him an icon in the LGBT community.

The club Trannyshack, founded by Steven Grygelko a.k.a. Heklina, was staged every Tuesday at midnight at the Stud, a South of Market gay bar in San Francisco. It ran from 1996-2008 and had occasional tribute nights that celebrated the music of a single performer such as Madonna, Annie Lennox, Blondie and Cher.

Club Gossip vs. Trannyshack! September 2006
Naturally David Bowie was in that number. In fact, between 2002 and 2008, there are four flyers featuring Bowie--more than any other musician! (Don't worry. Madonna, Cher, and Annie Lennox ran a close second.)

We've included the four Bowie flyers as our own tribute. Two of the events were birthday celebrations for club founder Heklina. Who wouldn't want to be part of the Bowie lip-synch war? And I just wish I'd been there for the "Trannyshack! Interpretation of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars."

Trannyshack! Interpretation of Ziggy Stardust
& the Spiders from Mars, July 2007

You can find these flyers/posters (and many more) in the Trannyshack Collection (GLC 58) which is available through the San Francisco History Center, 6th floor, Main Library. So go ahead. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues away by visiting the archives.

1 comment:

Dee Dee said...

Thank you for this!